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Poindexter Park Comes to Purple Word

Last Saturday, the Poindexter Park After School Club came to the Purple Word to make their own fractal pop-up books, as well as to learn more about the book- and print-making processes.

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The group first learned about fractals after reading Mysterious Patterns.

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The students finally unfold their fractals.

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Even group leaders Mr. Brad and Ms. Keyana had fun making the fractals!

 

After learning what a fractal is and how to make their own, the group moved to the back room of Purple Word to make their own monotype prints.  Suzanne, a staff member at Millsaps College, taught the kids about reductionist prints — that is, prints in which the design is made by taking away ink rather than adding ink.

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Suzanne helps the students spread their ink — a task that is certainly much harder than it looks.
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Here I am helping a student roll out her ink —  a very big task for small arms!

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Like I mentioned earlier, this form of print-making is a form of reductionism.  The students used Q-tips to remove ink from their plates to be printed on paper.

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The group eagerly watches as Suzanne runs a test print under the roller.

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Keyana, Sarah, Suzanne, and I with the kids after a fun morning.

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