Planet X Monoprints, 2nd grade.
This was SUCH a fun project! The kids got really into it, especially the boys.
we learned about monoprinting and stamping. We checked out examples
from artists throughout history and then did some 'free' monoprinting,
practicing how to paint on (add) and take away (subract), and they made
some 'free' stamps out of foam and recycled mat board. These practices
went into a printmaking notebook they made along with a typed
description of monoprinting and stamping.
For their planet, they chose their
colors, painted on magazines and used paper towels and q-tips to lift up
areas. Then they printed and cut them into a perfect circle. Then,
they used lids from around the art room to create 'mini-monoprints' on a
black paper to create smaller planets for the background. They also
created star stamps to stamp on the black paper, then glued down their
planet x on top of everything.
For the finishing touches, we glazed with gel and went around the planets and stars with chalk for a glowing effect.
all was done, the students filled out a worksheet describing the name
of their planet, the inhabitants, atmosphere, climate and landscape.
This was their favorite part and the ideas were flowing like crazy!