Begin With Printmaking


dscn6492I like to start with printmaking. I generally start with mono-printing.  Students learn about using a brayer, the prefix, “mono” meaning one, printing something, as opposed to drawing or painting, sharing, process,  and a bunch of other related concepts.  The younger students just remember finger painting.  It make for a really good introduction to art class as fun and something to look forward to.



dscn6484Starts off like this, with the student rolling out the ink/paint onto something that can be washed easily, cafeteria tray, cookie sheet, or, in this case, a piece of Plexiglas,.

dscn6485Then with a  suitable tool….

dscn6486…here a kindergartner finger, you push the paint around creating line and space, leaving a bit of paint behind on a finger.


dscn6487Then you lay the paper down on the plexiglass…

dscn6489…pat it down gently…


dscn6491…and then peel it off the plexiglass

dscn6492…where you can inspect the finished work


I am very fortunate t0 often have older students  volunteer from study hall, which really helps with the very young classes.  Above, Ms. Sara, is helping them get cleaned up.




Self Aggrandizement… not that bad…I’m very fortunate to get many letters and drawings from students who are happy to take the class.

I’m going to start posting them on this page.

edited letter from pelinThis was from a first grader who had to dictate the letter!  What a nice person to say such nice things about her 61 year old art teacher!

edited ava the bestWho doesn’t like to get a “you are the best ever” page?

editedthe best from jacobWow, “best art teacher in the world”, I’m sure there are many other art teachers int he world, but I get to be the best!

edited tase is the bestAgain, what can I say, I’m apparently “the Best” again.  I love the colors and cutouts!

DSCN5517You can never get enough of this sort of thing, it’s always nice to get a compliment!

DSCN5518I’m thinking this is myself and the student who made the piece walking together. Unfortunately, no name and the piece was made with water soluble markers and it suffered badly in a spilled coffee incident of my own making.


Some Recent Paper Mache


Below is a collection of 6th, 7th and 8th grade paper mache.  I have not edited the photos completely and I probably need to add some more text.  But some students wanted to see the pictures, so here they are:


DSCN6379Great job on the Suessical imagery!


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DSCN6383Good shot of 5 completed paper mache masks.  A high degree of finish at this table.


DSCN6384Here’s  an intelligent, motivated student He wanted to make a bank instead of a mask.  I try to stay out of the way when a student comes up with their own idea.


DSCN6386This mask has to win the award for creepiest!  I told him to put it on his bedroom door at home, if he does not want anyone to come in!  The green yarn  hair really makes it better.

DSCN6387Almost a see no evil, hear no evil set of monkeys!



DSCN6322Always the thoughtful one, here the Chandler contemplates how many ways he hates his art teacher.


DSCN6324 DSCN6317I cannot remember why Ms. Pike felt the need to strike a pose here, I’m sure she has her reasons.



DSCN6320Mr. Christian eventually turned this into Squidward, a Spongebob character