Name art is, as the name implies, art based on your child's name. The end results can be stunning and it really is very easy to do.
The great feature of name art is that it provides a wonderful opportunity to build your child's self-esteem and self-concepts.
How to Create Name Art
Name Art: Step One
Name art starts simply by writing your child's name on a large sheet of paper (we used an A3 sheet). It doesn't need to be perfect as any 'imperfection' adds to the charm of the finished artwork. :o
Make sure you leave 'space' inside each letter as you'll need this to write words.
Name Art: Step Two
Add some wavy lines which criss-cross here and there. This will help to break up the background into different segments. Note: the lines do not go through any of your lettering.
The segments will later be filled in with doodles. Yes, we've been doodling again! If you haven't yet tried it, you're in for a treat. The great thing about doodling is that it's easy to do and there's NO right or wrong way to do it. Everyone can doodle. Yes, everyone is an artist when they doodle!
Name Art: Step Three
Write words inside the lettering of your child's name which describe him or her. For example:
- enjoys eating spinach
- favourite colour is red
- confident snorkeler
- competent swimmer
The descriptions can include likes/dislikes, strengths, aims/goals, or interests. Name art provides a great opportunity for your child to express how he/she sees himself. Of course, family members and friends can also be invited to contribute ideas/descriptions.
Name Art: Step Four
Start doodling in the segments around the outside of the lettering.
If you're looking for some inspiration for your doodles, have a look in the environment around you. Often you'll see patterns in carpets, materials, door screens, bookshelves which may inspire you. Alternatively, do an internet search for Zentangle. Zentangles are basically small drawings which are created out of simple patterns. They are easy and fun to draw.
We used this piece of name art as an opportunity for group artwork whereby we worked together on the doodles. There's something special about engaging in artwork alongside your child. We've found that children often engage more deeply in tasks, or work for longer periods of time, when drawing together with someone else. It's a great opportunity to talk, or to share space quietly together, or to listen to an audio story.
Name Art: Step Five
Add colour if you want to by using water colours, pencils, crayon, pastel, etc. We opted for monotone this time and left our name art as black and white.
Name Art: Step Six
Hang your Name Art masterpiece up and enjoy it.
We'd love to hear about your experiences if you try doing some name art of your own. Feel free to leave a comment on this post or on our facebook page. Have fun doodling!
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