- Grade Level:
- Kindergarten-Third Grade
- Mathematics, Social Studies
- 45 - 60 minutes
- Group Size:
- Up to 24
- National/State Standards:
- Historical, Cultural and Social Contexts, Creative Expression and Communication
OverviewStamping process to create repeating patterns.
Objective(s)Students will be able to create a repeating pattern using a stamping process.
BackgroundStudents will look at the printing press in the Wright brothers' workshop and discuss how it was used. The instructor will explain the working process, and describe the types of work that the Wright brothers created in the workshop.
MaterialsMaterials for this lesson include clay, pencils, clay-working tools, plastic texture blocks, construction paper, water-based printmaking inks, brayers, trays for printing ink, newspaper.
First, take a small plug of wet clay, about an eighth of a pound, and roll it into a small coil. Press one end of the clay against a table to flatten it. A design can be drawn into this surface with a pencil, or carved with clay-working tools. If plastic or rubber texture plates are available, or items like potato mashers, the bottoms of sneakers, etc, then clay can be pressed against them to create a textured design. Objects like paper clips, washers, and tongue depressors can also be used to create interesting designs in the clay. Designs can be pressed into on or both sides of the clay plug. If students like, they can create two or three different designs to use in a pattern.
When satisfied with the design in the clay, roll out a thin layer of paint or printing ink on a tray. Press the clay into the ink and then press it against the paper. Try to create a pattern by arranging the clay stamps in rows. A single clay stamp can be repeated over and over, or two or three stamps can be alternated back and forth. Set papers aside to dry, and discard clay plugs.
AssessmentThe success of this project can be ascertained through the quality of the artwork. The instructor can also ask a series of questions regarding the objectives of the lesson to determine how well students have comprehended the material.
|Category||Possible Points||Points Earned|
|Time on Task||20|
|Following Assignment Guidelines||20|
|Use of Materials||20|
Park ConnectionsSocial Studies – The group can explore how stamping is used in the Japanese art form known as Gyotaku.
ExtensionsIt might help to have clay plugs rolled out before beginning. The plugs can be stored in a plastic bag to keep them from drying out. Children who have difficulty controlling fine motor skills can still be successful with this project if they are given a variety of textured materials to press clay against. Students with special needs may require extra supervision as they work with the stamping process.
Art From Many Hands, by Jo Miles Schuman
Clay Fun: How to Work with Clay, by Carolyn Davis and Charlene Brown
Polymer Clay: 30 Terrific Projects to Roll, Mold, and Squish, by Irene Semanchuk Dean
Super Simple Clay Projects: Fun and Easy-to-Make Crafts for Kids, by Karen Latchana Kenney
VocabularyMotif – an element used to create a visual pattern.
Pattern - a design in which lines, shapes, and/or colors are repeated in a visual sequence.