|artists and craftspeople's monograms|
Throughout history, artists and craftspeople have signed their work in a number of ways, often with a monogram. Monograms first appeared in the West on coins, around 350BC. In China the tradition of signing your artwork with a stamp ('stampo') is very ancient. The same idea is used by graffiti artists to design their tags.
A really lovely exercise is to design your own monogram. You can try:
* Playing with your own initials by overlapping different sizes of letters
* Try different shapes outlining the monogram in circles, diamonds, squiggles...
* Use colour
* Next time you draw or paint a picture, sign it with your personal monogram.
* Try designing a monogram for a friend or family member
|Joe's exploding monogram|
For children who enjoy drawing and designing, this is a sideway step into to writing. They're beginning the process of writing without even realizing it.
Exercises like these help to foster joy and delight in letter forms. Individual letters can be playful and played with and children can take ownership of them, banishing the fear and boredom from writing.
|Joe's initials, not truly a monogram as they're not joined into one whole, but still a lovely job - an artwork in its own right/write.|
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