Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Printmaking is one of my favorite things to do with elementary kids. In part, because it feels like magic. And, in part, because it tends to be one of those things that even the least successful still look pretty good. Kids who struggle in other areas often find success in printmaking.

I tried a few new lessons this year. Taken from an arts and activities (I think?) Potato and apple printing, radial symmetry. Both Kindergarten and 2nd grade did this lesson.

First grade made styrofoam print cats, both with black ink and marker.
Second grade studied the dancer prints of Woody Crumbo and Degas. One child had a giraffe dancing in his glue print. Loved it!
More dancers!
Collagraphs by third grade. A study of symmetry with bugs. (Also from SA or A&A.)
A few more on display.
Fourth grade also used styrofoam to create self-portraits, which they printed three different ways - black ink on white paper, black ink on a tissue paper collage, and markers. This was one of my favorites.


  1. Hi Angie,

    Thanks for visiting my blog today. As I am reading your blog and enjoying the talent spread out all over here and other two blogs, I have to say you are one gifted lady..
    You just made me realize if I had a chance to choose a career at this point in my life, I would choose to be an art teacher in an elementary school!
    I volunteered when my children were in elementary and there was nothing greater rewarding than watching young talent express themselves through art!
    Keep up the fabulous work that you are doing!

  2. What beautiful prints! I especially liked printing on the tissue paper collage. I have some collagraghs that would look great that way...

  3. Angie, thanks for visitng my blog! I decided to check out your blog, and I'm glad I did!

    I struggle with printmaking for some reason, so I'm always interested in what others do. I recall potato printing as a young kid, but I'm wondering - are you precutting shapes for the kids or what? I really like the look of these radial prints. What kind of ink or paint are you using w/the potatoes and apples?

  4. I love the potato printing. I was wondering the same questionas phyl, did you pre-cut the designs? Also, how far in advance can you cut the shapes & use them? Great idea, Printmaking can be tricky with all of the steps.. and young artists! Good work!

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  5. Somehow I don't have my comments set up to my email, so I'm just now seeing these. I did precut the potatoes. I just cut a few up I'm the morning. I just used temperate paint with these. The biggest problem I had was the kids wanting to spread the paint with the stamps, rather than just stamping the design.


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