Sunday, January 26, 2014

An Oldie but a Goodie - Fingerprint Art

Ed Emberley's Complete Funprint Drawing Book was the inspiration for a fingerprint project with Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade. 

Benefits of a short, sweet project like fingerprint art...

~ It is a wonderful way to ease back into school after winter or spring break.
~ It is a good change of pace to break up larger art units with smaller 1-2 class period projects.
~ Quick projects give students something to take home. (Our art show is in the spring and therefore we hold most artwork until close to the end of the year.) 
~ Students learn the process and can independently make fingerprint art during free time.
~ Fingerprint art is seriously fun and simple--it gives even the most timid students confidence in the art room and several parents told me their kids kept making fingerprint comics at home!
I downloaded and made copies of printable comic strip templates from for 1st and 2nd graders. I folded Bristol board into accordion books for Kindergarten.

Inking up our fingers

We used a different finger for a new color

Print, wash hands, draw emotions and hair in sharpie

Next class, add details in colored pencil

This set of 8 Jumbo Washable Stamp Pads are my favorite large, stamp pads to use. They are expensive to get a set but they have lasted for about 15 stamping projects and most colors are still going strong. I like them because the lids flip open and closed and I don't have to worry about losing or misplacing a lid. For about half the price you can get a set of 10 Jumbo Washable Circular Ink Pads which work well at first but dry out faster, in my experience, and the separate lids are a nuisance to manage. If you're a parent or caregiver I would recommend the smaller version of the Jumbos such as this Primary Color Stamp Pad. Also check out my Pinterest board Teaching Printmaking to see how I become inspired by borrowing and adapting.