Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Gelatin Printing with 4-Year Olds

I spent this morning with a class of curious 4-year olds at my synagogue's pre-school. I was invited to come in to do a project and show some of my artwork by the class teacher, Joan. Joan and I have gotten to know each other over years of yoga classes.

I brought in some of my dolls and some printed fabrics (with animal designs) and then led them in a project printing with leaves and gelatin. It was great fun watching them arrange their hydrangea leaves, touching the fabric on the cool, soft jello and the surprise on their faces when they lifted off their pieces of fabric with the detailed designs left by the leaf veins.

All-in-all it was a very satisfying morning.

If you would like to try this project, you can get the particulars starting with the post: Kitchen Surface Design: Making a Gelatin Printing Plate.


  1. Great post Julie - love seeing kids monoprint. Great activity for them. Just wanted to make sure you have seen the Gelli Arts gel plate - perfect option for teachers working with kids... reusable and easy to clean.

    1. Thanks, Nancy. It was a really enjoyable morning with some cute kids.
      I have heard of the Gelli Arts plate...have not tried it yet. I've heard that it is a great substitute(though, I love the feel of the cool, soft gelatin under the cloth..part of the whole experience!) And, I will mention it to the pre-school teacher, Joan.