Jim Dine Inspired Monoprints

    The first graders have been studying printmaking in art class. They learned that a monoprint is a form of printmaking where the images and lines cannot be exactly reproduced. The artist inks up or paints on another surface and prints the image. The first graders used the art room tables for their other surface. CAN YOU BELIEVE THEY WERE ACTUALLY PAINTING ON THE TABLES AHHHHH! Monoprints are known as the most painterly method among the printmaking techniques, a monoprint is often regarded as a non-editionable kind of print and is essentially a printed painting. Before painting on the table and printing, the first graders looked at examples of Jim Dine's artwork. This American artist's subject matter was often hearts, and was perfect to inspire us for our monoprints since Valentine's day was right around the corner. The first graders also reviewed mixing blue and red to make violet and how to make the value of a color lighter by adding white.