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Styrofoam Printmaking with Kids. This project uses materials that you probably already have at home, or can easily find in your drug store. The only specialty item is a brayer, but without it you’d never expose your kids to the experience of true printmaking. Printing from styrofoam plates can help children learn that they can upcycle everyday materials into beautiful objects and teaches them patience and planning as they work through multiple steps to reach a desired outcome.

This list contains affiliate links Styrofoam – plates, meat packing containers, etc.Tempera Paint or Water soluble printing inkBrayerPaper to print onPencilScissorsCookie sheet A brayer is a tool, similar to a paint roller, that allows you to apply ink evenly to a large area. You can find brayers in art stores or order them online. Is a really good brayer that will do everything you need. Oh, and we used tempera paint for this project, but I’m also a fan of using Speedball Water soluble Block Printing Ink. Rating 5.0 from 1 reviews Prep time: Supplies. Easel printmaking | you clever monkey. Polystyrene Tray Printmaking - My Kid Craft. This is a cheap and easy introduction to printing which produces beautiful results by kids of any age. It's a great technique for making a pretty greeting card. Time: 20 minutes Age: Any Age Level: Easy Materials Polystyrene food tray Scissors Ballpoint pen Foam roller (or sponge) Paper to print onto Paint A great way to recycle polystyrene food trays Method Cut a shape out of the polystyrene tray.

Ready for the design Draw a design on the polystyrene shape with the ballpoint pen, leaving an indent on the surface Pineapple design My daughter wanted to punch holes in the foam tray which ended up producing a really pretty print Apply paint with a paint roller or sponge Press the paint covered shape onto paper, card or textile Pretty print by a 3-year old Quick and easy greeting card The polystyrene print pad can be reused for more prints. Older kids and those looking to make a more intricate design might be interested to have a go at lino printing. Alisaburke: plastic bag printmaking. I fell in love with printmaking back in college and my favorite printing process is monotyping- drawing or painting on a smooth non absorbent surface and then transferring it to paper.

A monotype produces a completely unique print with a process that is unpredictable, expressive, painterly and totally unlike any other creative process. There are all kinds of tools and supplies for monotypes (acrylic printing plates, the Gelli plate, etc) but really any slick surface will work- even something as simple as a plastic bag! I like to start by "inking up" a plastic bag with either a brayer or a paint brush. You can can use printing ink, acrylic paint or even fabric paint if printing on fabric surfaces. There are all kinds of ways to get expressive on the surface- you can scratch into the paint with a toothpick, old paint brush or the end of a pencil.

Once you are satisfied its time to print by simply placing the plastic bag onto your surface. Interested in learning more about printmaking? Adventures of an Art Teacher: Experiment Paintings. This spring I thought it would be fun to loosen up and do some "experiment paintings" with my 5th and 6th grade students. They're naturally in the stages of artistic development where children become critical of their work and can get very hung up on things looking realistic. We went a totally different direction with some non-objective paintings.

Almost every student tried out this style of painting by the end of the school year. At the conclusion of the video, I asked students to name tools they noticed. After the students listed what they had noticed from the video, I showed what unusual tools we had in the art room- bubble wrap, tubes for stamping, tin cans, foam brushes for stamping, brayers, etc.

I filled egg cartons with tempera paint but suggested that students not try to use EVERY color. One way to use the painted papers is to add solid colored strips for a paper weaving project. Other uses for the papers are Next year I may do this before opening up the collage center. Create Your Own Art Camp. Summer vacation is in full swing! We’ve long since pulled out our flip flops, and filled our days with sleeping in. But, the thrill of summer can go by the wayside when the long hot days drag into tedious boredom. We have all hit that wall when our eyes glaze over, and the glance at the calendar reveals another 8 weeks of summer vacation to go! What can a parent do to keep their children entertained and protect their sanity? Sending your child off to a true blue art camp can be very costly.

