Recent outdoor art. 4th graders created giant outdoor tessellations in teams. 1st and 2nd graders created chalk and baby powder stencils. The courtyard smelled great!
First grade collagraphs.
First graders just completed one of my all time favorite projects: Eric Carle Collages. First students create patterned tissue paper with tempera paint. We use a variety of brushes and stamps. Then we use the patterned paper to create animals, plants, or bugs. This year we have a dragon in the mix, a butterfly drinking nectar, and a pregnant cat (at the bottom). AMAZING!
Kindergarteners do an aquatic study in science at our school. They have an aquarium in their classroom, they visit the local aquarium, they learn about different bodies of water, and a variety of aquatic animals. In art we practiced drawing a variety of ocean animals from reference photos while working on an ocean mural. We used watercolors for the sand and water (adding salt to create texture). Then we used tempera to paint seaweed and stamp coral. Last each Kinder group chose an ocean animal and we used printmaking foam to create stamps.
Mixed media transportation projects. We printed the clouds with bubble wrap and the street with toy cars. Students drew imaginary or realistic forms of transportation and cut them out and glued them to their prints.
This was a lesson that I did a demo for during their choice art time, some students participated and some students continued their own choice art projects.
4th Graders had a marbling workshop this week and last week. We marbled on paper. It requires a LOT of prep ahead of time, but it’s totally worth it. I learned how to do this at a marbling workshop over at the Textile Art Center in Brooklyn. Check it out! They have great classes for adults and kids.
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.
Choice art is now in full effect with 4th, 3rd, and 2nd graders. Every class I teach is even more exciting than before when I led the project. I still demo a lesson, but when I move about the room asking kids about their work it’s a unique conversation every time because they are all working on something different. Before I would walk up and ask what are working on? And of course I already knew. They were working on the project I told them to work on. Don’t get me wrong there is still a time and place for a more guided project. For example 4th graders are doing marbling this week. 2nd graders will be creating some transportation printmaking projects later in the year. But man the diverse work the kids are creating is astounding!
ound object prints created by kindergarteners. I love the way these prints turn out. Kindergarteners painted their papers (we’ve been doing tons and tons of color mixing, I gave them blue, red, yellow and white). The next class they took turns at three stations: printmaking, drawing, and cutting. At the printmaking station they used found object such as bubble wrap, toilet paper rolls, popsicle sticks etc.
indergarten after school art club just finished some found object prints. First they used tempera paints to fill their papers and the second day we used popsicle sticks, blocks, bubble wrap and other random items to print with.
acky weavings by the 3rd graders. We had previously created some black and white suminagashi prints and they used them for weaving. Then each student was encouraged to break the box. Change the rectangular format to something different.
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.
rintmaking is one of my favorite techniques to explore with students. So much so that my 3rd and 4th grade after school group is a Printmaking club. This year we created some amazing foam reduction prints. The idea came from the amazing art teacher at Use Your Colored Pencils. Thanks!!
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!
Printmaking club made their own stamps. I think the best part of this project was naming their prints!!