Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater/KinderArt.com
Students will use fruits and vegetables to create prints. This is a terrific, inexpensive way to introduce printmaking to your students. This is a form of printmaking that can be done with all ages — even adults!
What You Need:
- Paint or ink.
- Sponges and an old cookie tray or styrofoam tray. (its a good idea to put the paint on a sponge so that when an object is dipped into the paint, the sponge will only let off a little bit of paint … because a little is all you need.)
- Paintbrushes, water and water containers.
- A covered work area.
- Fruits and veggies of all kinds. Some good ones are:
What You Do:
- The basic idea is to dip fruits and vegetables into paint or printing ink and stamp them onto paper in random or ordered patterns.
- Students may instead wish to apply paint or ink directly to the vegetables with a paintbrush.
- No knives are needed except for to cut the fruit or vegetable in half (an adult should do this part).
- When the printing is complete, students can choose sections of the finished print (using a viewfinder – two L- shaped pieces of paper) and draw the patterns they see.