Springtime = printmaking for 4 out of 6 grade levels! Yes, it was a
I have already posted about printmaking with Gelli plates with younger kids and all its awesomeness here: 1st grade printmaking-it's how we roll
First up: 5th grade, Plant Study
Inspiration: Japanese Wood Cuts of plants and flowers
|Observational drawings, focusing on texture, details and organic shapes.|
|You can't beat these happy faces.|
|Some students chose to add color pencil for more color intensity.|
Next, 3rd grade: Gyotaku (Japanese Fish Prints)
|After seeing videos of Gyotaku artists, we used (again, fake, sorry) rubber molds of fish to create underwater biomes. Not. Using. Real. Fish. In. A. Landlocked. Area.|
I have enough creatures to do half the class. The other half has an alternate project. The next week, they switch. That is basically how I manage printmaking with 24 kids.
|Printing "seaweed" with a variety of |
Added habitat details in watercolor, the fish eyes are so important! For those up to the challenge, I taught them how to add shadows using complementary colors.
1st and 2nd grade:
Inspiration: Durer watercolor, "The Large Piece of Turf", various examples of plant prints, Gelli's
|The kids loved the experimental quality of mono printing. I had a variety of grasses, weeds, and leaves from around the school. On the rainy day, we used fake leaves. It was fine.|
|Again, we used acrylic paint in primary colors, allowing for color mixing and experimenting.|
|I have a variety of papers for printing. I especially love |
New topic. I need a manicure.