Monoprinting for Kids with school paints

LEVEL: Pre-school and Primary.

This is quick, colourful and easy.  It is block printing at its simplest form using a Tempera Poster Paint with fingers and kids do love pushing paint around with their fingers.
This week we had fun exploring colours with this simple printing technique by seeing what we could do with just one colour.
Mono printing for Kids with tempera paint
Mono Printing for Kids with school paints

You will need:
: Sketch Paper
: Tempera Paint in simple bold colours
: Paint pots or dishes.
: Printing plate: (old plastic placemat, styrofoam board, any flat non-porous surface). We used a small sheet of plexiglas.  You can use a wipe-able bench top.
: Roller or a wide paint brush.
: Apron and a cover sheet, newspapers or paper towels.

Let’s get started:
Monoprints are about a simple and quick one colour art form in that you cover a large area of the printing plate with a tempera paint. Your images are created by finger painting a basic design in the paint on the plate.  Then you gently place your paper over the design and lift it off.

Monoprinting with tempera paint
Mono printing: Rolling out the tempera paint
1.       Spread Tempera Paint evenly over your printing plate with a wide brush or use a roller.  Making sure that it is slightly smaller than your paper.  It is not important to make it straight edged in fact it adds to the final effect.

2.       Using fingers draw designs on the painted area.  The more simple and basic picture the better. What you are trying to do is remove the paint with your finger. If you are not happy with the design you can re-roll the area and start again.

3.       When you're happy with your design, lay the paper on top, making sure to cover the area with paint. Try not to press on the painted area too much and also try not to move the paper around as it will smudge your final design.  

4.       Carefully peel the paper from the printing plate to reveal the mono printed image. 

5.       The printing plate can be reworked to be used again and again for the whole class.

6.       Allow to dry.

Monoprinting school paint lesson
Monoprinting Kids can make fun and interesting designs

TIPS:  
-          Keep it to one colour.
-          Printing plate: just needs to be a wipe able surface.
-          Less is more. Try not to overdo the designs.
-          Your designs will always come out in a reversed mirror image.
-          Pressing hard on the paper while printing can turn your image into a blotchy mess.  
-          The children decided to do fish with blue paint and flowers with red paint.

Share and enjoy & have fun.

Tony Parker
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School Powder Paint sprinkles in the rain

LEVEL: Pre-school and early primary.
This is a great out door nature inspired painting project.  It’s always good to get outdoors and let the children talk about all the colours that they can see around them in the trees, grass and in the sky.  Using these colours to create artworks is ideal for learning colour mixing, squeezing (fine motor skills) and natural colours.  It is simple quick and colourful fun.

You can use a small spray bottle filled with water to create your own rain on a sunny day.
School Powder Paints - sprinkles in the rain
You will need:
: Tempera Powder Paints.
: Kitchen sieve.
: Old spoons.
: A small spray bottle filled with clean water.
: Paper - heavier construction paper or cardboard works best here.
: Water tub or tray.
: Paper towels for clean-up.
School Powder Paint outdoor painting lesson
Get outdoors with colour

Let’s get started:
You can do this in the rain; but we found it cleaner and easier to create your own rain with a small spray bottle filled with water.

Layout your sheets of paper inside the tray or water tub.  This helps to contain the powder paint and stops the wind from blowing away your paint before you can wet it.
Sprinkle the tempera power paint over paper in a range of colours. 

I found it worked better with an old kitchen sieve as it helped to spread the powder paints thinly and evenly without it becoming heaped up.
Keeping your paper inside the tray use the spray bottle filled with clean water to lightly wet the powder.

Allow to dry.
powder paint school art lesson
School Powder Paint - sprinkles in the rain

TIPS:  
- We found heavier paper better as the paper does get very wet. Soggy paper will just fall apart.

- You can also sprinkle Temper Powder Paint on to cardboard and carry it into the rain. The raindrops will turn the paint into wet colours.  

- Children can also explore mixing water and paint in small trays or they can try out other ideas of their own.  

Share and enjoy & have fun.

Tony Parker
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Wonky spider webs - feathering with thick school paint


LEVEL: Pre-school and Primary.
This is quick, colourful fun and easy.     


FAS Craft Paint Wonky spider webs - feathering with thick school paint
Wonky Spider Webs
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You will need:
: Paper
: Thicken Tempera Paint or a coloured PVA like 3D Craft Paint
: Scraper or an anything plastic like an old plastic ruler.
: Apron and a cover sheet or newspapers or paper towels.

Let’s get started:
You can either outline with a pencil around a circular object to make a perfect circle or you can just do it by hand to make a wonky shape, like we did.

It is easier to use a bottle with a nozzle cap for better control.
school paints making spider webs
We used a plastic ruler.
Start from the outside and work inwards to keep the basic shape.

Try not to use too many colours.
When you have filled in the shape use a blunt straight edged object and drag from the inside to the outer edge.  We used a plastic ruler.  You will need to wipe clean your object making sure you have no paint on it each time you drag through the paint.


Allow to dry.  Because this is thick painting it might take some time.
TIPS:  
It is better to use card or thicker paper as the paint is thick and will soak through normal paper.
Less is more. Try not to overdo the scraping
Don’t paint too thick. Soggy paper will just fall apart.  

Share and enjoy & have fun.

Tony Parker