Children in the Sunflower and Fern groups have been studying the figure, while also learning about the process of Gelli printing. I have shared a bit of the figure drawing work, as well as the into to Gelli printing, but I am so excited and proud to share the work that came as a result of combining the two.
To refresh everyone’s memory, every child had a turn (or two) to be models for their peers. When it was their turn, they would stand on the stage (milk crate) and on the count of three, strike a pose. Children were encouraged to think about different ways to make interesting shapes and lines with their bodies. Once we got into the routine of modeling, friends began coming into the Studio week after week asking if they could pose first, or share that they came up with a pose that they hadn’t seen a friend do yet.
Incorporating the Gelli plate into this routine proved easier than I thought. One child would be the model and come to the stage, while the other artists would prepare their Gelli plate at the table. Artists at the tables were invited to use the back of a paintbrush to represent the figure on their Gelli plate. When the timer went off, they could use the finger stamps to add detail to the background.
Carlos: This is something so new!
Andres: I can see Trebor through the paper!
Nayeli: You guys got to show me when you’re done. Whoa, it’s me!
Sophie: That’s a hard pose because he’s on one leg. He looks like a bird. I want to pose like a flamingo, too.
Ryan: It’s hard to balance when I do a karate kick.
Ra’Maya: Remember, just a spot, not a lot, or you wont see the person.
Ayub: Are you ready, artists? Here’s my pose!
Florentina: I had fun posing up there!
Even Ms.Berger came in to give it a try!
Below is just some of the fabulous work… enjoy! Hoping to post about the VERY special visitor that came into model for some classes this week. I’ll save that for tomorrow 🙂