Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Mixed media still life, 1st grade

First graders continued their exploration of Nouns in Art - people, places, and things - with a mixed media still life. we looked at Van Gogh's sunflowers to get an idea of our composition, and we made a simple tabletop and vase. On a sheet of printing Styrofoam, we drew different shapes of flowers like roses, tulips, and sunflowers. We printed them using printing ink and cut them out to add to the picture. Andy Warhol is a great example of an artist who uses flowers in printmaking.
Thanks to for the inspiring idea!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Collagraph print hearts in 3rd grade

Collagraph printing combines collage with printmaking - gluing textures and shapes on to a printing plate, in this case a mat board scrap, and rolling with ink to be printed in multiples. This is a good time to clean out the scrap boxes, because you can use lots of materials - yarn, sandpaper, tagboard, corrugated cardboard, foil, and my favorite - craft foam.
In these examples, we used some discarded craft foam leftovers that created a negative shape heart, or students chose to rearrange into a new design. We also used discarded corrugated paper bulletin board border from decades ago, pulled from the trash bin last spring :).
This lesson took two class periods - in the first, we assembled the plates and selected our printing papers. In the second, we watched the demo and printed our papers. here is the way we set the tables up with "clean corners" for rubbing the prints and "messy middles" for rolling ink.