My Coat of Arms


  • 18×24 white paper
  • Pencil
  • Tempera Paint
  • Palettes
  • Brushes
  • Water Cup
  • Scissors
  • Archival Glue Stick
  • 18×24 black paper

For this project you will create your own personal Coat of Arms. A Coat of Arms or Family Crest has long been a symbol of a family’s identity and values and was used by medieval knights to cover, protect, and identify the wearer. Here is the Griffin Coat of Arms!


For your new and improved coat of arms first you will have to decide, would you like your coat of arms based on your present family?  Your family history? Is it just about you personally? Next think of five symbols that represent your values, what you like to do, what is important to your family, things you and your family do together, anything that will give the viewer an idea of what you/your family is about.

When you are drawing your coat of arms, make it as big as possible.  Also, consider the shape.  The shape can also count as a symbol that represents something about your family.

When you are painting, try and keep your colors flat and even.  Use the edge of your brush to make sure the edges are sharp and clean.

Once you are done painting cut out your coat of arms and mount it on black cardstock.

You can download the powerpoint from class here: Coat of Arms


  • Your coat of arms must have 5 symbols that relate to you or your family
  • Your coat of arms must be completely painted
  • Your coat of arms must be cut out and mounted on black paper
  • Craftsmanship: paint is neat, edges are sharp

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