Our Own Action Painting
Imagine you had the chance to brush a thick layer of black paint over a taped section of the classroom table. Follow that by drawing sweeping lines and shapes that overlap and intersect on the painted surface using large plastic combs, cardboard and wooden utensils. Place a big sheet of clean white drawing paper over the design hovering carefully to position the borders just so. Drop the paper and firmly press it to the painted design with an outstretched hand to make your print. Carefully peel the paper away from the table to reveal your masterpiece. Later, when the print has dried completely, gently apply and blend chalk pastel colors to white areas in the composition.
Students in 3rd and 4rth grades created this ‘Monoprint” type of printmaking recently in Art Class. This particular lesson combined references to the non objective and abstract artwork of well known artists such as Jackson Pollack, Kandinsky, and Andy Warhol, introduction and practice in a new art form, and lots of physical activity.
Upon reflection towards the end of the activity, students shared enthusiastic remarks:
· “It’s so freeing. I could make anything I wanted. “…… Akshay
· “It’s so peaceful.” ….. Taylor
· “Supplies are easily on hand. You can recycle and reuse the surface again and again.” ………….. Isabella
· “You feel so free and peaceful, you don’t even know you’re doing it. You’re learning without actually feeling like you’re working.”… Soren
· “I would like to do it again.”….. Harrison
· “It was so fun. We painted the table and used the tools to make our design look cool.” ……. Michelle
I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.
~Confucius, 450 BC