Mono Printing/Finger Painting
On August 19th, 2014 a new art year started for my students and myself! I thought the best thing to start with would be a lesson in mono printing. We discussed the word/prefix, “mono” meaning one and we talked about the process of printing one at a time, hence the word “monoprinting”
The students will remember it as finger painting. I should have taken a picture of the clean room with freshly painted table tops, ’cause they won’t look this nice the rest of the year. It’s a fun first day project. They have to listen to me, cooperate with each other, and they all like smearing paint around.
You start out by smearing some paint around on a piece of plexiglass. You can see one student using a brush to smear the paint around and one student starting to scribble with one finger. I tell the students to use one finger so it’s easier to clean up.
Once the design is scribbled into the paint, a piece of paper is set down on the paint. You can see a student here lightly pushing the paper down in to the paint to get the paint to adhere to the paper.
Below are just some general classroom shots of doing the mono-printing/finger painting. I wish I would have thought to take some picture of the K and 1st graders, they were all pretty excited!