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Re: Scratch Art Scratch Foam printing board...a disappointment


From: The Austin's (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Feb 09 2003 - 20:22:00 PST

What a neat idea! I love the idea of them creating a neighborhood. Plus, I
never thought about using pieces of the foam. Do you have pictures you can
share? And who is the author of your book? Now my mind is churning with
ideas! :-)
K-12 Art Teacher

> I have used the scratch art foam for printmaking with elementary kids for
> years. I have them cut pieces of the foam and glue them to a tagboard
> background (pieces can be next to each other, but not overlapping.) Then
> they create additional details using pencils on the foam pieces. I
> always use speedball printing ink, don't know if that makes a difference,
> but have always had great luck with it. My favorite project using this
> is with first graders. I read them the story "The Big Orange Splot".
> Then they each create their own dream house with the foam pieces. The
> next week they do the printing. As well as printing on several 9" x 12"
> sheets of construction paper, they each print on a large sheet of roll
> paper. They do it in whatever order they get to it--usally there ends up
> being perhaps three or four large sheets of roll paper. (I draw a
> horizontal line on the bottom 2/3 of the sheet, so the houses are pretty
> much lined up at the same level). The next week, they use markers and/or
> crayons and create neighborhoods for their houses.