I usually do monoprinting with the 1st graders, its alot
easier and not as messy. We go by rows to print and the
other children have a handout project to do while waiting.
I have them roll out the ink with the brayer onto a cookie
sheet. Then they draw into the ink with a q-tip to make their
picture. Paper is placed over the ink and they pull their
print. After they have placed their print on the table, I
give them a soapy towel for their hands from my soapy water
bucket( no art room- on a cart). The next row comes up.
Not too messy this way. I always wring out the school's
towels, as they like to drip all over if I let them.
2nd graders do sponge printing, same procedure. 3rd do
styrofoam printing- Tables are covered with newspapers, rows
come up one at a time again- ink their foam on clean newspaper
take this one piece of newspaper to the next table which
is the printing paper table, get paper, go to their desk
to make the print- rubbing- pull print- put on the floor
to dry on the original newspaper. Go to bucket for a soapy
towel for their hands. (sometimes I have a bucket monitor to
pass out towels if I am busy helping the children) works for
me! Sandy Poos- elem.
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