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How are illuminations used in books? Find out about fancy fonts---and make your own decorative designs. John Hancock would be proud!
Have students look closely at several illuminations (in which the first letter on the opening page is intricately illustrated) on the first pages of books. Have them find recent books as well as those that are copies of medieval works. Illuminations typically contain the first letter of the first word of the opening paragraph. See how the letter relates to the word.
Students compare these illuminations to an alphabet book, noting the similarities (the word begins with the featured letter) and the dissimilarities (the illustration in most illuminations is decorative rather than representational).
Students look at various type fonts in a typography book or on a computer and choose a type style that appeals to them. Use Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils to draw a large first letter of their name in that font. Then have them make the letter the main part of a picture that illustrates something important about themselves or an idea that the letter represents.
Students add details with Crayola Metallic Colored Pencils. Fill in areas of color with Crayola Markers.
Display the 7 principles of Kwanzaa in a one-of-a-kind accordion window book.
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