Friday, January 18, 2013

Stamp Print Architecture, KDG 2013

It's time again for our kindergarten art unit on architecture - so fun! These "blueprints" have become an annual favorite. We started our unit with the book Where We Live, and we looked at examples of architecture in our own city of Atlanta.  We saw the modern white forms of the High museum, designed by architect Richard Meier, and drew our own plan for an art museum using combined shapes.  This was a great warm-up for our next activity - stamp-print architecture.  We use cardboard and other gadgets like marker tops, legos, and sponge shapes to stamp white patterns onto the paper. To take these home, we will make a label band with our building name on it, roll up our "blueprints," just like the architects do, and proudly present them at home!


  1. What a great project! Great inspiration! I have been saving a project idea like this for a STEAM connection(engineering/architecture) The kids did a great job! It's simple but very effective! :)

  2. How much demo & practice time do you give them before hand? Do you have a sample posted? Your results are extremely impressive!!

    1. Thanks Kristin! Here's the rundown... The first week we do the book and practice combining shapes with pencil&crayon to make buildings. Week 2, I gather them around for a quick demo of how to use the printing objects, starting with cardboard first for the outlines. Then we use the rest of the stampers for details. It takes about 25 minutes for them to do it. It's really easy, the hardest part is the prep work and cleanup, which still isn't that bad. They really don't need to practice first with the stampers as long as you can give them a good demo, but there is certainly time for a 5 minute practice in a typical 45 minute class if you want to.

  3. These are lovely! I really love the contrast between the blue paper and the white lines! It really makes their buildings/houses pop :)

  4. How cute is this for kinder?! Love!

  5. Great idea! Thanks for the time breakdown, too!

  6. I'm not sure if you still check this thread or not, but I was curious as to the ISBN number of the book that you used? I'm having a hard time finding information about it, and I would love to be able to preview it to see if it will work for my classroom's upcoming project!


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