Magazine article Arts & Activities

In the Studio: Create and Present

Magazine article Arts & Activities

In the Studio: Create and Present

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GRADES K-6

STAMPING THROUGH THE FOREST. When creating art with kindergartners, newspaper is usually placed under their artwork to protect the desks from getting painted. In this case, the newspaper is an integral part of the art itself!

These mixed-media pieces, a combination of printmaking (stamping) and collage, are wonderful for depicting the scale of litde Red Riding Hood in relation to the forest The tiny figure in the foreground (wearing solid red clothing) contrasts sharply with the vertical stripes of the newspaper trees.

Teacher Alexis Buchanan provided textured stamps for the students to fill in textured differences between the sky and the vegetation. While helping the students develop fine motor skills, she cleverly advises, "Tearing newspaper for the trees and drawing/'cutting out Little Red Riding Hood should be done first. This way, after printing the textured background, the wet paint acts as an adhesive."

Notice the variations of how the students filled in and overstamped their patterns in order to create more density of color. The other "natural" patterns of typeset words and printed images on newsprint are fun to consider, as they have introduced a new kind of instant birch-like bark.

NATIONAL ART STANDARDS: Kindergarten

CREATE: Through the experimentation, build skills in various media and approaches to art making; Create art that represents natural and constructed environments.

CONNECT: Identify a purpose of an artwork.

GRADES 7-12

COMICAL, CRAFTY AND CUNNING. The animated nature of these comical wolf illustrations makes them catch the eye as well as the imagination. Each pen and ink drawing features a single hairy and wily-seeming wolf that is "anthropomorphized" by standing on its hind legs and engaging in human activity.

Oddly, the inspiration for this lesson by teacher, Richard Nowell, was based on ancient literature. …

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