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Earth Prints



I have been doing a version of this lesson for several years. With older students, we usually add a writing element-their wish for the earth, a poem, something about earth day or recycling. You can make this as complicated or as simple as you like.

This year, I tried it with the 4 year old preschool students. They started by drawing dots all over black paper to create the stars.


They painted the back of a plate with white, green and blue paint. Then pressed it onto the black paper, gave a twist and voila! a print of the earth.




Printed Valentines



For this lesson, 3 year old preschoolers printed shapes onto narrow sheets of paper.



We used forks, bottle caps, and cardboard tubes that were cut and formed into a heart shape. The students dipped the printing materials in paint and pressed it to the paper.

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They were encouraged to create a patterns Some enjoyed that idea more than others.


Mittens and Snowflakes


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This lesson was done with Kindergarten and First Grade. I love printing with different objects and I love simple lessons that look good. I think this achieves both.

Students began by tracing around their hand to create a mitten shape. They cut out the mitten and then decorate with patterns and line. The mitten is then glued onto the bottom part of the paper. We used 4 1/2 x12 black paper.

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We also read the book Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and talked about snowflakes and symmetry. There is a great website about Wilson Bentley that tells more about him and has images of the snowflakes he photographed.

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After they finish the mitten and glue it down, they use white paint to print with. The printing tools were things I grabbed from my cupboard-pattern blocks, forks, bottle caps, applesauce squeeze pouch lids, whatever I saw that might make a good print.

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Egypt Art Lesson



I absolutely love printmaking. So any excuse to get out the brayers and ink is a good day for me. This lesson came from a request of a 6th grade team who wanted something for their Egypt Unit. I found a great “Draw like an Egyptian” lesson from the Boise Art Museum: http://boiseartmuseum.org/education/egyptian.php

The students have often done cartouches with their name in hieroglyphics. We just combined the Egyptian drawings with the print making.

First, the students drew their hieroglyphic name on newsprint. They traced over it with black marker so it would show through the other side.

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Once they had that done, they turned the paper over and traced the hieroglyphics onto a styrofoam printing plate. I set up a printing station at the back of the classroom and students took turns printing their cartouche with gold ink onto black paper.

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Once finished with the cartouche plates, the students began their drawing. We talked about the cube system used by tomb artists so that each drawing was the same. We looked at examples of tomb art so they could see the way in which the gods, people and pharaohs were depicted.  We also talked about the colors that were used and that all things had meaning-even color.

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When they finished their drawings, they cut them out and glued them onto the cartouche pages.


Rhinos Who Surf



My children have loved this book since it was first read it to them. The illustrations are colorful and bright. The surfer slang makes it a fun read.


I first read the book to the students. I did a directed drawing of the rhino with them using grey oil pastel.

Students colored in their rhinos and added swim trunks, horns, eyes and swirls to the knee caps and elbows. Students drew colorful surfboards under their rhinos. They could add sky and water or use the paint for that. To make the water, students used bottles caps to make circle prints with blue, green and white tempera paint.

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