I had not done a printmaking project with the 2nd graders yet this year, so when I was looking at the Lab Partners website as research for a possible 5th grade project, I found the perfect candidate.
Colors are Magical". I thought the combo of white lines and black lines, plus the combo of curved and angular was fantastic. When I shared the image with the kids they felt the same way. When I revealed the image to each class I got a big, "awwwwww..."
We talked about the types of shapes we saw in the image and what the background shape reminded them of- diamonds, gems, and crystals. We also talked about how the body position of the girl makes it look like she was ready to fly and how her expression totally went with the title of the piece.
Students drew out a boy or girl in pencil first. They added the hair last, after I modeled different hairstyles they might choose. Then they traced the figure in black permanent marker.
Then the students worked on the styrofoam plate portion of the project. They shaped, colored and colored it, and then we worked together to stamp it on top of the figure drawing.
Check out the results below. It think they are pretty darn magical.