dd a little razzle-dazzle to your presentations while integrating technology. How? Use beautiful illuminated letters available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License and graciously hosted at Wikimedia Commons.
- TLS Books has a stunning pdf collection of plants and animal alphabet letters. It’s a veritable abecedarian assembly of flora and fauna. By the way, here’s the (pdf) answer key to all the organisms represented in each of the letters.
- Treat yourself to a (pdf) treatise on a Lesson in the Art of Illuminated Letters.
- For inspiration, make sure to dive into the British Library’s Digital Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts.
- Drop by Project Gutenberg and look up Illuminated Manuscripts by John William Bradley. Bear in mind that plain text versions of the book do not contain pictures.
- Use an exploration of illuminated letters as a springboard to an incredible art activity like Ken Schwab’s colorful Illumination – Calligraphy Self Portrait lesson.
- Want to get students interested in collecting and cataloging new vocabulary terms? The Getty has a inspiring idea: create an illuminated alphabet word book.
- For the calligraphically trendy, Retrokat Medieval notes that illumiQ, an Application for iPhone and iPod Touch, is available in the Apple App Store through iTunes.
- Although it really doesn’t count as illuminated letters, Spelling with Flickr is fun.