Last Friday, Prints & Plants visited Mr. Coleman's third grade class at El Camino Real. We discussed local produce, how food traveled to New Mexico from Mexico and Guatemala over thousands of years thanks to the power of seeds, made our own recipe books, and tasted a variety of veggies from Northern New Mexico farms.
We began with a discussion about printmaking and food by reading the book Before We Eat: From Farm to Table by Pat Brisson, illustrated by Mary Azarian who created woodblock prints for all of the images. This story traces food back to the people who grow it, tend it, transport it, sell it, and cook it.
After gaining inspiration from the story, we began making our own recipe books! We folded paper to create handmade accordion books, attached colorful covers, and pasted recipes and facts about local produce onto the pages.
The students then used bits and pieces of local produce to print their own designs into these books. Each table had a theme that arose organically due to the freedom of creative process. One table was very experimental with color mixtures, another table created faces with the veggies, and the other table was focused on the repetition of shapes.