Last week I taught a Professional Development printmaking workshop, Beyond the Matrix: The Print Process Across Cultures to a small group of Kindergarten- 5th grade art teachers. Being a teacher is a rigorous and challenging profession. It’s a mix of time and classroom management, implementing Common Core Standards, testing; all with a sprinkling of content mixed in. And, for many art teachers at the elementary level, they have to become proficient at art on the cart, meaning that they do not have a dedicated art room. With each new class period, they visit the classroom with all the necessary materials and supplies loaded up on a rolling cart.
As a Professional Teaching Artist, who teaches and integrates my practice as a visual artist into a wide range of settings, including the classroom, I love working with art teachers, finding most to be creative, innovative, and passionate.
Beyond the Matrix: The Print Process Across Cultures is a workshop that looks at stylized images and symbols as a method of communication, identification and decoration. Printmaking with its capacity to use a matrix; be it a stamp, a plate, a stencil or screen to create multiples lends itself to design, language arts, history and the studies of both ancient and contemporary culture. The materials are process are simple; adhesive backed foam (found at craft stores) cut and applied to a cardboard square to create the stamp, water based markers to apply color, and paper to print on. And as we rediscovered last week, the results and possibilities are boundless.
For the handout and worksheet click here.