Magazine article Arts & Activities

Printmaking & Image Transfer

Magazine article Arts & Activities

Printmaking & Image Transfer

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"Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed."--William Blake

Now is a great time to take a few minutes and breathe, relax and reflect back on what you have done so far this year. November brings to us Thanksgiving, Native American Heritage Month, and a few days to rest and rejuvenate. This month, we will focus on printmaking, photography and image transfers.

tip#1

BRIDGING ART AND LITERACY Have your class agree on a book and find a used copy (you can usually get one online). Have each student create a print using the theme of the book (could be a linoleum print, polystyrene foam, silk screen). Make the print the same size as the area of print--the border on the page will be the border of the print.

tip#2

NO NEED TO TOSS OLD PAPERS Try printing on maps, book pages, newspaper, telephone books (if you can find any), old wallpaper samples, wrapping paper, or comic strips. The more untraditional paper you use, the more interesting your print will be.

I have also had my students make marbleized paper by using bright colored chalk dust sprinkled into large water vats. Place the paper on the top of the water and the chalk design will transfer to the paper. I've done it on all different colors of paper. My most successful prints on marbleized paper have been Gyotaku prints done with black ink or paint.

tip#3

ENGRAVING--EVEN FOR ELEMENTARY One of the best printmaking projects I've done with my students (elementary and middle school) was an engraving project. I used engraving tools, old CDs, etching ink, and a small printing press. The students traced the CD several times in their sketchbook so that their sketches would be the correct size.

Once they had their perfect sketch (usually a themed project) they traced it on to their CD with either oil pastels or just copied with a Sharpie marker. They then engraved it with the tools, inked it and ran it through the press. …

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