As I designed this project I worried that it would be too complicated and too logistically challenging. When I broke it down into three separate components, I realized that it was not only do-able, but would give the students a rich and well-balanced art experience.
* An inner tube cut into 3" (8 cm) squares and scrubbed clean. (I asked a tire store and they gave me used inner tubes for free.)
* Wood, cut down into approximately 2 x 2" (5 x 5 cm) pieces. (I found scrap wood at a cabinet shop and cut it down on a band-saw.)
* Water-base printing ink or acrylic paints for printing or raised stamp pads.
* Foam makeup sponges if using inks.
* Davey board, .082 80 pt. size, cut into 6 1/2" (17 x 17 cm) squares.
* Light tag board, cut into 6 x 18 1/2" (15 x 47 cm) strips.
* Colored pencils.
* Glue, rulers--ideally 18" (46 cm) ones, old catalogs or magazines.
Creating the Content
As an introduction to the lesson, my eighth-grade art class looked carefully at …