SWOOSH – Identity, Line, Typography

Students work with a partner to create a quick monoprint by each making a swoosh of paint on paper and then rubbing the two paintings together. They compare the results and then use their own print as the starting point for an abstract self-portrait that includes words and symbols.

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SWOOSH – Identity, Line, Typography


  • Crayola Paint Brushes
  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Glue Sticks
  • Crayola Markers
  • Crayola Tempera Paint
  • Crayola Construction Paper
  • Paper Towels


Step 1
  1. Load your brush with lots of paint.
  2. Paint on the paper with one continuous bold stroke until the paint runs out.
  3. Let your energy flow in a 'swoosh'.
Step 2
  1. Work with a partner.
  2. Make sure both paintings are still wet.
Step 3
  1. Place your partner's painting on the table with the paint facing up.
  2. Place your painting on top of your partner's painting with the paint facing down.
  3. Rub the papers together.
Step 4
  1. Pull the papers apart.
  2. You have made monoprints.
  3. View your monoprints side by side.
    - How are they the same?
    - How are they different?
    - What stands out in each print?
Step 5
  1. Brainstorm a list of things that represent you, for example,
    - personality traits
    - favourite colours
    - favourite foods and things
    - favourite activities
    - favourite subjects
  2. Choose the qualities you want to include in your design to turn your swoosh print into an abstract self-portrait.
  3. Use markers and construction paper to add words and symbols to your swoosh print.
  4. Let the shapes and spaces guide your thinking.
Step 6
  1. View your self-portrait with fresh eyes.
  2. Work with a partner.
  3. Take turns interpreting each other's self-portraits. (Downloads – InterpretArt.pdf)
    - fold the Interpreting Art form in half along the centre line.
    - write what your wanted to communicate in your self-portrait on the A-artist side of the form.
    - do not let your partner see what you have written
    - trade pictures and forms with the B-partner side facing up
    - do not look at what your partner has written
    - write what you think the picture means on the B-partner side of the form
    - return the papers and pictures
    - read and discuss what you both have written
  4. Share your interpretations.
    - What did you learn about your partner?
    - What did you learn about yourself?
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