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Adding artful marks to projects using paint or ink teaches students how to layer, pattern, and compose a beautiful piece of art. The most important part of the process of mark-making comes down to the tools. With many awesome texture tools already available, adding to your collection will only strengthen the variety of tools your students can access. A great resource to check out for creating and collecting your own mark-making tools is this Print and Stamp Lab Book. The book emphasizes that the best tools can be in the most unconventional places.
With so many styles of sponges available, collecting sponges for printmaking and mark-making can be a great start to your collection.
Think instructional tools. Hands-on learning. Process boards. Lesson plans. Browse Graduate Courses.
What kinds of sponges should I collect?
Mark-making brushes can be made or purchased. Larger brushes are especially useful to use with students in adaptive art classes to assist with fine motor skills because of the larger grip handles.
What kind of brushes should I collect?
Small dotters are fun for lessons such as Dot Day creations or Aboriginal Dot Paintings. Many of these mark-making tools can be scavenged from your own art room.
What kinds of dotters should I collect?
Add to your texture tool collection by always being aware of the kind of mark an item might create. Typically, you may walk right past a shelf of cookie cutters or silly witch fingers in the store. However, constantly thinking about how a mark-making tool could be used with your students will help make your collection grow.
What kinds of texture tools should I collect?
Speaking of nontraditional printing tools, have you ever used potato mashers to create art? It’s incredibly fun and produces stunning marks. Check out the work of author and illustrator, Jeanne Stycinski, who uses a variety of printing tools, such as potato mashers and wooden spools, to create her beautiful collage papers.
What kinds of kitchen tools should I collect?
If you are looking for more resources about printmaking, check out these resources:
Be sure to leave all your printmaking tools out to dry completely after washing them. If you seal them in closed containers while they are still damp, they will likely mold.
There are so many ways these tools can be used in the classroom. Finding them is almost as much fun as exploring ways to use them with your students. After you have started your collection of mark-making tools, you won’t be able to stop! Have fun giving your students opportunities to explore different ways to make art.
What is your favorite mark-making tool to use with students?
Where do you like to find printmaking tools for your classroom?
What projects work best for incorporating printmaking techniques?
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