This mixed media project attracts a lot of attention from other students as they try to discover the name in the sculpture.
While they are doing this we talk about positive (the letters) and negative (shapes between) space. Check their work to make sure when they cut the letters out that they do not have one large piece remaining.
Next students colour the letters and include patterns.
Then the negative spaces are coloured. Positive and negative spaces are coloured with pencil crayons and/or markers.
Once the front is completely finished, the work is turned over.
Students now paint the back of the bristol board with a variety of colours and patterns. Let dry. The back is painted because it will be seen in the final project.
Letters are cut out next and all the negative shapes are also saved.
Glue was used to attach the pieces which were held in place with paper clips until dry. Staples can also be used.
Once completed, a loop of string was attached and the sculptures were hung in the room.
Although I've done this with my older students, it could be easily adapted to other grades.