Art of the Alphabet

Grade Level: 
6–12 recommended
Student Level: 
Middle School
High School

One of humankind’s most spectacular inventions, writing makes it possible to transmit knowledge over distance and time, preserve stories and traditions, and share information with people all over the globe. And it all began with a drawing! While many changes have affected writing in the 21st century, close ties have always existed—and continue to exist—between writing, society, artistic innovation, and technology. This history of the alphabet and its applications and adaptations by artists considers the relationship between image and text that has persisted since civilization embarked on the road to literacy.