First and second grades had a great time experimenting with monoprinting this week in our sunny classroom. We used the Gelli printing plates which worked out great. These were an expensive investment but boy it sure beats staying up the night before checking in on my fridge full of jello trays and then trying to wrap them up each day and wiping off the condensation each morning and eventually having to pitch and re-do the next week.
Students used cheap acrylic paint that I had leftover from millions of uncompleted craft projects. They had a blast cutting stencils, playing with found objects and experimenting with color. See below for a short video of the fun that happened.
We had a great time talking about the qualities of clay this past week. Kids were excited to squish, push, and roll clay in there hands to experiment with the tactile properties of clay. Kids were even more excited when I told them to step on it!
We talked about the impression that the patterns in our shoes made on the clay and let them dry. (I used kiln fired Versa clay as well as model magic and both worked out fine).
After the clay dried and or was fired students colored the raised areas of their pendent with oil pastels and then painted them with watered down black tempera paint. After giving them a quick dunk in the water bucket they had a nice finish on them that the kiddos were really impressed with.
We sealed them with gloss medium and I hot glued a wire loop on the back so we could hang them as necklaces. Students strung beads and we cut a piece of cardstock to display our beautiful creations on.