This is wonderful Christy! :)
Ha! Love them! :)Elizabeth
Hi there! I am doing printmaking with first grade and am looking for a good way to do these fold and prints. How do you put out the primary colors and what tools are the kids using to put the paint on the paper? I have 30 plus Kids at a time. Thanks. Suzanne
I have the kids fold their paper and put their name on it before we even get started - then I go around and squirt a blob of yellow on each paper - then we all fold and 'squish' at the same time - then we all open at the same time, and talk about what it looks like - and then I go around with blue, then red... it takes a lot of patience on the kids' part as I go around with the paint, but I really build up the suspense, and we talk about what we think what might happen, so it has worked really well for me! my numbers are more like 24 at a time. If you have a helper, they could squirt paint, too - or have kids put a spoon-ful of paint on their papers. it really helps having a nice blob of paint, which can be hard with a brush. If there is time at the end, we do an 'art walk' and go around the room to see everyone's work - it's really fun!
Christy, I like your approach. I'm going to try it with my preschoolers when I can get them all to sit at once; this might be the incentive they need! I find if one adds some drama (as opposed to the melodrama we sometimes experience) it really grabs their attention. Kudos to you to do this with 24 children!
Thanks, Susan! It's such a fun project, and it's nice to extend the learning beyond just the paint blob, to see if they can create symmetry on PURPOSE - not just from the paint squishing :)