Monday, January 2, 2012

First grade cat prints

First grade students studied the cat prints of Steinlen and Warhol. After looking at different cats, students made drawings that were transferred to Styrofoam. We printed the cats in two different ways. With traditional black ink,
and by drawing on the styrofoam with markers, before printing on damp paper.
I thought I had the technique down, making sure the paper had just the right amount of water on them.
Many of them turned out great. I love the color and the soft effect on these.

But many more turned out like this. I am pretty sure most of these students printed on the wrong side of the paper-the one that didn't have as much water on it. I need to change something about this lesson to make it a bit more successful. I think I may make it take a bit longer and have students print in smaller groups, so that I can make sure they are printing on the damp side. And, so that they have enough ink on their blocks for the black prints, too. Any other suggestions?


  1. Whenever we get not-so-great prints, I always let the kids draw back into them once dry. We use oil pastels or colored pencils, and I bet crayons would work too. The color adds a a new dimension and it makes a real one of a kind piece. However, these look great and the smudges don't bother me - they look very Klee-esque.

  2. I think I can take a little longer and have the students in smaller groups, so that I can make sure they are in moist side.

    Midwest Scrapbook

  3. You have been awarded the Liebster blog award from me!


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