The inspiration for this project comes from Mrs. Knight’s Smartest Artists! I loved the idea of using materials to create a wintery landscape for 3rd grade collagraphs.
We started off by brainstorming different animals/objects/scenes we could show for a winter wonderland. Students used a variety of textured materials to create their printing plate. They drew their design in pencil first then cut and glued shapes.
Each student was responsible for creating a printing plate, at least one card, and at least on flat print.
So while some kiddos printed at the back table, others wrote cards.
Students could choose anybody to write their greeting card to. they had to include a greeting, 5 sentences, and a closing. I have written before about how much I adore children’s writing especially when it is open ended and this project was no exception to the absolute cuteness kids can create.
I have also written before about how much I despise printmaking. Not because of the mess but because it just never turns out that great. Also it is 2016 and there are 3d printers so why in the world are we teaching something as archaic as handmade 2d printing? Anyway. . . this project changed my mind a little bit because the prints came out beautiful.
One particular class was super into the idea of penguins so there were many penguin themed prints!
I really love how these turned out but hope that the weather continues to be in the 50s-70s. NO THANK YOU SNOW (stay up north where you belong).