PAINT DAY for Bell’Arte students. Each student made a monoprint of a Gerber daisy. My acrylic flower painting was laid on the table under an 18X20 sheet of glass. As the young artist painted his rendition of the flower with primary colors of tempera, an original piece of art emerged within minutes. We all cried out “drum roll” and pounded the tabletop as the artist prepared to quickly lay down his plain sheet of paper on top of the still-wet paint and then peel it away. “Hey, it’s like peeling off a tattoo” exclaimed one of the children! Voila! A mirror image “print” of the flower painting appeared on the white paper. And then a ghosted second print, and sometimes even a third “ghost” image could be printed.
March 15, 2009