Magazine article School Arts

Shapes & Letters

Magazine article School Arts

Shapes & Letters

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Can you remember some of the first things you ever learned? You learned to hold a spoon and feed yourself. After falling down many times, you learned to get back up. You learned the names of colors. Then, when you were ready, you learned the ABCs - the letters of the alphabet. Later, you learned to put the letters together to make words. Letters were exciting and new to you then.

What is a letter? It is part of a word. It is a sound. It can represent your name if it is used as an initial. You are familiar with the way letters are used in words. You can read them and understand their meanings.

Have you ever noticed the shape of a letter. Some letters are straight and strong. Some are curvy and fancy. A letter may be thin or fat. You can get to know a letter by just looking at it as a shape.

Graphic artists sometimes use letters to make designs. The letter can be turned upside-down or backwards. Several letters may be put together in unusual positions to make interesting graphic designs. Letters of different sizes may be used together. …

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