2nd grade monoprint

2nd grade monoprint, originally uploaded by a_stlkr.

Last week the 2nd grade classes finished their mono-print projects. They each created a unique colorful patterned background to compliment their mono-print dessert. I love how their individual artistic styles so clearly show through.

The Project Objectives:
To learn about the artist Wayne Thiebaud, his juicy paintings, and his Americana imagery. To learn about mono-printing technique. To develop an original pattern to be used as a background.

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3 comments

  1. What did you use to make the monoprints? These are so fun — I want to do these this year, too!

  2. What did you use to make the monoprints? These are so fun — I want to do these this year, too!

    • Hi Clare,

      I used black water based wood block ink, plexiglass, and a paintbrush.

      I had the kids lay an image under the plexiglass and then trace the image with the woodblock ink using a paintbrush. I told the kids that they only had a min or less to trace their image (on a hot day, the ink will dry pretty fast). They then took a clean sheet of paper and laid it on top of the ink drawing and rubbed the back of their paper. When they pulled the paper up, the ink transferred onto the paper. I had them then make a “ghost print” by laying another piece of paper over the same ink drawing, rubbing, and pulling an image that was lighter than their original print. For clean up, I used windex or simple green to get all of the ink off the plexiglass for the next student to use.

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