SchoolArts Magazine

October 2016

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 21 Elizabeth Adams-Marks M I D D L E S C H O O L LEAF eco-prints F or the past decade, my focus as an artist has been on making handmade paper from plant fiber, and more recently, experi- menting with natural dyeing and eco- printing. As a result, I offered my students the opportunity to create their own art using plant fiber. While my sixth-graders made handmade paper from abaca and plants harvested locally, my seventh- and eighth-graders investigated the process of printing leaves on watercolor paper using mordants and steam. Student Field Notes Printing and dyeing with plants is superb for exploration and experimentation that often leads to serendipitous results. Yet if dyers want to

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