Johannes Gutenburg invented the printing press in 1450...

and so began the Revolution of Printing Words and Arts...

Johannes Gutenburg is A Major Dude in History...

http://greatest-inventions.wikispaces.com/Gutenburg%27s+Printing+Press

and Check out his beard, and the various aesthetics of its 'styling'...



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Art Project # 1: Make A Gutenburg Beard (sort of like a Halloween costume for your face :-) and wear it at school.

I would even suggest the entire class make Gutenburg beards or variations on colorful mustaches (as cookies to eat, etc.)

to all wear on the same day at school, as part of a Gutenburg Celebration and/or Week-long Festival that fills your classrooms

and hallways with Printed Texts and Arts and have a School Assembly Show Celebrating the Printed Word and Printed Arts.


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Simply go to Google Images Search and type in "beards"...BTW, the boy's black mustache is an edible cookie he made...

which he eventually got to eat as a treat...

Now do you think you can have a "Make a Cookie Mustache Day" in your Classroom...? I do like all the colorful ones :-)



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Printed Texts and Printed Arts include:

Illustrated manuscripts, books of all kinds, posters, world alphabets, famous historical documents: The Declaration of Independence,

The U.S. Constitution, famous people's diary pages, inventions and their patents, song lyrics, poems, newspapers, magazines, greeting cards, postcards, comic books, graphic novels, historical maps, atlases, star charts, recipes, the list of Maybelline569 Shades of Colors, art pictures, paper memorabilia, and of course computer printouts and digital web 2.0 documents, everything you can gather to "Collage your School" and videos and movies and music, etc.

(If you go to Google Image Search and type in "Johannes Gutenburg", you will see what I mean...)

Have a Gutenburg Festival of Fun at your School...

If that is a little "too much" for you, start small and be creative... it's your Classroom and your Principal...

Okay, I'll be quiet for a while... :-)

Allen

Your Artist and Writer-in-Residence

to be continued...

Fiat Lux and Fiat Paper...