Over the past few weeks, friends in the Yellow art groups have been continuing to learn about and experiment with different printmaking processes. Children spent two weeks working with Gelli plates, which are durable, gelatin printing plates that allow you to create monoprints over and over again. This is the first year that I have working in the Studio with this material, but am so happy that I was able to take a class on it and introduce it to Pre-K friends!
How does the Gelli plate feel in your hands?
Sylvie: Soft like the ground floor.
Sophie: Like peanut butter and jelly.
Mackenzi: Ooey gooey.
Zoe: Whoa, it feels like jello!
Nneka: Squishy wishy.
Justin: Is it a jellyfish?
Abigail: Don’t squeeze the Gelli plate or it’ll break.
Next, friends began by putting a few small spots of paint on their Gelli plates and then rolled the paint over the plate with a brayer.
The first week that we worked with Gelli plates, children used different types of stencils to make patterns and images to transfer to their paper.
Next, children laid down a sheet of paper and applied pressure with their hands to transfer the paint.
Chrishelle: I remember… what you stamp will be on the paper.
Ryler: You can never make the same thing again.
Sasha: It’s so pretty it’ll make my dad cry!
While friends were learning about this process, Ms.Lewton, the Head of the Art Department, stopped by and children had the opportunity to teach her how to use the Gelli plate.
The following week, friends used finger stamps to create marks and images on their Gelli plate.
Miles: The finger stamps are boinging on the Gelli plate.
Reese: I like how squishy the Gelli plate is. The paper gets stuck to it because it’s sticky.
Zoe: Mine looks like a masterpiece. It looks like the Northern Lights!
This week, children signed their finished prints for their portfolios!