7th graders this term are starting with a monoprinting project! We wanted to do a little bit of cross curricular work this term and we loved the project that 7th graders were doing in their history classes - news maps! With the news map project, students had to choose a place around the world, do some research and find an event or something that is going on in that area. We thought this would be a great jumping off point for their mono print project. So, we asked students to either use the topic they used in their news map from history class OR find a new event. However, we realized some students were having trouble coming up with an event that they felt connected to, so we broadened the choices and allowed students to not only choose current events but also use historical events, or even personal events!
Students then did a few practice projects before starting to mono print - they thought about mood in reference to color and shape as well as action in reference to mark making. We wanted them to start thinking about their event in an abstract way - what colors come to mind when you think about the mood of the event? What shapes come to mind when you think about the location of the event? What types of marks come to mind when you think about the actions happening in this event? Use these ideas to then inspire the abstract representation of the the event.
They began with oil pastels on paper testing out ideas.
Today, 7th graders began monoprinting - they are starting with just some experiments so they can learn the process! Check back to see what they begin with monoprinting soon!