Sunday, April 22, 2012

2nd grade Earth Day Monoprints

This project was completed some time ago, but it fits in perfectly with the celebration of Earth Day!! I cannot take credit for this awesome idea, it originated from a teacher in Strongsville, Ohio, Madalene Klepach. She led me through the process which was really so clever and very easy! The printing portion can be completed in a matter of minutes, so it's a good idea to have something else for the students to do afterwards.

Day #1: We observed a picture of the Earth and talked about the land and water. Students noticed the cloud coverage as well. The kids were shown how to QUICKLY and THICKLY paint green and blue paint on a Xerox copy of the Earth. A piece of art paper was placed on top after painting was complete and then rubbed. Pull off the art paper and you have a monoprint!! The white areas that are left become the cloud coverage.

Day #2: Students cut out the Earth prints and mounted them onto black paper. The final step was placing all of that on top of white paper and adding slogans around the edge.

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