Printing block preparation: Children will have a small piece of 1mm thick base onto which shapes will be glued. They will cut or tear different shapes of their choice. The base for the printing block should be a bit heavier than the card for the shapes. Manilla card is ideal to cut shapes from. Each student should have at least 2 or 3 shapes.
After the collage/printing blocks are finished, they should be left to dry overnight.
Older children who have collage experience will cut more shapes to add a narrative to their prints.
Preparing for a printmaking activity should be done in a simple way as a printing station.Follow the steps:
- Cover the table with sheets of newspaper for easy cleaning. Provide small containers with wet rags to clean hands and messy equipment.
- Set up 2 or three pairs of foam trays, fish and chips kind of trays, one to roll out the paint and the other to apply paint on the collage/block.
Other ways of making prints with young children
Felt Pen printing: Instead of using paint children will use water soluble felt pens/markers.Use felt pens to draw on a piece of rubbery material or a Gelli Pad*. Wet the paper with a damp clean sponge before printing, place the paper on top of the drawing and rub gently to print.
Leaf Printing: Find nice big flat leaves in the garden. Place leaf on tray and roll paint on it.
Carefully pick up the painted leaf and place it on the table or a clean tray.
Place paper facing down and rub gently.
- 1 piece of A5 size cardboard, this could be pieces of cereal boxes, or straw board for the base of the collage/printing block
- 1 piece of A4 size Manilla card, from old Manilla folders to cut the shapes from.
- Sicssors according to age group
- Coloured chalk or felt pens to draw big shapes on the Manilla card, Glue, ordinary classroom glue
- 2 or 4 foam trays, fish and chips kind of trays
- 2 foam rollers
- 4 pieces of paper to print on per student. Paper can be cartridge paper, copy paper, brown paper, coloured paper or pages of old books or magazines.
- Rags to clean.
- One clothes drying rack with pegs to hang up the prints to dry.
Note: * Gelli Pads are commercially available from school art materials suppliers.
Printmaking video lessons
A simple Printmaking Project to do at home or in the classroom, using leaves to create prints, repetition prints and greeting cards using basic equipment.
Printing on cards is a very creative way to have fun and let children create some really fun projects.
An economical way to do printmaking at home or in the classroom. Discover printmaking and the idea of multiple images using a food tray from your kitchen to create beautiful repetition prints, single prints and greeting cards.
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