My girl is on school holidays right now, and she has requested an art project every day. The list we made together looks like this:
- nature sketching
- nature treasure collage
- weaving felt strips
- mixed media collage
- bean collage
- make small accordion books
- draw and color "me"
- fold over/symmetry paintings
- salt painting
My biggest tip is plan on introducing it when the child is ready to focus and learn something new. This readiness will help keep the child engaged during the multi-step process. I also highly recommend starting with printing foam rather than lino or some other cutting medium. Until the child understands the end goal of the project, he or she can get completely lost in (and frustrated by) lino cutting, which isn't easy for young hands. Printing foam allows children to do what they typically do (draw with a pencil or pen) and make a print from that without much more effort.
There are lots of online tutorials (an excellent one for linoleum block printing here), so I won't go too far into the process here. Using printing foam eliminates the drawing transfer and cutting process, but the rest of the steps are essentially the same. You will need:
- printmaking foam
- pencil or ballpoint pen
- printing ink (or child-friendly paint)
- glass (or some smooth surface to roll out your ink)
- paper to be printed upon
- rolling pin or second brayer
- protected surface and smocks can't hurt!
My girl latched onto this process with an enthusiasm that thrilled me! She enjoyed it so much! The idea of a drawing that could be used again and again opened up whole worlds. Even when we were done for the day, she could hardly believe we could keep the designs to use again the next time. And the results are terrible cute.