SchoolArts Magazine

MAR 2019

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 37 would be on display at school. A week before the exhibition, one of the owners of Pizza Brain, who would be hosting our show, came to visit. Students had the opportunity to work with real pizza dough and the quality ingredients that are used in their pizzas. At the end of that class period, everybody got to try Pizza Brain pizza—the real deal! Pizza Art Show On the day of our pizza art show, we celebrated in two ways. Students did a gallery walk through the hallway at school, where we visually enjoyed the slices that were hung there. Stu- dents who had work displayed at Pizza Brain received an invitation to the art opening and enjoyed pizza and ice cream with classmates and their families. It felt like a month-long pizza party at school! I found that pizza themes snuck into lots of other artwork that month: our clay table became a dough factory, students painted pepperoni on their paintings at the easels, and our second drawing and collage center churned out more paper pizza than you can imagine. Making pizza in art class was a fun way to celebrate everybody's favorite food. Sue Liedke is a teacher at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, Pennsylva- nia. susan.liedke @ N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context. W E B L I N K thick layer of decoupage glue to seal their plates in preparation for print- ing. When the plates were completely dry, we were ready to print. I intended for students to use brayers and block print ink, but because the printing plates were large, we found it difficult to spread the ink on the entire surface before it began to dry. Instead, we used sponge rollers with tempera and BioColor paints, which worked great and were much easier to clean. Human Printing Presses Instead of using a press, we used our tried-and-true pre-K method of jump- ing up and down to make each print. Working on the floor, we arranged the paper, printing plate (facedown on the paper), blotting paper, and finally, a clear plastic board on top. Students used their "strongest elephant feet" to make their print, stomping and jump- ing on the clear plastic board. I loved seeing students' faces when we took apart the stack of materials and they were able to pull the first print. It was definitely an aha moment for some of these chil - dren when they first realized exactly what we were making. Each plate was printed twice, once for each of the makers. Embellishment with Toppings After the pizza slices were printed, students embellished their pieces using gel crayons. As in most steps of this project, there were no rules aside from "Use your imagination!" Pizza slices were decorated with pre- tend toppings, faces, landscapes, and abstract geometric designs. Although student pairs who had been working together started with very similar prints, no two ended up the same. In our choice-based studio, I had about six to eight students working on this project each day. With daily art classes, we spent a week complet- ing each of the four phases (preparing the plates, sealing, printing, and deco- rating). As our art show approached, students completed their artwork and voted on which pieces should be on display at the pizza shop and which Instead of using a press, we used our tried-and-true pre-K method of jumping up and down to make each print.

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