CARDBOARD LETTERS Using what you learned by doing exercises 1, 2, and 3 you are going to build three (or more) 5” tall 3D letters. You may make your initials or a short word. Your letters will need to be able to stand up right without support. PROCESS
Use light weight or corrugated cardboard. glue and or tape.
Measure your letters carefully. (Measure twice cut once). Draw them out so that you have a front and back which are the same size. They must be at least (but can be larger) 5” tall 2” wide and 1” thick or deep. REMEMBER: They must be able to stand on their own so deeper than 1” might make it easier for them to remain upright.
Tabs can provide a way to hold one piece to another. Your tabs can be on the side pieces, the front and back pieces or both. In order to help the tabs fold it is wise to score them. To score, take a soft point (not a bade) and draw it along the fold line on the side of the tab you want to fold in.
If you choose to use corrugated cardboard you may prefer no tabs. You will however, need to camouflage the edges so we cannot see the corrugated cardboard. The easiest solution is to tape all along the outside of the seam. On curves you will need to clip the tape the same way you would clip a tab so the tape can lay down smoothly. You will also need to clip corners if you want to tape around them. Your seams must be fully closed along every edge.
If your letters have inner holes (A,B,D, O, P, Q, and R) they must be enclosed inside and out like you did to the zero in exercise 3.
In order to have enough cardboard for the dimensions your letters will most likely need to be in separate pieces like you used in exercise 3.
Once your letters are put together and you have no gaps in your seams, the fun part begins! Finish your letters by painting them or otherwise decorating them. How you finish them should reflect what the letters represent. If they are your initials, they should reflect your personality or interests. If they spell a word, they should reflect the meaning of the word. In addition to paint, we have tissue paper, construction paper, beads, yarn, feathers, fabric, etc.
FOR AN ADDITIONAL CHALLENGE: If you want to connect your letters like bubble writing (meaning pushed together) you may. The contour of the form (the outer edge) should still reflect that you have at least three different letters and the way you finish them should reinforce that fact.
Below is the feedback/grading sheet which will be used for this project. Each criteria is worth 1-5 points as follows: 5—The artist uses the skill, technique, or concept consistently and successfully. 4—The artist attempts the skill, technique, or concept with irregular success. 3—The work shows both a limited attempt at employing the skill, technique, or concept and limited success. 2—The artist rarely uses the skill, technique, or concept and needs more practice. 1—The artist has not tried to employ the skill, technique, or concept. STUDENT: _______ The artist followed (or got permission to changed) each requirement of the assignment—size, material, and subject matter. _______ The artist completed the assignment in a timely manner both not hurrying just to get done yet also finishing by the due date. _______ The artist applied the skills from exercises 1, 2, and 3 to enhance his/her work on the project. _______ The artist took care with measuring his/her letters keeping them a uniform size or intensionally making them different sizes. _______ The artist camouflaged his/her edges and or used tabs to avoid gaps on the edges. _______ The work was finished in an engaging manner which alsoenhanced the meaning of the piece. _______ The work reflects a seriousness of intent with regard to craftsmanship. Smudges, drips, etc are hidden or cleaned-up. _______ The artist was intentional with regard to mark making (direction of lines and his/her color choices. _______ The Artist paid attention to how the work would be displayed. _______ The project was properly labeled. _______ Final points /50 COMMENTS: