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Square 1 Art – Inspired by Melanie Mikecz

Square 1 Art – Inspired by Melanie Mikecz

Every year for the last 15 years since Square 1 Art has been in existence, I have participated in this fundraiser. It is an easy to manage and has raised my classroom a TON of money. Β What is a ton? Β over $25,000! Β I teach in an elementary school that supports this type of fundraising, I do realize, not everyone does. Β I have a profit each year between $1200 – $2400. Β Profits can depend on how adorable the projects are to how well the economy is doing. Β Having the extra cash flow has enabled me to make purchases for my classroom that I would not have been able to make.

Every year I choose a theme of some type. Β This year I chose the artist/illustrator Melanie Mikecz. Β I put together a Prezi of her work , and then got busy being inspired by her patterns on her fun subjects. ALL of her illustrations are created digitally, yet she considers works to be mixed media. Β She starts with paintings or basic design on paper, scans and photoshops away! No originals exist! Β Only digital files! Here is a sample of her great work…

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2016-10-06_08-03-12Β  Β 2016-10-06_08-03-41


I find with Square 1 Art projects, it is important to use strong black line to draw and pattern. Β It gives the artwork contrast which is important when students order smaller products. Β When their images shrink, it is still clear. Β I explained to my students that the artist did not use black in any of her work, but we needed to for the purpose of reprinting our artwork on fun products. Β Here are some of our works inspired by Melanie Mikecz!

First Grade Fish!

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Second Grade Turtles!

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Third Grade Butterflies!

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Fourth Grade Parrots!

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Fifth Grade Owls!

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  • Mrs B
    Posted at 12:18h, 14 October Reply

    So effective, thank you for your comments and ideas. I will be doing these with my children. I love all the bright colours and the little details that the children have added makes each one different.

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