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Friday, April 18, 2014

Complimentary Color Printmaking

Complimentary Color Printmaking Animal Art Lesson

I wanted my 5th graders to experience printmaking and I found an excellent lesson to be inspired by, here on another blog: Thomas Elementary Art.  While I must admit, he had greater success with his 4th graders on this lesson, I was still pretty pleased with our results, plus I gave them some free/experimental printmaking time at the end.

After I introduced my kiddos with the concept of printmaking, complimentary colors and I showed them some examples we started with our animal sketches on paper.  I provided them with plenty of books for them to use as guides when drawing their animals and encouraged them to draw largely and focus just on the head.  We sketched our animals and with a dull pencil (sharp ones will rip through the paper) traced them on top of a sheet of foam (same size as paper we sketched on).  Once they were traced, we removed the paper and pressed harder into the foam so that our animal stood out.  Now it looks like a stamp!


We used the back of our stamps to get solid color printed onto our paper for background colors.  I was running low on printing ink, so we printed with acrylic paint but we still used brayers/rollers.  I pointed out that we would need to press evenly on the foam to maximize how much paint transferred from the "stamp" to the paper and I reminded them that one of our prints would be done in complimentary colors and the other was a free choice.  The acrylic paint dries so quickly and we were transferring most of the paint onto our background papers, so there wasn't an issue with using two different background colors on our foam.
Cut Foam Printing Option (after use--obviously)
The next class period, I gave my students options.  They could cut out their animal from the foam and use the brayers, use a paintbrush to add color to their animal and/or background of the stamp or roll the brayer across their entire stamp for various printmaking effects.  I reminded them again that one of their prints had to be completed in complimentary colors and the other was free choice and I set them to work!

If they finished early, I allowed them a smaller piece of foam to make a free choice print, or they could continue printing with their animal stamp onto colored paper.  It was fun to see them take what they had learned about the stamps-- the ones who struggled were even making comments like, "this time I am going to press harder" or "I'm going to draw this bigger so that you can see all of the details."  I love hearing them talk about what they learned, especially when I know they struggled or were unhappy with their results.  It shows that they aren't hung up on the product, but the process of getting there!

Photos of the finished work (with some close ups):

Complimentary Color Printmaking Art Lesson
Turtle!


Complimentary Color Printmaking Art Lesson
Duck

Complimentary Color Printmaking Art Lesson
Lion

Complimentary Color Printmaking Art Lesson
Woodpecker (print pictured with foam piece)


Complimentary Color Printmaking Art Lesson
Hummingbird



Complimentary Color Printmaking Art Lesson
Dove


Complimentary Color Printmaking Art Lesson
Owl (print pictured with foam piece)


Complimentary Color Printmaking Art Lesson
Hummingbird--this student experimented a lot with her print and I LOVE how her foam ended up; her foam stamp is the bottom piece!

Complimentary Color Printmaking Art Lesson
Elephant, Cat and Badger (prints pictured with foam pieces)

Complimentary Color Printmaking Art Lesson
Cat


Complimentary Color Printmaking Art Lesson
Monkey

Complimentary Color Printmaking Art Lesson
Elephant

Complimentary Color Printmaking Art Lesson
Dove, Baby Monkey Drinking a Bottle, Turtle and Mouse (print pictured with foam piece)

Close up of the baby monkey drinking a bottle

Complimentary Color Printmaking Art Lesson
Fish with Bubbles

Complimentary Color Printmaking Art Lesson
Lizard Print with Cut Stamp

Complimentary Color Printmaking Art Lesson
Butterfly

Complimentary Color Printmaking Art Lesson
Deer (print pictured with foam piece)

FREE CHOICE PRINTS!
Free Choice Foam Printmaking Art
Prints and Foam Stamp

Free Choice Foam Printmaking Art
The prints of this one didn't come out very well, but the foam stamp is beautiful on its own!

Free Choice Foam Printmaking Art
Turtles, Easter Bunny and Palm Tree prints

Free Choice Foam Printmaking Art
This guy makes me giggle

Free Choice Foam Printmaking Art
This student cut up her free choice foam and made a series of stamps to create an outdoor scene

Free Choice Foam Printmaking Art
Domo

Free Choice Foam Printmaking Art
Fun with Line and Pattern!