Saturday, January 8, 2011

Radial Symmetry Prints

Materials:
- Paper (one 5" x 5" for each child, one 10" x 10" for each child)
- Pencils
- Scratchfoam (or styrofoam meat trays)
- Printmaking ink
- Brayers
- Printmaking trays

We discussed the art of printmaking and where it can be seen today. We also reviewed symmetry vs. radial symmetry.

1. Fold 5" x 5" paper diagonally so that you have a triangle. Choose one corner along the fold and place a dot. Draw an interesting line design starting from the dot and go "off" each edge somewhere at least once. 

2. Using a light box or window, trace design onto other side. When opened, you should have a symmetrical design.

3. Place design on top of 5" x 5" scratchfoam. Trace into foam using a pencil. Take off paper and trace into foam once more for good measure. Where dot was on original drawing, place a dot in the same corner onto the back of the scratchfoam.

4. Present a printmaking demonstration. Print design onto corner of 10" x 10" paper with dot towards the center. Repeat in all four corners. 

5. Make a second print with dots towards outside corners of 10" x 10" paper. (Optional)




5 comments:

  1. This is soooo funny that you are posting this! I just finished this lesson with my 2nd graders!!! They came out awesome! I love how you did yours in color. My kids used only black (mainly because I had an over abundance of black ink). LOVE the pieced together design. They were so amazed that one design turned into a totally new one when put together. Great job!

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  2. Love it! I've been planning on a printmaking project but it keeps getting sidelined. Maybe this will be my inspiration.

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  3. Perfect timing - I need a printmaking project for 2nd grade - I was going to try and do an animal in the jungle a la Rousseau but this seems much more 'do-able' THANKS! Will start it tomorrow!

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  4. It sounds like you've all used this project for young students. Do you think it's something that older students (Middle School) would enjoy, too? How might I be able to adapt it for older students?
    Thanks!

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