4th Grade, Mandalas in the Making

Here is a sneak peak at the marvelous mandalas, our 4th grade artists have been busy created. We are currently in the final stage of the printmaking process. Students are finally seeing their designs come to life in color, shape, and  space.  Students have been busy the past couple weeks creating their mandala designs and tracing them onto styrofoam plates. The process of creating multiple impressions of one image, made the printmaking process so magical and fun.  I have enjoyed watching our 4th grade artists work together to create each of their 4 prints.

printmaking stationOur new printmaking station (my desk) 

The printmaking process 2 The printmaking process

pulling prints 1

The printmaking process

Our relief prints were created by transferring ink from our styrofoam plate to our prepared paper.  Impressions were pressed onto hand painted watercolor paper. Students created their abstract backgrounds using liquid watercolor, in either a warm or cool color scheme. When cut out and assembled,  our 4 ‘limited addition” prints, created one mandala.

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

Finished Mandalas, created by 4We and 4F, on display now!

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