Currently sitting in jury duty, and it seems like the perfect opportunity to blog about another canvas bag design process as we gear up for Friday’s Market!
There was so much enthusiasm around printmaking from the Sunflower and Fern groups after learning the processes during our figure drawing study that it seemed like a no brainer to incorporate these skills into our Expedition! Friends began by observing details of fruits and vegetables under a magnifying screen or with magnifying glasses. As friends observed the produce, they sketched what they saw onto pieces of styrofoam, creating their own stamps!
Zoe: Whoa, these strawberries are huge! Look at all the seeds.
Luke: Look at those big things. The magnifying screen makes the beet look ginormous!
Briana: It makes them look so big!
Elijah: The parsnip looks like the carrots cousin. One is taller but they smell the same.
Mae: The strawberry is a “V” shape. Let me check if there’s anything I missed. I’m looking closely at the leaves.
Nayeli: Do beets have dots or just lines?
William: People are going to flip out… the drawings are so good!
Elijah: The carrot looks like my brother with a fade on his head!
Mae: The pepper has little lumps on it and some little dots. My stamp looks like a pepper party.
After two weeks of creating styrofoam stamps, it was finally time to print on our canvas bags! Each child chose which of their stamps they wanted to use, the color of fabric ink that accompanied them and the layout of the bag. Friends are so excited to shop with their bags at our Market, as well as outside of school with their families!
Trebor: My tomato is on my bag!
Miguel: You have to push hard so it goes on and is bright.
Zeina: I want to make mine a pattern.
Sarah: This is my bag. I can buy the focus spray and the seed balls and put it in my bag. It’s gonna be mine and I’m gonna keep it forever and ever. My own bag!
Reese: This is going to be my perfect bag.
Marquis: The carrots look cool on here.
Ryan: My bag… oh yeah!
Carlos: I’m making my strawberry green so it’s not ready to eat yet.
Mae: This stamped the best because I pushed down hard and it made the brightest red. It worked!
Nneka: It feels like I’m ironing.
Carlos: I can already see the red pushing out when I roll on my stamp.
Zavier: We’re doing like teamwork to make the bags!
Rayyan: The fabric ink makes a scratchy sound when you roll in it.
Ayub: Ink looks like toothpaste.
Here is a small sampling of bag designs… Enjoy! See you at the Market from 2-3:30 on Friday!