Second grade artists just finished these great prints. First, we learned about the Austrian artist, Gustav Klimt and his famous "Tree of Life" painting. We drew our own trees on paper and transferred them onto Styrofoam to create plates to print from.
On the second day we had a blast printmaking! Each class was able to create three prints. We used silver, gold and black ink on various colored papers. When I did this project last year we made our own watercolor paper to print on with only black ink. This year, my students were able to experience different inks.
This is a really messy/busy day so it's important for all of my students to have cleaning jobs and help set up for the next class for it to go smoothly.
They are so excited to pull off their prints and see the magic!
On the third day, students choose their favorite two prints, cut them out (this helps getting rid of the messy fingerprints from pulling their prints) and glued them to black paper to frame them together. They used metallic colored pencils to add line designs to the frame and prints. I let them frame and take the third print home to share!