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Re: printmaking k-5 some ideas to try !!

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Fri, 22 Aug 1997 13:35:23 -0700 (PDT)

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Here are a few suggestions to make the printmaking process
work in an elementary classroom.
1) Break down the classroom into stations, with one color
at each group of desks. You can either have the students
switch on their own or time the switches every 5 minutes to
create more order.
2)I use aluminum foil trays @ 2" deep(from the dollar store)
to hold the paint and a large paintbrush or brayer to spread
it out. (2" house painting brushes work well. Then throw the
trays out at the end of the day or clean them if you are
really ambitious.Cover the tables or groups of desks with
newspaper (easy clean up)
3)Tempera paint works very well for the stamp type prints.
(vegetables, sponges, cardborad shapes)
I take corrugated cardboard boxes and cut them into strips
about 2-4" wide and @6" long and fold them into triangles
and other geometric shapes along the corrugated creases
using masking tape to hold them together.They hold up well
to pressure and are very cheap to make!
4)Before any printing takes place, the students are given
a set # of papers that they are required to print(I use @
5 per student). They must put their name on one side and
print on the other, they will not be able to distinguish
their print from others without a name on it !
5)After the set amount has been printed,h that is it, this
gives time for clean up and discussion. The trays are
easily moved to clear out for the next class. Stow the
brushes in a container of water to keep from drying out
between uses.
6)Tell the students to ink, press, and print there is no
sliding or smearing involved. That way tey will get a good
I have also done "squish" prints with a folded pieces of
paper and drops of paint. Similar to rohrschak blots.
Using two primary colors is a great way to teach color
mixing (ie yellow dots and red dots will mix to create
a third color). These make make very impressive hall
display and are a lot of fun to do. Limit the number
of drops used to avoid large glops and make sure that
they pay attention to the paint when they are squishing
try not to make it come out the ends.
I keep damp sponges on each table to wipe hands and
avoid trips to the sink.
A cleaner way to use sponges for printing is to cut
1" squares and then clip them in a clothes pin as a holder.
I will look for more ideas and post in the future.
Hope this helps ! Chris Besack

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