"The words I use are everyday words and yet are not the same!"
    —Paul Claudel

Robert Indiana isn't the only artist who uses words and numbers in a special way. You can, too.

See if you can use words and numbers to make a "picture" of who you are!

Robert Indiana
The Figure Five

1. Get out these supplies:

  • pencil
  • scrap paper
  • colored paper
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • glue or glue stick
  • markers
  • number and letter stencils
2. What words and numbers are important in your life?
  • Fold your notebook paper in half. List special words on one side and special numbers on the other.
  • For ideas, think about your favorite books, your birthday, your friends' names, and the number of people in your family.
  • To make your design look more like a sign, use short words and numbers.
3. Plan your sign.
  • What shape will it be? What colors will you use? Where will the words and numbers go? Will they be different sizes?
  • You can cross some words and numbers off your list, and you can use other ones over and over again.
4. Choose two or more shapes.
  • You can trace around a plate or other object that has the shape you need, or you can use your ruler to help you.
5. Cut your shapes out and glue them together.
  • You can put one shape on top of another one. They will make interesting spaces for your design.
  • Don't use too much glue!
6. Put the words and numbers on your sign.
  • You can use stencils and markers, or you can cut them out of scraps of colored paper.
  • Follow your plan!
7. Add borders and outlines.
  • Use marker or colored paper strips to make your shapes show up better and to cover pencil tracing lines.
8. Hang your finished sign on your bedroom door!
  • Ask an adult to help you.
  • Can your friends and family "read" your message?