stamps: a present for our future // Installation/collective action // key stage 1
Materials: ink, stryrofoam seets, 3D printed plastic, variable dimensions
Teaching art in primary school classrooms more often than not tends to produce work that is safely tucked away in school displays and exhibitions. While undoubtedly learning through doing, children as a result take away a notion of art making that is confined within the class or school walls, not directly related to other aspects of life.
In our current project we created stamps against racism, hatred, bullying and violence in 5 different languages so far, as part of the Me in Time eTwinning project, starting with creating a graffiti on the walls of our school.
Our school having acquired a 3D printer after winning the European, as well as the National eTwinning award in 2017, is what made this project technically possible.
More signinficantly however, children of diverse learning needs are having the chance not only to acquire skills in 3d printing, but are also encouraged to get actively involved in making art that gets their own messages across walls and out to the world, as empowered and active contributors.
Our project is therefore intended as an act of students's active involvement, where they create and articulate the messages they need to impact on the world, the world of their own future.
Finally, we release our files and make them available to any school/organization/individual with an access to a 3D printer, who wants to spread our message.
If you use our files, you are more than welcome to send us your images from your own installation.
Enjoy stamping! :)
Concept/realization: Dimitris Fotiou, Sculptor - Art teacher
eTwinning project collaborator: Natalia Tzitzi, Teacher of English
Schools involved (so far): 10th Helioupolis Primary School, Helioupolis, Attica, Greece // Szkoła Podstawowa nr 9 im. Władysława Łokietka w Sieradzu, Poland // CEIP MATA LINARES, Spain // Atatürk İlkokulu, Istanbul, Maltepe, Turkey
Text: Maria Tranou, Playwright - Teacher of English
View more images and videos on Flickr
Stamps we have made so far
- ΟΧΙ ΣΤΗ ΒΙΑ
- ΜΗ ΦΟΒΑΣΑΙ, ΜΙΛΑ!
- ΟΛΟΙ ΔΙΑΦΟΡΕΤΙΚΟΙ, ΟΛΟΙ ΙΣΟΙ!
- Η ΑΓΑΠΗ ΔΕΝ ΑΓΟΡΑΖΕΤΑΙ. ΥΙΟΘΕΤΗΣΕ ΕΝΑ ΑΔΕΣΠΟΤΟ ΖΩΑΚΙ
- ΝΑ ΕΙΣΤΕ ΑΝΘΡΩΠΟΙ
- ΟΛΟΙ ΠΟΥΛΙΑ!
- SAY NO TO VIOLENCE
- DON'T BE AFRAID. SPEAK!
- ALL DIFFERENT, ALL EQUAL
- LOVE CANNOT BE BOUGHT. ADOPT A STRAY ANIMAL.
- BE HUMANE
- PRZEMOCY MÓWIMY NIE
- NIE BÓJ SIĘ, MÓW!
- KAŻDY JEST INNY, ALE WSZYSCY JESTEŚMY RÓWNI
- MIŁOŚCI NIE MOŻNA KUPIĆ. ADOPTUJ BEZPAŃSKIE ZWIERZĘ
- BĄDŹ CZŁOWIEKIEM
- DI NO A LA VIOLENCIA
- NO TENGAS MIEDO, ¡HABLA!
- TODOS DIFERENTES TODOS IGUALES
- EL AMOR NO SE PUEDE COMPRAR. ADOPTA UN ANIMAL ABANDONADO
- SE HUMANO
- KONUŞMAKTAN KORKMA!
- BÜTÜN FARKLILIKLARA SAYGILI OL
Real Filament PLA 2.85mm Grey 1kg PLA, 2.85mm
Print the part this way:
Stamp body: turn it upside down, "Inked side" must be facing top.
Assemble them with any object of your like to use as a handle. Then start practicing. We used furniture plastic foot plugs for handles.
No need for supports.
We used an Acrylic Primer & Filler spray (acrylic surfactant and primer for cars) to fill in minor imperfections and gaps between the printlines, in order to solidify the stamp print.
So far, it worked better than any other solution suggested on the internet.
We used regular PLA filament on styrofoam sheets. Perhaps NinjaFlex works better on real walls, you are welcome to leave a comment if you use NinjaFlex and tell us more about your experience.
Overview and Background
10th Helioupolis Primary School is an academic community of students, teachers and governors united in a philosophy dedicated to fostering in all of its students a love of learning, self-discipline, self-knowledge, and true commitment to international understanding.
Adhering to its international philosophy, the school endeavours to develop the individual talents of young people and teach them to relate the experience of the classroom to the realities of the local, national and international community.
Beyond intellectual rigour and high academic standards, strong emphasis is placed on the ideas of international understanding and responsible citizenship, to enable our students to become critical and compassionate thinkers, lifelong learners and informed participants in local and world affairs, tolerant national and global citizens respecting the variety of cultures and attitudes that characterizes our modern world.
Through the inclusion of an international focus in 10th Helioupolis Primary School, we are able to offer to our children a range of experiences that will enhance their learning and raise awareness of their national and international identity. By having an international dimension as part of our ethos, we can provide children and staff with a wider variety of experiences both within, and in addition to the curriculum.
Realizing that global issues are an important part of the lives of our students living in a world of interdependent economies and global communication, governors and staff believe that the global dimension should be reflected in the attitudes and values of our students, the ethos of the school.
Lesson Plan and Activity
- 3D printer
- 3D printer filament (any colour)