Printmaking is soo much fun once you figure out a solid routine for printing with 27 children! 1st graders created these prints of monsters. We read some piece from “Don’t Bump the Glump” by Shel Silverstein and did a lot of sketching of monster both silly and fierce. These were created with printmaking foam. We drew our monsters on paper first, then taped our papers onto the foam and traced with a colored pencil (so they can see what they missed), and last we took the paper off and traced directly onto our foam to make sure the drawing pressed deep enough.
On our printing day, I have a printing station set up for 4 students at a time. I mainly supervise this. Students get to free draw at their tables (gotta love those dry erase tables) and tables take turns printing. We only do one print for the sake of time. I use to let kids do 2 prints, but it gets crazy and time consuming.