Today in the Studio, art groups experimented with sun prints as a photographic process. We began by observing a sun print and taking guesses about how it was made and what types of objects were used.
Jude: My moms belly.
Alexia: A jellyfish and a bear.
Michael: Did I see an eyeball?
Gabby: Let me look closely… a stone, a car and a game.
Darian: Is it a shark?
Next, friends shared materials that they brought from home. Children enjoyed sharing where their materials came from, as well as sharing them with their friends.
Wallace: My mom cut out some of her clothes. And ribbon and some cardboard with stuff on it.
AJ: Lots of leaves that are dry, some snowflakes that stick, paper with holes and a tree.
After friends selected the materials they wanted to use for their sun prints, they assembled them on light sensitive paper. Some groups worked on this outside, while others lucked out because there was a lot of sun flooding into the Studio. As friends waited for the sun to do it’s job, children worked in the sketchbooks.
Sarah: The sun has to work hard to do them.
Quentin: Look, the paper’s turning colors!
Alexia: Sun prints are mysterious.
Owen: When you pick the objects up, the shapes on the paper.
Darian: Sun… please shine down on me!
Maceo: Mine looks like a snowman.
Once the paper turned from dark to light blue, friends rinsed the paper in bins filled with water. Children were ecstatic when they took their sun prints out of the water and loved sharing prints with their friends!
Chris: The water makes it bright.
Jasper: You put stuff on paper and you put it in the sun and the objects dry into the paper.
Elias: They match what’s on the sun print!