Process: Have students use marker to color designs on the coffee filters. Make sure you have something underneath (scrap paper or place mat) to catch the colors because they bleed through. Lay completely colored filters over cups and secure with rubber bands. I allowed my students to spray their own projects with the starch. They loved to watch the colors bleed together! It takes about 6-8 hours for the macchia to completely dry. It takes about 6-8 hours for the macchia to completely dry. When they were dry, we took them off and arranged them on a piece of 8x8 matboard!You could extend this project in many different ways--
- Make a "ceiling" of Macchia similar to the ceiling at the Bellagio in Las Vegas
- Have students use color schemes on each different coffee filter (complimentary, secondary, primary, tertiary, hot, cool,etc)
- Have students re-tell the macchia-making process or write about it (cause and effect)
*We used our iPads and an app called Fotobabble to re-tell the process of creating the Macchia. These Fotobabbles were displayed with the students' work. More on that later!