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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.

Styrofoam Printmaking with Kids

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. Easel printmaking. Polystyrene Tray Printmaking - My Kid Craft. This is a cheap and easy introduction to printing which produces beautiful results by kids of any age.

Polystyrene Tray Printmaking - My Kid Craft

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. 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.

alisaburke: plastic bag printmaking

A monotype produces a completely unique print with a process that is unpredictable, expressive, painterly and totally unlike any other creative process. 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.

Adventures of an Art Teacher: Experiment Paintings

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!

Create Your Own Art Camp

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! Pasta Machine Prints. 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.

Pasta Machine Prints

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. Carefully roll block printing ink or tempera paint over the surface of the foam plate.

Press the plate onto a piece of drawing paper slightly larger than the plate but still narrow enough to fit through the press. Monotype Printmaking with Kids. 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 Printmaking with Kids

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. Diana, Meghan and I all had the privilege of teaching a series of art classes through our contract with Amherst Public Elementary schools.

Printmaking at Fort River

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.

The students were quick learners to figure out the many the steps to making a print and they were eager to get started after I demonstrated the process. Printmaking With Foam Stickers. Grow Creative: Printing with Recycled Styrofoam. Alright folks... ready to make some more art with me?!!

Grow Creative: Printing with Recycled Styrofoam

I promise you it won't cost much. Making Art with Kids: Block Printing Lesson - The Art Curator for Kids. 25 So Cool Printmaking Ideas - Tiny Rotten Peanuts.