February 1, 2008

styrofoam ain't just for cheap meals.

In keeping with our printmaking lessons, the kids were introduced to Styrofoam prints. We used a material that we ordered from an art catalog, but when I was taught this lesson, we literally used Styrofoam plates. A local artist and teacher, Mar Augelli, taught a class to our older children and used foam insulation instead. The prints came out a bit different since that material is more sensitive to markings, but the results were just as fabulous. Here are a few examples from the 5 and 6-year-olds.

I wanted to get in on the fun too, so here's one of my prints. I printed on a page from a book I found entitled Dream Dictionary that I was planning on letting the kids use for their altered book project... that is, until I flipped through it and found some questionable material. I kind of fell in love with the book anyway since I have the most boring, yet frequent dreams ever. So clearly, I'm fascinated by people who actually dream they're giving their graduation speech when they all of a sudden realize they're naked. (I just flipped to a page and its explanation for dreaming of a parrot is this: Repeating without judgment what others have said; accepting or copying something without evaluating it. Hmmmm... yeah. OK.)

Anyway, all of that to say, I finally got to put this book to good use.

{This is the card I made for my sweetheart.}

Blessings and warmth,
Merry weekend.

1 comment:

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