Benefits of a short, sweet project like fingerprint art...
~ 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!
|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.