Yesterday my kindergarten students rocked out some styrofoam scratch-printing with markers!
After introducing and demonstrating the steps for this activity, I told them that I’d be around to help, but they would have to experiment to find the best way of making a clear print. I was really impressed at how independently they were able to do this project, which allowed for some authentic trial and error in the printing process.
Kids helped their neighbors determine just how damp the paper should be for an ideal print, if the paper or the styrofoam printing block worked best on top, and how hard to roll with the brayers. They’re such cooperative little dudes, I love them!
This worked so well, we will be having a second printing session next week! Wooo!
A fun lesson for an exhausted art teacher:
this week has been rough! i’ve been running ragged to get art projects matted and framed to replace the 100 frames around the school and i just needed a low-effort, fun project for my first graders this morning.
enter the imagination workout.
the basic idea is simple, and easy to recreate on your own, just draw a grid, and in each grid make a random squiggle or mark. kids can even make their own and trade with a friend.
once the grids are complete, have students use any type of art material you like (I use pens, markers, and colored pencils) to turn the random marks into complete pictures.
i’ll end the lesson with a circle discussion, and let kids share what they created. it’s always a super positive and silly way to reinforce how many different ways we can imagine a simple squiggle.
We were designing buttons today for Youth Art Month. I had a fourth grader start a Dr. Who series. I casually asked, “could you tell me what the Daleks have to do with Youth Art Month?” He didn’t have an answer, and I unfortunately crushed his spirit… His last design was a nice trite palette. :(