Posted by: keepingthemistakes | April 12, 2011

Clay, clay and a little Lichtenstein

No pictures.  How lame is that?  No, don’t tell me.  It might hurt my feelings.  Probably not, but it might.  Ok, I’ll put some pictures in of some printmaking I’m doing with 6th & 7th grade.  They made two printing plates — one with an abstract theme and one with a non-representational theme. 

They had to print each one three times on the same paper.  I like how they’re turning out.  And printmaking is always kind of magical too, isn’t it?

Now, back to this week.  This week has been a lot of clay.  I’m feeling pressure to get the clay done so it can go through two firings and be done by the 2nd grade tea (mammal sculptures) and Mother’s day (texture pendants like these).  Three grades, of five, have completed their clay projects.  So, that’s progress.  It’s messy, but it sure is fun.  Kids love it.  They are so excited by it.  How it looks.  How it feels.  Fun stuff.  Seriously fun stuff!

Second grade started Lichtenstein style self portraits today.  I think they are going to be really fun.  Today we drew the contour line drawings of ourselves with “pop” accessories and word or thought bubbles, which are usually a big no-no.  We used Sharpies to outline and add thick and thin lines.  Next week they will choose either a primary or secondary color scheme and paint them, using some of our new glitter paint and using Benday dots for some of the spaces.   Looking forward to seeing them finished!

And that’s all for now folks.



  1. We decided to move Author’s Tea to May 10, so hopefully you don’t feel so much pressure now! And, I’m so glad you’re doing self-portraits. If you were planning to put them in the halls, can we put our personal poems with them?

  2. Hey there,

    Love your blog. Awesome. Question: how did you make those printing plates that you featured in the April 12, 2011 post?

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