Saturday, December 20, 2014
5th grade: reductive prints using Lichtenstein's pop art shoes as inspiration, also inspired by the students of Mr. Bob, a colleague from years back who has recently been teaching in several other countries. http://schutzart.blogspot.com/2014/09/linocut-shoe-prints-middle-school-art.html
4th grade: cityscape print collages inspired by the drawings of James Gulliver Hancock's series "All the Buildings in New York."
3rd grade: collagraph prints, made from shapes and textures, representing the beauty of evergreens in winter.
The pictures tell the story...
Third graders begin printing their plates made with a variety of textured shapes like foam and cardboard. We use the messy middles/clean corners approach - clean papers stay at the corners while messy inks and plates stay in the middle of the table.
After printing, the plates get a sprinkling of iridescent glitter and they become works of art too. The kids wrote their titles as they brought the plates over so I could squeeze in a quick Artsonia installation.
Fourth graders began their project after getting some inspiration - they traced their own building designs onto styrofoam printing plates.
Black and white inks pop with brightly colored papers.
Students traded prints to create some variety in their cityscape collages, and texturized the backgrounds with crayon rubbings.
5th graders were involved with the most advanced technique, reduction printing, which is a multi-layered print. We began the first layer with a simple contour line drawing.
To reduce the plate, we added background patterns, shoe details, and a few areas were rubbed out completely with the pencil, which allows the first ink color to remain during the second layer of printing in a new color.
Behind the scenes:
Keeping the inking trays washed after each group was a priority
Our table covers became beautiful compositions too
The drying rack was the place to be, but be careful not to bump into each other!
Over 300 prints a day! Quite an accomplishment.
Friday, December 12, 2014
It seems that around 1500 pieces of art were printed or glazed in my room this week - whew! Grades 3-5 were printing and K-2 were glazing, and I'm not sure how it all ended up in the same week - I certainly didn't plan it that way. I realized mid-week last week that something in my time frame had gone awry and the ultimate glazing/firing/printing mess was inevitable this week, in addition to the need for Artsonia updates. I stressed about it a good bit last weekend, but I am happy to say, now on the other end of the week, that it went remarkably well although I am Exhausted.
Here are a few more photos of our week of serious mass production.
The drying rack was filled to the top every day.
Third graders in progress with their evergreen collograph prints
5th graders printed the second layer of their pop art reduction prints
Keeping the inking trays and brayers washed between classes was a high priority.
Some of the table mats became works of art too.
K made shoe print charms, 1 made Van Gogh inspired sunflower bowls, and 2 made thumb owls with pinch pot nests.
I will do some detailed posts on these next week and over break, but most of these lessons are on my blog from years past, just search them in the search bar to the right. Thanks for sharing in our week of 1500 works!
Now to decorate the house and do some shopping with my own two smartest artists, Kinsey and Mak :) have a great weekend everybody - we've earned it!