All of our March classes have been exploring PRINTMAKING.  Our preschoolers have had MANY opportunities to explore this concept through relief prints, stamping, and mono prints.  Check out some of our favorites:


Nature Critters


Here's a fun idea of outdoor art.  It works best in a wooded area since you'll be looking for FOUND nature objects to construct some loveable creatures.  

Our little guys are made from found nature objects, google eyes, glue dots, feathers, gems, paint, and permanent marker.

This is would be a fun project to bring camping--keeping little hands busy while the grown-ups relax and chat by the campfire!
Our February classed focused on mixed media.  Below is a just a small sampling of our students' work.  (we need to get better about taking pictures!)

Rainy Day ARt


by Allison May Jensen
{This post first appeared on Allison's blog, Miss Allison's Art}
We spent the afternoon making art in a warm rain shower!  We used a combination of neon food coloring and washable markers--plus the rain--to create some very colorful pictures!

Not a whole lotta explanation needed here.  It was wet and messy and fun!  Enjoy the pictures!


Monotype Printing


A simple printmaking project that you can try is a monotype (you can only use your template once!). 

This monotype is made by removing color to create a subtractive image.  It challenges us to draw the negative space!

Supplies used:
  • Cookie sheet (or other smooth, non-porous surface)
  • Dark-colored paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Brayer
  • Paper
Quick printed landscape made using a monoprint method (see video below)

by Allison May Jensen
{This blog post first appeared on Allison's blog for Miss Allison's Art}
Early on an August morning in Kansas City in 2012, we headed to a local park for our Outdoor Art Class!  (this is pre-Orange Easel, when we were still Miss Allison's Art.  See our story here.)

We started with a BANG!  I found these film canister rockets on "Not Just Cute." Blogger Amanda Morgan mentioned a "colorful twist" on this old classic...she added watercolor powder to the film canister and set the "rockets" off on a large sheet of paper, creating an abstract art piece.  That's my kind of science that uses paint!

My crew set off these paint-filled rockets and made some large abstract art in the process!