Here are three art projects to get you started! Eraser stamps create the perfect hands on art activity. Supplies you will need: rubber erasers, a utility knife, pencil, colored inkpads Rubber erasers are cheap and easy to find. First, draw your design on one side of your eraser. Next, use a utility knife (crafting knife) to cut around your design. Last, use colored inks and stamp your design onto cards, envelopes, paper, etc! First, pull and tear out a piece of wax paper, as long as you like! Share. Pasta Machine Prints | Carle Museum. Even if you don’t own a traditional printing press you can create small foam prints using a pasta machine at home or in the classroom. Foam printing has been one of our most popular activities over the years in classes and for special events. Since we go through so many "printing plates" here in The Studio we buy 9”x11” white styrafoam trays in packs of 50 and pre-cut the foam into circles using a sharp X-acto knife.

A circle makes it easy for kids to carry and match up the edges of their print if they want to overlap multiple colors. No matter what shape you choose, just make sure the foam plates you cut fit through your pasta machine. To etch marks into the foam we use ballpoint pens, clay modeling sticks, wooden dowels and bone folders. Light surface scratches will not show up so the trick is to make marks deep into the foam but don’t go all the way through the foam to make holes or cracks. Carefully roll block printing ink or tempera paint over the surface of the foam plate. Monotype Printmaking with Kids | Carle Museum. I wanted to share this monotype printmaking project we teach during Animals, Art and Imagination, a mixed-age summer class we host here at The Carle every summer. Monotype means one-of-a-kind and if you've ever tried this style of printmaking before, then you know how playful and open-ended a medium it can be for making marks and layering colors.

It's a great project to try whether you're doing a lesson on the color wheel or just looking for a rainy afternoon activity at home with your family. Very few supplies are needed to get started In this exercise we rolled ink on plexiglass plates in the primary colors (blue, yellow and red). When we printed the single-color plates on top of each other, a magical thing happened. Let me backtrack to earlier in the day, prior to the printmaking lesson. They had a discussion about what they saw going on in the large landscape, and then sketched the parts of the sculpture that interested them the most on small clipboards. Printmaking at Fort River | Carle Museum.

Diana, Meghan and I all had the privilege of teaching a series of art classes through our contract with Amherst Public Elementary schools. I spent four weeks going to Fort River to teach some of the museum's curriculum to a group of very creative students... This type of teaching is a great way to introduce our programs to students who have not been to The Museum, but I also loved meeting students who could share their memories of going to The Carle. I had several children that could tell me about seeing artworks in the galleries and visiting The Studio to make their own piece of art to take home.

The projects were different each week, from using stamps to make textured paper, to making a collage house with found objects and experimenting with bookmaking techniques. You can see Diana's earlier post about her bookmaking lesson here. For the last session we got to explore how to make monotype prints. Then came the fun of drawing a design onto the plate with a Q-tip. Printmaking With Foam Stickers • Tiny Rotten Peanuts. Grow Creative: Printing with Recycled Styrofoam. Alright folks... ready to make some more art with me?!! I promise you it won't cost much. This simple art project uses recycled materials! Recycled Styrofoam Prints Tutorial Materials: Styrofoam- you can use a take-out box or other food packaging Scissors Ballpoint Pen Corrugated Cardboard or Wooden Block Tacky Glue Acrylic Craft Paints Foam Brush or Paint Brush Paper Step 1: Cut out a section of Styrofoam with scissors and make your print design by pressing into the Styrofoam with a ballpoint pen.

Don't be intimidated by making a design. Step 2: Apply Tacky Glue to the back of your Styrofoam design block and glue it to a piece of cardboard or a wooden block. Step 3: Apply acrylic craft paint to your foam design block with a foam brush or paint brush. Step 4: Place your painted foam block face down on paper and press it down to transfer the paint to your paper. All that's left to do is experiment with more designs and colors. Happy printmaking! Making Art with Kids: Block Printing Lesson - The Art Curator for Kids. 25 So Cool Printmaking Ideas - Tiny Rotten Peanuts.