do it. create. walk and see. cut and paste. scratch and sniff.
do whatever you have to do to feed your soul.
this is my commitment.

Monday, February 17, 2014

february art class

Yesterday, we explored different ways of printmaking in art while discussing the artist, Jasper Johns and his printmaking methods.

The children began by arranging "found objects" (puzzle pieces, popsicle sticks, mesh wrapping, pipe cleaners) on a piece of cardboard while glueing them in place.

While we waited for each child's template to dry, we started our next approach. Everyone was given a tile (plate) that they generously covered with paint.  Once the tile was covered, they used their fingers to create designs. They pressed their painted tiles onto paper.

For our next printmaking activity, we used found objects to stamp onto a large piece of paper.  Some of the children discovered alternative ways of making marks by rolling or painting with these objects.

After several different rotations of hand washing, we took a break for a few books.  At one point, I looked over and every child was absorbed in looking at/reading their own book.  We ate snack and read M.B. Goffstein's book, School of Names, a book she both wrote and illustrated.

In our next printmaking exercise, the children were given a piece of foam.  They carved a design into the foam using a ball point pen, applied their paint and created their print.

In our last approach, the children returned to the templates they had created at the beginning of class.  They applied paint and printed them onto paper.

Using the tile for printing was the most popular approach of the day.  The children loved applying more paint, working with their hands in the paint and discovering the variety of art they could create with one tile.

At one point, much of the floor was covered with colorful mono prints, waiting to dry.

Our last class of this session is this coming Sunday afternoon.  I'll look forward to seeing you all again.

Happy Art Making!

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