1. A group of teachers begins to explore the process of line printing. First they use the large line tool and experiment with the basic lines. The challenge is to figure out how to respect each other’s work while combining explorations.
2. When the teacher sees that papers are beginning to look full, she stops the explorers, introduces the smaller, half-size line tool, and suggests using the tool to make connections and to work inside big spaces.
Sequencing to Add Color
3. When prints are dry, oil pastels work well for filling in the small shapes hidden between lines with beautiful colors. Encourage students to repeat each color at least 3 times to unify the composition. Explorers enjoy walking around the table respectfully looking for small spaces to color in with care.
Tempera paint works well for adding color to larger areas. Encourage painters to carefully work all over the mural. Suggest a number, such as adding each color in at least 5 places before switching colors.
Each step in this process offers a chance to appreciate the ideas and work of fellow explorers, and to build classroom community through shared work.