I loved doing this in art class. Art With Mr. E: Line Design w/Shading - Grade Very cool, fun art shading project from Art With Mr. E. he's an elementary art specialist. Try this with your kids (but I think grown ups would enjoy this too).
Middle School - Students design a different font type for each letter of their name. They color the letters to reflect their personality and then cut out letters from bristol board and then turn into sculpture.