The third day was spent learning how to create stencils and blockouts and using a scoop coater, and the kids designed their screens to print on T-shirts. The 4th day was a mad T-shirt printing factory day! And today they added details with fabric pastels and markers (since we only had time for one color printing) as well as some tie dying of some of the T-shirts. The day wrapped up with a fashion show during a final artshare reception for all the classes and parents.I'm pleased with how well the students cooperated and collaborated. They ended up with both a collaborative and an individual set of monoprint/rainbow prints, a collaborative tie dyed and rainbow-printed "Friends" T-shirt, their own design on a t-shirt, and some even had a t-shirt design swap as they liked their classmates designs. They made effective group design decisions and they were helpful to each other in the printing process and cleanup.
Collaboration is something I've tried to encourage in other classes with this age group, but it was never as effective as it was this week... Is it the smaller group? Or is it that the process facilitates collaborative thinking? Maybe both.
Next week I'll be doing "Paper Transformations" with 8-10 year olds!! We're going to have a paper garden fiesta, mostly inspired by Mexican art and culture. I'm having fun.