We love doing collaborative projects with our campers. It can create a sense of community and bonding amongst the budding artists during camp which is important to help the kids flourish while they are spending their days with us. During our printmaking week we came up with a great summer project that they could all agree on. Making a collective ice cream cone print.
We used that printing foam that we have used a lot for many different ages. Each child cut out a circle from the printing foam and carved a design in it. The individuality of each child came out in the pattern that they might want on their ice-cream scoop. Some wanted sprinkles so carved a dot pattern or a line pattern. Other kids wanted swirls on their scoops or even a floral pattern.
The kids then chose their flavors. From our collective nominations and votes we ended up with 4 flavors, chocolate, strawberry, lemon and mint. Look at these great ice cream colors.
Each teacher started the prints out by carving and printing a sugar cone on each child's paper. Each child then printed their own ice cream scoop on each paper, stacking the scoops as they went. Some stacked neatly, some overlapped, some were crooked. It's what made each print an original.
When finished we ended up with individual prints with each child's scoop on it but each one in different orders. Not only was the process fun but each print is it's own and delicious.