Pre-Preppers: Exploring the Art of Printmaking

Our class has been exploring some of the different ways to make resist paintings, as well as the process of printmaking. We started with crayons, using them to color on paper before painting with watercolors. The liquid paints rolled right off of our drawings! Next, we tried out some chalk. By drawing and smudging the chalk, we made blended color patterns on papers with taped designs. When we peeled the tape off, we had a new design!

Finally, we looked at printmaking. We started with flowers, using them as stamps on small sheets and large ones. Then we looked at Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa. After some friendly discussion over the colors and the figures, we colored in big waves on our papers to be used in a later recreation. We also used Play-Doh to make boats like the ones in the picture, and sang “Row, row, row your boat,” while we played.

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