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Micrography and
Martin Luther King Jr.

Students worked hard all week? Do they deserve a special reward for a job well done? This activity will offer students a nice break from structured learning. Adapt it to fit your needs. Have some Friday Fun!


"I'm always looking for meaningful ways to celebrate Black History Month that tie into an art project," teacher Nora Redfern told Education World. "I wanted something that would include all the students and, hopefully, the faculty, too."

First Redfern and a few student assistants used an overhead projector to project a large transparency image of Dr. King onto a wall. They then traced the significant lines in the image onto brown builder's paper (to simulate brown skin color) to create a silhouette-like drawing. The drawing was done in three sections, each about 3 feet wide by 8 feet long (so the entire portrait measured 9 feet wide by 8 feet long).

After the outline was traced, Redfern and her helpers took the portrait down from the wall and distributed one section to each of three social studies teachers on campus. In their social studies classrooms, students signed their names to their section of the portrait, in the areas that would become Dr. King's hair, nose, mouth, mustache, eyes, brows and significant shadow lines

Click the link below to see the results of this activity. We think you'll agree that the likeness of Dr. King is pretty amazing.


Micrography and Martin Luther King Jr.
Education World (January 6, 2006)

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Article by Gary Hopkins
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