Suminagashi is a Japanese printmaking technique that you can read more about here. 3rd graders have been exploring suminagashi for several weeks.  They started with some prints using only black ink, which they later used in a weaving project.  While finishing their weavings students took turns at printing stations to try experiment with multi colored prints.  We aren’t sure what we want to do with these yet.  We thought about making paper beads, but they are really beautiful just as they are.

Kindergarteners have been exploring shapes and the variety of ways they are used in art making. These are collographs: prints made from a collage.  First the students cut out different shapes from thick paper.  After gluing them down they coated their collages with mod podge.  The next art class students got a chance to use printmaking materials. They rolled their own ink onto their collages using the brayers and printed them on another paper. I was so impressed with how well they handled the printmaking equipment!