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October 2016

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 23 variables for fifteen seconds and car- ried it on a drip tray before placing the soaked leaves in their books. After students individually wrapped their books in kitchen plas- tic wrap, I steamed the books in a covered stainless steel pot for thirty minutes. The books were stacked on a floor tile sitting on a mesh basket just above the water line, weighted with another tile and bricks. After thirty minutes, I removed the books and allowed them to sit overnight. Days 4 and 5: Recording Results Students unwrapped their books, removed the leaves, and completed any unfinished books. After the books dried, students recorded their results for each leaf print. They compared their four test books before referring back to the two hypotheses and writ- ing their conclusions. 1. Hypothesis 1: Some leaves will print on paper better than other leaves with iron oxide alone. 2. Hypothesis 2: Some mordants improve a leaf's ability to print bet- ter than other mordants. Once the experiment was com- plete, students expanded the project in multiple ways: constructing card- board boxes for their set of books; writing a paragraph describing how they applied science and math to their project; creating eco-prints on paper and cloth based on their most success- ful test results; and experimenting with rust, leaves, and indigo printing on paper and cloth. This project was funded by the Maritz 2014–2015 Arts and Education Fund for Teachers. Elizabeth Adams-Marks is an art teacher at Oakville Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri. Adams-MarksE @ 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 name.html Plants with Ideal Leaves • American Sweet Gum ( Liquidambar styraciflua) • Red Maple ( Acer rubrum) • Staghorn Sumac ( Rhus typhina) • Osage Orange (Maclura pomifera) • Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) • American Plum ( Prunus americana) • Rose Bush ( Rosa Floribunda) • Purple Smoke Bush ( Cotinus coggygria)

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