Seward High School Art

March 7, 2017

Alaska License Plate Assignment!

by e10391

There is an accompanying planning sheet with this assignment.  Fill it out as you read through the assignment for a grade.

  1. There is currently a call for art for Alaskan “Aristic License Plate” designs.  Begin by reading this Alaska Dispatch Article about the contest.  Next read the call for art.

Here is their example

2. Lets think about the subject matter of the art on your license plate design. This is an Alaskan License plate so it should celebrate our state! They suggest the topics of culture, wildlife, and geography. What comes to mind when  you think about our Alaskan identity and way of life?

Here are my ideas to get the wheels turning in your brain, feel free to come up with your own!

Culture: indigenous cultures, subsistence culture (gathering berries, hunting, fishing), xtratufs, parkas, small planes, boats, winter sports, dog mushing, kayaking, gold mining, oil production…

Wildlife: salmon, moose, bear, mountain goats, dahl sheep, whales, sea lion, seal, eagle, mosquitos etc! Plants too: Fireweed, blueberries, salmonberries, devils club, lupine, forget-me-nots…

Geography: mountains, ocean, tundra, arctic, glaciers, volcanoes, rivers, lakes…Specific Mountains: Denali, Mt. Susitna, etc…

Note: You may not trace the art for this piece!  It would be a copyright infringement!  You may print a photo to look at as you draw!

3. Police use License Plates to identify specific vehicles so they need to be able to read them as easily as possible!  You are required to use contrasting colors on your plate.  Which numbers in the example below can you read the most easily?

Image result for contrasting colors license plate

Complementary Colors are across from each other on the color wheel and it is said they contrast.  What do you think?

Image result for contrasting colors

4. Another Rule they have is that the top 1 1/4 inch of the plate must say Alaska and the bottom 1 inch can say a slogan of your choice, for example THE LAST FRONTIER.


Now that you have all the information, fill out the planning sheet!

Here is some inspiration from license plates around the US:

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