November 8, 2018
This rotation, we explored the textile manufacturing industry - specifically, the t-shirt making business. We watched snippets of videos showing silk screen t-shirts being made on a small scale and large scale manufacturing. After we watched parts of these videos, we used potatoes to create stamps to explore differences between making simple designs and complex designs. We brainstormed what steps we might use to establish an algorithm to consistently make the same pattern with more than one color.
Click the link below to access the slides we used in STEM class. It includes information on the **CHANDLER INNOVATION FAIR T-Shirt Contest**.
The CIF T-shirt contest was the inspiration for this rotation's activity! One of the requirements for entries is that the design must be one color. We brainstormed why CIF has this rule in place before we created stamps. After exploring the stamp making process, students had clearer ideas as to why the one color rule exists for this contest.
Many students created stamps which did not work as expected. We embraced this as a "discovery" moment and created beautiful art work. Third graders were very creative and created stories with their art work. (See photos above for two examples.)
For students who would like to practice creating and using stamps, potatoes do make an easy medium to practice with. You can also ask an adult to help you choose another medium appropriate to your skill level. Sponges, foam, rubber, clay and wood are also some things you can choose. You can also try stamping with things you already have - like LEGOS and other toys with interesting patterns. Can your friends guess what you used?
To make stamp ink pads, you can use upholstery foam or dish sponges. Mist each with some water and spread a small amount of tempera paint or other water-based paint.
Be sure to ask an adult first! Stamps can be fun but messy!