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I hope you enjoy looking at the wonderful artwork from Duchesne Academy Lower School. Lower School consists of girls, grades pre-k through fourth. Unfortunately I have not kept record of all the successful projects, but here is a good sampling. Check out the artwork by grade level, but realize that each activity can be used for multi-grades. Click on an image to see a larger view.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Imaginative Insects

Fourth graders were intrigued by insects this year. I gave them the challenge of "inventing" their own with this printmaking project. I checked out many books on insects and we talked about different shapes we saw. They needed to figure out how to make the insects seem believable so no stick legs here! The girls thought about joints in legs, antennae shapes, body segments and eyes. Would the insects fly? Would they be good climbers? Would they have stingers to protect themselves?

We used foam printing plates to make the prints. First they drew their insects in their sketchbooks, them transferred them to the foam plates by tracing over their drawings over the foam. They were so excited to make their own colorful paper using color diffusion paper, liquid water colors and pipettes. After their papers had dried, we used silver ink to print the foam plates. What interesting and beautiful results they achieved!


  1. Very cool! I love the background papers!

  2. thanks! The girls used liquid watercolor on special color diffusion paper. They loved doing it.