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For very young students printmaking is a source of fascination and challenge. Opposite to drawing and painting, printmaking is an indirect process. To make a print, something has to be done to one surface; the block, in order to produce an effect on another surface; the paper.Cutting and gluing card to form a block, rolling the ink and transferring the image onto the paper becomes a ‘kind of magic’ that students love. If young students have had enough experience in cutting paper they will be able to produce a card print.
Students draw, cut and glue shapes to create a collaged card block for printing, and become familiar with the concept of producing multiple images.
4 sessions of 1½ hours each. This project can be implemented over a 4 week period.
This project has been designed to suit normal classroom conditions and illustrates how the classroom can be adapted to create working space required.
Discuss with your students themes and ideas suitable for card printing. Explain and demonstrate techniques to make and then print the block.
The first task that the teacher will be confronted with will be establishing an appropriate work area. The printmaking arrangement of the classroom consists of four separate areas:
Preparation area – for constructing the block – cutting and gluing by the students at their desks, arranged in groups of four.
This project has been design to suit normal classroom conditions and illustrates how the classroom can be adapted to create working space required.
Inking area – for inking the block – a table covered with newspaper and set up with four sets of foam trays. Each set of trays is comprised of two trays—one tray into
which the paint is placed to roll up and the second tray into which the block is placed while the paint is rolled onto it.
Printing area – a clean, dry table where the A3 cartridge paper is placed
and printed on with the paint coated
block facing up.
Drying area – an area where clothesline or string can be strung
and the prints hung secured with
clothes pegs for drying.
1. Room arrangement
2. Drawing large shapes onto the card
3. Cutting the drawn shape
4. Gluing the cut out shape
5. Block sitting in tray ready for the paint to be applied
At the completion of the printmaking workshop, students would have learnt to simplify and enlarge shapes and to organise them within a space to create a design for printing.
6. Rolling up the paint ready to apply onto the block
7. Printing set up showing A3 sized paper with area for the block marked
8. A3 paper with centred block facing up
9. Gently rubbing the back of the paper whilst holding it in place with your free hand
The works in the students gallery is an example of the different themes that can be used for creative inspiration. For example nature,
the village, the park and the circus.
All tutorial information is © 2008 Raquel Redmond
10. Pulling the print