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Introduce your children to the magic of printmaking! Printmaking's such an interesting process for kids, and this bundle of projects doesn’t require any sharp tools. It features seven projects, all created using soft craft foam, etched with pencils. From butterflies to sea turtles, Sahara animals, illuminated letters, snowflakes, bugs and flowers, and arctic birds—these engaging projects also tie in art history, literature, and/or science.
Each lesson includes a detailed photo tutorial to help with every step of the printmaking process, as well as a spotlight on the artists that inspired the prints. How-to-draw sheets and reference drawing handouts are especially helpful with the drawing steps. After all, a great print often starts with a good drawing.
This is a great set of hands-on projects for a printmaking theme, an after school art class, art camp, or homeschooling for children ages 8-12.
The bundle includes:
-Butterflies: Andy Warhol’s Silverspot Butterfly prints are the inspiration for these pop art butterflies. Included are line drawings of eight butterflies that your students can use to help with the drawing step. This project is beautiful as printed with water-soluble printmaking ink, or you can take it a step further by adding even more color with colored pencils after the ink dries.
-Sea Turtles: Sea turtles are great for printmaking because kids love turtles, they’re easy to draw, and the scales provide a place to etch a variety of interesting patterns. This project can be done a few ways: with markers on watercolor paper, with printmaking ink on paper painted with watercolors, or with ink on white drawing paper or construction paper. My students do the first two options, using the same foam plate. You can tie in a science lesson on sea turtles and why many species are endangered. The art is inspired by printmaker Holly Meade.
-Sahara Animals: Taking inspiration from carved gourds in Chad and other African countries, students create a print of an animal from the Sahara Desert. The kids learn about calabash gourd art, as well as fun facts about the world’s largest desert and what animals can survive there. Students love camels, but they’re also interested in finding out about the lesser-known desert animals. This project includes step-by-step instructions for 12 different animals: the addax antelope, anteater, cheetah, deathstalker scorpion, desert hedgehog, dorcas gazelle, dromedary camel, fennec fox, golden jackal, monitor lizard, scarab beetle, and secretary bird.
-Illuminated Letters: Inspired by illuminated texts of medieval times, these prints combine letter forms with dragons and mythical creatures, castles, kings and queens, and decorative designs. The project includes reference line drawings of 12 mythical beings, as well as drawings of other medieval-inspired objects and designs, to help students with the drawing piece. This lesson is also stunning in colored pencil on black paper. Full instructions for this option are also provided!
-Snowflakes: Is each snowflake different? How does it form? What’s a snowflake look like up close? This lesson combines science and art in such an engaging way. The children learn about snowflake photographer Wilson Bentley and printmaker Mary Azarian, who illustrated the picture book about him, Snowflake Bentley. A handout of nine snowflake designs is provided for inspiration as well as a detailed photo tutorial on the steps for printing with craft foam. Students can print on watercolor painted paper and/or dark-colored construction paper. Included are instructions for printing the snowflakes in a circle design (for younger kids) and a cut out design.
-Bugs & Flowers: Maria Merian, a naturalist and artist from the 17th century, is the inspiration for these bug and flower prints. At a time when insects were considered “beasts of the devil” that came from the mud, Maria was one of the first to document the metamorphosis of the butterfly. Her paintings and engravings of insects and their plant hosts are now treasured in museums around the world. This project can be printed on white paper with color added in chalk pastels or printed on paper previously dyed with bleeding tissue paper.
-Arctic Birds: These Arctic birds are a fantastic project to build drawing and printmaking skills while learning about Inuit art from Canada’s Arctic Circle. The project includes 18 line drawings of Arctic birds, with step-by-step instructions on how to draw each. Students appreciate having so many choices of birds, and the handouts help them with their drawings. Included are the Arctic tern, Canada goose, eider duck, grey owl, herring gull, loon, mallard duck, peregrine falcon, puffin, raven, rock ptarmigan, sandpiper, and snowy owl. You can create prints in water soluble block printing ink and/or water-soluble markers.
Each lesson includes:
· Art History and/or Science Spotlight
· Recommended Resources
· Detailed Photo Tutorial
· Art Gallery
· Drawing Handouts
Thanks for checking out this bundle! It will save you so much time. I teach art to children in Westchester, NY. My passion is creating art projects my students love and sharing them with you.
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