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Re: [teacherartexchange] Summertime Art Project


From: trish ackerman (dacke8175_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Jun 29 2009 - 16:23:00 PDT

Hi JoAnn
What a great project. Thanks for sharing this. Do you have any pics of the finished collages? I would like to try this with my middle school.

Trish Ackerman
 Core Knowledge Charter School Middle School Art,Parker, Colorado  

--- On Mon, 6/29/09, Jo Anne Yada <> wrote:

From: Jo Anne Yada <>
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Summertime Art Project
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group" <>
Date: Monday, June 29, 2009, 4:53 PM

We had a great activity at the Fresno Art Museum for our students ages 
8-15 back in May. They used Sunprint paper (which can be found on by searching "sunprint paper") and transparencies to create 
photographs without cameras, film, or chemicals. Normally, Sunprint 
paper is used to make prints of leaves and flowers, but I decided to 
take it to a different level. Our local newspaper donated their used 
negatives, so students cut out letters and photos and made a collage 
to print.

Materials needed

    • Sunprint paper
    • Scissors
    • Large negatives to cut out
    • Clear film or transparency the size of the Sunprint paper
    • Scotch tape (crystal clear)
    • Tray of water
    • Sturdy Board
    • Piece of glass with beveled edges (can use the glass and backing of 
an old picture frame)
    • Magazines (optional)
    • Dry or wet erase markers
    • Construction paper large enough to cover the size of Sunprint paper
    • Clothesline and clothespins


    • Cut out negatives and tape words and pictures onto transparency
    • Note: letters and numbers do not need to be placed backwards
    • Draw with a dry or wet erase marker on clear parts of the 
transparency, or place the transparency on top of a magazine or photo 
and trace the picture. Remember to make it negative! Color in the 
spaces you want light and leave the spaces you want dark, clear. A 
nice new dry or wet erase marker is solid enough to block the sun and 
yet if you make a mistake you can erase it.
    • In shade or inside the building, place one piece of Sunprint paper 
onto board. Place collage on top of paper, making sure the rectangle 
matches the size of sunprint paper
    • Place glass on top. The sunprint paper and negative should be 
sandwiched between the board and the glass with the glass on top.
    • Place a piece of construction paper (doesn’t matter what color) on 
top of the glass. This will protect the image until you get to sunlight.
    • Find a spot that has direct sunlight. A good indication that there 
is enough direct sunlight is if nearby shadows are very dark. Place 
the project on the ground. When ready, remove the construction paper 
and watch the print start to change. Follow directions on the sunprint 
paper package! It will usually take less than a minute for a full 
    • When the print is ready, place the paper on top to protect it and 
take it to a shady spot.
    • Remove the paper , glass, and negatives and place the Sunprint 
paper into a bin of water. Watch as the darks become light and the 
lights become dark!
    • Rinse for a few minutes and hang to dry.

• Integrate found objects or plants
• Store in a dim room both before and after exposure to light.
•What’s dark or black on the negative will become light on the print 
and vice versa.
•When the project is in the sun, the light parts should become pale 
yellow, not white. If it turns white, it’s been in the sun too long. 
It will still work, but it will have low contrast.
• Normal copy transparencies work, if you draw a rectangle the size of 
the Sunprint paper so students know how large to make their collages.

Jo Anne Yada
Art Instructor
Fresno Art Museum
2233 N. First St.
Fresno, Calif. 93703
(559) 441-4221 ext. 112
(559) 441-4227 fax

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