They are seriously so much fun!I met Chris and Nieves at a workshop hosted by The Frist Center for Visual Arts. We had so much fun that when I was dreaming up artists to visit, their studio immediately came to mind. Not surprisingly, they were totally open to the idea and were gracious enough to carve time (see what I did there? "Carve"...get it?!) out of their busy schedule to show me just how they create their prints. They were so thorough in their explanations that I believe kids will understand their process.
Personally, I just loved exploring their space and snapping photos for their vintage typeface. I was told most are purchased from former printmakers who no longer have a means to print or a desire to do so.
I loved how clearly they explained the reasoning behind carving backwards. I know I would mess that up ALL.THE.TIME. I don't know how they do it.
Both artists did their internship at Hatch Show Print which must-see if you are ever visiting beautiful downtown Nashville.
I felt like I learned so much from this field trip as well! Seeing the process of how their posters are creating was like taking a step back in time. I think that showing this Field Trip! video will be a great introduction to any printmaking unit.
Since we're talking about printmaking, I thought I'd add some of my favorite printmaking projects and videos to this post.
You don't need fancy printmaking supplies to create great prints with your students. In a pinch, you can use styrofoam sheets, markers, paper and a damp sponge. If you've never tried marker prints, they are a game changer! First grade created these lovely prints with that method. More details here.
Last year, third grade tried their hand at printmaking with these beautiful cityscape prints.
For that, we did use ink but markers could have been used as well.
Gelli Plates make a great printmaking surface as well, which is what we used for this Andy Warhol-inspired lesson. I've created my own gelatin plates and had the kids use those as well.
Earlier this year, my third graders created these marker prints and used them in a fall collage.
Fourth grade created these radial prints for Dot Day and had a ton of fun.
Seriously, y'all. This poster created by Sawtooth is a kid-fave in my room.
Special thanks to Chris and Nieves for the fun visit. Y'all are the best!