Encourage young artists to tape pre-cut paper shapes or torn pieces to their background paper. Next, have them roll ink on top of the taped pieces on the paper. After the ink has dried, prompt children to peel the taped paper pieces away to reveal shapes and patterns on their paper. The art can be a finished product or they can continue to repeat this process over and over to create a layered effect using different shapes or ink colors.
What do you notice when you peel the paper pieces away?
What do you notice in the white spaces on your paper? How does layering more than one shape change what’s left when you peel the paper away?
This lesson focuses on the story of the Eleven-Headed Bodhisattva of Compassion and the definition of “compassion.” Students will work with visual images and tools to enhance oral and listening skills, while building upon kindness in peer relationships and with others around them.
Inspired by the whimsical installation, Tableau, created by Hadley Hooper, this printmaking exploration invites children to discover textures and patterns of different tools and materials as they reveal colorful ink prints!