Students last year created these Jim Dine inspired heart prints exploring texture and printmaking techniques. We viewed examples of Dine’s well-known heart paintings, studying the many colors and paint techniques he used. We colored a background for our prints using construction paper crayons, though if I taught this lesson again a solid color would help the prints to stand out more. We read A Zeal of Zebras by Woop Studios to get some ideas for the texture to add to our foam hearts. Students then printed their designed hearts onto their backgrounds. For a finishing touch, students used a recycled toilet paper tube bent into a heart shape to print a frame for their heart designs. Printmaking is such a magical process for young students!
My first grade students studied the beautiful heart paintings of Jim Dine. We zoomed in on the paintings to observe how many of his works were created using a painterly style with lots of colors. Students had a blast painting and mixing tints of warm and cool colors on their papers, making sure to let their brushstrokes show. The second day, hearts were cut out and students used the positive and negative parts of each painting to create a large heart collage. They sure brighten the hallways!
Inspired by this exhibit from Artsonia.