Friday, February 17, 2012

The Hunger Games: an art project

I saw an example of a Wordling using the Mockingjay pin as the guidelines for the words.  It was created with a computer program and looked really cool.  Looking at it, I thought, "Hey, I could do that by hand!"  And that was the beginning of our first Hunger Games project.

Here's our finished projects:

I started by creating a sample so they would understand what I had in mind.  They were having a hard time picture it with the computer-generated.

Mika decided to go with silver on black.  I love how she increased her letter size around the ring.

Sam increased his letter size, as well, but he also threw in a bunch of numbers.

Here's how you do it:

STEP 1: Create an account at and download this product (as of this writing, it is free).  Check out the creator's other great Hunger Games products!

STEP 2: On page 6 of the above download, there is an outline of the mockingjay pin.  Print it.

STEP 3: Trace the printout onto your art paper.  If you are using thin white paper (printer paper works), you can just place the printout under your paper and trace it.  If your paper is thicker, a light table might help.  If you are using really thick paper or black paper, use some sort of tracing material.

STEP 4: Choosing words pertinent to the story, fill in the space with words.  I used all the same size lettering with the exception of mockingjay.  As you can see above, my kids altered their lettering more.

STEP 5: Erase the pencil markings.

STEP 6: Sign your art and enjoy it.

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