|The Education Studio at Columbia College|
Art still makes me self-hesitant. No matter how much I believe in art as a language of children, or how deeply I respect the process, not to mention that I teach in the art studio in the children's museum, I still do not see myself as a "good" artist. I enjoy collaging and journaling, like the feel of a paintbrush over water colors, and am inspired by playing with art mediums. But I would never call myself an artsy person. So to be attending a workshop with artists who are going to be teaching was intimidating to this teacher who uses art.
|The studio had a shelf full of tape!|
|We used found materials with fun textures, layers of tape, paper shapes to make the collage prints.|
|We rolled the ink directly on the "stamps" we created then set the paper atop of the "stamps".|
As a bonus, I also came away with an exciting new art process for children to explore. The way we played with prints today does not require a printing press or even expensive materials. We used ink and special rollers and smoothing stones, but I'm betting that in a classroom the process would still be interesting with tempera paint, student rollers, and hands as smoothing stones.
|My collage "stamp" with ink.|
|These are some of the prints that resulted from my texture collage.|
|These "stamps" were made by using a pen to sketch designs on thin foam. The pressure of the pen creates indents. I also played with using the outside of one piece to create a border in a different color.|
|These are the prints that resulted from playing with my foam pieces.|