People sometimes refer to a family crest by other names, such as a shield of arms or coat of arms. Think of a crest like a trademark or custom stamp. Crests were traditionally passed down by men to their firstborn son, similar to how a man named William Jones might name his son William Jones Jr. In a tradition known as cadency, the father's other sons elaborated on this crest to create a semi-original one to represent their own families. Additionally, in a number of heraldry traditions, when a couple married, they blended the two family crests to form a hybrid version.
You've probably figured out that very few people with the same last name share a family crest. That was true during the days of feudalism, so imagine how slim the chances are in this era of just one coat of arms representing your entire family.
FUN FACT: The Japanese version of a family crest is known as a monsho or kamon, also called a mon. Only samurai or higher social classes have a monsho.
THE ASSIGNMENT: CELEBRATE YOUR FAMILY AND LEGACY BY DESIGNING A MODERN DAY FAMILY CREST As mentioned above the majority of family crests/coat of arms have been lost or heavily altered over the years that they have very little connection to the families we are today. You will be creating a crest inspired by your current traditions, family quotes, locations, occupations, or anything else that is meaningful to how your family identifies itself.
FORMATIVE - PART ONE Requirements
Create a google slides that will be used to document your formative process and research
Talk with parents/guardians, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. Find out who your family is and where they came from, important stories, occupations, things they hold to be important, any important years, superstitions, traditions, foods, etc.
You will need to take a picture of your notes. ADD these to your research google slides
go online to find image references of crests, images that relate to your stories, etc. Add these to your google slides
Location that Represents Family
Make sketches of simplified images (icons) that will represent the important information you discovered in your research. - create minimum of 6 icons.
Sketch out 3 crest shapes / layouts
crest research update video
CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE
THE SUMMATIVE ASSIGNMENT
Location that Represents Family (text or icon)
Limit your colors to no more than 5 . Consider a pallet that relates to your family or at least works well togetherUse https://coolors.co/ to help with your color selections.
Has intentional connection to your family include an explanation of your crest. It can be as elaborate as mine or as simple as a bullet pointed google .doc