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Croton Elementary Students Get Creative With Help Of Artist

Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School third-grader Sadie Spagnoli (right) said she liked getting the paint on the leaf and discovering what the final product would look like. Photo Credit: Submitted
Third-grade students at Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School created leaf prints under the direction of local artist Joe Mullins during the week of Oct. 5. Photo Credit: Submitted
Third-grader Julian Ramos said he had fun picking out the colors for his leaf print. Photo Credit: Submitted

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Students at the Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School had the opportunity to work with a local artist this week as Joe Mullins led a series of different lessons.

Under his guidance, students were able to test different colors to create leaf prints. Fourth-graders took part in the annual fish-printing project while third-graders were introduced to nature printing, a centuries-old technique using the surface of natural objects to create a print, school officials said.

“It was pretty fun because even though I draw a lot, I never really used printing that way,” said Joe Rader, a third-grader. “I learned that yellow and black makes green. I also learned that you can paint on something to make a print out of it.”

Mullins, who has been teaching workshops at the district for the past five years, said he wanted to show students that they could easily create art from an everyday object.

“I think it’s important to present something to them in a different way because it helps stimulate their interest in the arts,” he said.

Mullins also conducted a Gyotaku fish-printing workshop for fourth-graders, who had the chance to explore the Japanese art form by creating a mono print of a Hudson River fish. Art teacher Brienne Johannes said the lesson tied into the class’ study of the Hudson River.

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