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Graffiti Name Art Project For Kids

There are many different ways to create name designs with children. We have made thousands of different name designs with kids, and here is one of our favorites for upper elementary or middle school students.

Erin name design drawing.

Why You Will Love This Art Idea


  • KID FRIENDLY – The biggest challenge is getting kids to draw largely.
  • INDIVIDUALIZED – While we will provide step-by-step guidance, children are still creative to add their own choices.
  • CAN MODIFY SUPPLIES – We like to complete these name projects with drawing materials, but they would also make great paintings.

Art Skills Used

  • Color knowledge such as warm and cool colors.
  • How to blend, add shading, use patterns and other elements of designs.
  • Introduce composition to children. Encourage children to draw large enough so they have space to color their name projects.

Supplies you’ll need

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  • White Drawing Paper Cut To 6″ x 9″
  • Colored Pencils*
  • Pencil
  • Permanent Black Marker

*If you can afford it, Scholar Prismas are super fun for upper elementary and middle school students to work with.

drawing supplies on white paper.

How To Create Bubble or Block Letters

  1. LIGHTLY SKETCH NAME – Encourage children to draw as light as possible as these will be guidelines.
  2. CREATE BUBBLE OR BLOCK – Trace around the letters to create your bubble or block lettering. Kids can use different lines, such as a zigzag lines, cloud lines, etc., to get interesting letters.
    collage of name design being drawn.
  3. TRACE WITH BLACK MARKER – Carefully outline your letters.
  4. ADD 3-D THICKER LINES – Pick an imaginary light source and make the lines away from it thicker using a chisel-tip marker or regular black marker.
  5. ERASE EXTRA LINES

Draw A Shape Behind The

Add a large shape of choice behind the whole name. This will give you a place to put contrasting colored pencils.

erin name drawn bubble letters with black marker.

Tips For Using Colored Pencils

  1. Pick warm or cool colored pencils.
  2. Use those colors inside the letters.
  3. Experiment with blending colors, using a colorless blender and getting full coverage with the colored pencils.
drawing of E block letter with warm colored pencils.

NO HAIRY LINES – When teaching color pencil techniques, we like to tell students not to have hairy lines and to color in one direction.

Add Color Pencil To The Background Shape

Once the inside shape is complete, students can use the opposite color family to design and color the shape. The goal is to have contrast so that their name stands out.

hand using blue colored pencil in drawing.

Drawing The Background

For this particular name design, we love having the black and white designs contrast with the colored pencils.

Erin name design drawing.

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Tips

  • Using a colorless blender pencil can help students achieve better success.
  • Practice sketching names and letters prior to starting on the final name project.
  • If using drawing materials only, working on smaller paper may be easier.

More Upper Elementary Ideas

We hope your students enjoy creating a colorful name art project that represents who they are. As always encourage young artists to put their own spin on what they are creating.

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Graffiti Name Art Project Idea

Use this step-by-step drawing tutorial to create a colorful name art project for kids.
Print Tutorial
Erin name design drawing.
Prep:2 minutes
Creating:45 minutes
Total Time:47 minutes

Equipment

  • 1 Pencil

Supplies

Instructions

  • LIGHTLY SKETCH NAME – Encourage children to draw as light as possible as these will be guidelines.
  • CREATE BUBBLE OR BLOCK – Trace around the letters to create your bubble or block lettering. Kids can use different types of lines, such as a zigzag line, cloud line, etc., to get interesting letters.
  • TRACE WITH BLACK MARKER – Carefully outline your letters.
  • ADD 3-D THICKER LINES – Pick an imaginary light source and make the lines away from it thicker using a chisel-tip marker or regular black marker.
  • ERASE EXTRA LINES
  • ADD LARGE SHAPE – Use a pencil to draw a large shape of choice behind the whole name.
  • USE COLORED PENCILS to color letters and shape behind.
  • USE BLACK MARKER to create a pattern in the negative space.

Notes

  • Use warm or cool colored pencils inside the letters.
  • Choose the opposite for the shape.
  • Encourage students to color in one direction and overlap colors.
  • Using a colorless blender or white colored pencil can help students achieve better results.
Author: Erin
Cost: under $5

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