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.