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Newspaper Blackout: a creative way for students to introduce themselves


blackout artExperimental artists have been creating blackout art long before Austin Kleon, but it was his bestselling collections—Newspaper Blackout (2010) and Steal Like an Artist (2012)—that gave us an idea: What if students used blackout art to introduce themselves on the first day of school?

First, what is blackout art?
All you need is a newspaper article (or any form of print media) and a Sharpie. Once you hand out the supplies, explain to your students that you want them to tell you one thing about themselves by blacking out all of the words on the page that they don’t intend to use in their sentence.

So instead of starting with a blank page and worrying about what in the world they should write, your students are simply eliminating words they don’t need.

Once your students are done, have them share their sentences with the class. And just think, it’s only the first day of class and already you have cool new artwork to hang on the walls!

If you’re interested in a few more creative writing strategies, check out three of our blogs:




What a great idea! A lot of students do get stuck on what to write but given the chance to black-out words that don't work for them is such a great alternative!
Posted @ Sunday, June 23, 2013 8:45 PM by nothy
Thanks for reading, Nothy! 
-The MAT Team
Posted @ Monday, June 24, 2013 8:26 AM by The MAT Team
I just showed one of my summer school students this assignment and she started smiling and said, "that's cool! It seems like it will be a lot of fun...very creative."
Posted @ Monday, June 24, 2013 9:21 AM by aaron
Hi, Aaron:  
Thanks for sharing. If your student gives this a try, we'd love to see the final product! 
-The MAT Team
Posted @ Monday, June 24, 2013 9:23 AM by The MAT Team
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