Fingerprint Art is the latest from EAC Video’s Craft Along series, a project of Eastport Arts Center’s KinderArts program. The video workshops, accessible to all via our site and YouTube channel, are geared towards children ages 3 to 8, but fun for all ages to try. Materials kits are provided free of charge by EAC, but supplies from home may easily be used as well if preferred.*
This art project is fun to do because I can give kids ideas of shapes and designs they can make, so then they can use what they learned to make their own paintings,” says Nia Aretakis, our Craft Along instructor. An art student from Pembroke, Aretakis graduated last spring from Washington Academy, and will begin her college studies at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design next year.

Color mixing, finger printing and stamping, and imaginative drawing techniques are all covered in Nia’s latest Craft Along, Fingerprint Art (featuring fresh music from Mark Macey, EAC’s Island Institute Fellow).

Materials kits include paints (in primary colors), paper and a styrofoam ‘thumbprint’ stamp for youngest participants whose fingertips are still very small. Children will also need a table prepared for painting, a pen and pencil, and some paper towels or wipes for cleaning fingers or the stamp between colors.
Those assembling their own kit from home may use any color paints; washable finger paint or tempera are recommended.

Fingerprint art-curious? Check out this brief trailer for the workshop (featuring music by Bill Johnson)!

Those interested in picking up a free materials kit at Eastport Arts Center should email alison@eastportartscenter.org. All Covid-19 precautions will be followed in the preparation of the materials kits. Funding for this series has been provided by Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. Donations will be gratefully accepted as well—either in the coffee can provided at materials pickup or via the EAC’s website. Participants are encouraged to send photos of their projects to Alison.

*If you aren’t local or wish for other reasons to provide your own materials, please do drop us a line, send a picture of what you’ve created, and feel free to write with questions.