Can’t get much more original than fingerprint art!
This is a wonderful way to incorporate art and technology into your forensics science lesson!
I have completed this project with students as young as 3rd grade and as old as 12th grade. It is VERY simple!
Before beginning this project I teach about fingerprinting history, identification and actual procedure for fingerprinting.
Making Fingerprints Activity
Fingerprint Identification Chart
History of Fingerprinting
Procedure for Fingerprint Art:
1) Have students make a fingerprint using an inkpad and 8.5 x 11 white paper. Have students repeat the fingerprinting process many times on the paper – to ensure at least one clear print is taken.
2) Scan the paper containing the fingerprints – my scanner places the image directly into Picasa, which is the editing program I use. Save the scan as an image.
3) Open the image in a photo-editing program.
4) Crop the image so only one fingerprint in shown. I scanned the above example to only show the best and clearest portion of my fingerprint.
5) This is where the “fun” comes in! Have students play around with saturation, focus, brightness, shadows… and everything else. The result will be a fantastic, original work of art!
6) I printed images up for my students and placed them in a Dollar Store frame. We displayed these during an open house! Made a huge statement and parents loved them!