These babies are multi colored mono prints made by…wait for it… KINDERGARTENERS! I can’t tell you how proud I am of this project! Each student created 2-3 prints. All created in one art class.
Let me explain a bit how I set up and structured this project with the wee ones. I tried this with tempera paint first, which was fun but dried very fast. The examples above were created with Akua inks.
We worked directly on the table (dry erase tables).
1. Trace the paper you will be printing on onto the table for each student. This will help your students line up the different layers.
2. Set out a brayer for every kid for rolling out ink plus an additional brayer for every 2 kids for pressing the prints.
3. Have a cup at every table with pencils and q-tips.
4. Roll out the yellow ink ahead of time for the students (this let’s you save on time, shows what properly rolled ink looks like, and gives them a chance to understand just pressing the paper down properly before adding ink rolling the ink)
Work Time (I broke this lesson down into 3 demos for each layer)
1. Demo printing the yellow rectangle by lining up the paper in your traced box, then rolling a clean brayer onto it, and then pulling your print. Then take your dirty brayer and roll the yellow ink again. Then print your 2nd paper.
2. Kids go and do this when they are done they come back to the demo table.
3. Demo rolling your red ink with the dirty brayer. I made sure to emphasize that we are rolling it the same size and shape as the yellow. Then use a q-tip to create a pattern. Then print. Roll the ink again to freshen it up. Draw a new pattern, and then pull your 2nd print.
3. I plop a little red ink onto each students space and kids get to work on their 2nd layer then come back to the demo table.
4. Demo the last blue layer. Roll out the blue ink. This time use a wet wipe or paper towel and draw a large shape. Wipe away the ink from inside the shape. Then print. Roll the ink again and draw a new shape. Print your 2nd one.
5. I plop blue ink onto each students space and they begin their last layer.
Most of the materials we throw away. Student bring their prints to me so I can lay them in our drying rack. Then we use baby wipes to scrub up the tables. EASY PEASY!
Students often roll their brayers upside down. Leading to them dragging the built in rest of the brayer into their ink. I will be drawing eyes or gluing googly eyes onto the right side of the brayer. Then I will tell kids to make sure their brayers are looking at them before rolling!