Madi and Micah taught today’s art club lesson on printmaking and forensic science! The students learned that printmaking is simply the process of making an impression from one surface to another, and that artists initially used this process to make multiples of their art works. There are, however, certain types of artistic prints in which only one print can be pulled and copies cannot be achieved: monoprints and monotypes. Madi and Micah related these types of prints to our finger prints, since each person’s finger prints are unique. We discussed different types of finger prints and how forensic scientists can use finger prints to solve crimes. The students also learned that “mono” means “one” as a way to help them remember the terms and definitions. Finally, the kids got to try their own monotypes! We used zip lock baggies for our printing plates. The students brushed paint on (and in some cases removed it with q-tips to create white spaces) and then repeatedly printed the bags onto their papers. They layered their prints in order to create depth and unique space, textures, and transparent colors. Here is a video of the process, followed by some of the prints from class. As usual, everyone did a great job! We are looking forward to next week and studying some more astronomy!