Printmaking Methods (continuation)


Lesson Plan:

Students will continue to explore various printmaking methods. During this class students will learn how to make collagraphs and made monotypes. Students will receive a short demo on how to “ink” their collograph plate and how the printing press works. Students will review this process next class as well. Students will design plexi glass plates with markers and will use damp paper to imprint their design. After seeing a printed collagraph students will us various objects to create plates with various textures. Papermaking will still be available for students that were not able to make two pieces of paper for their books.

Key Concepts: Texture, Color, Layering, Pattern

Essential Understandings:

  1. Various methods can be used to make prints.
  2. Texture and color can be used to create artistic compositions.


Explore Printings methods for Planning Portfolio : students will learn new printing methods and plan pages for a final portfolio book. Colorado Visual Arts Standard Fifth Grade 3.3 Invent and Discover to Create


Skills: The skills taught in this lesson include creating mono-prints as well as creating patters for collagraphs.  They learned how to transfer designs from plexiglass (which is a different medium for mixing or creating a sense of texture) onto dampened paper to make a permanent design.  Students also learned how to create patterns for collagraphs by essentially combining different textured materials on a piece of paper that will go through a press with paint and paper to make a textured design.  These different strategies and skills in printmaking will help them grow as artists with emergent understanding.  Nick worked on developing stronger skills in color theory on his mono-prints by mixing different colors together and aligning them to compare and contrast. This will help Nick in other content areas that require comparisons as well as help him make make more assumptions while in the process of discovering.


Summary: In Wednesday’s learning experience, Students came to class eager to further develop their books which will contain all of their work from class.  In this lesson, we demonstrated how to both create a mono-print, as well as how to create the textured paper for a collagraph (which many students have claimed to be very excited about for next class.”  After we demonstrated everything we would be working on in class, the students quickly got to work on their pieces.  Some students like Nick were quick to begin the art-making process and see where it took them, while others like Heidi or Tyler spent a few minutes thinking about what it was they wanted to make that day.  Tyler has explained to us how much he enjoys creating characters, and the mono-printing was a fun and new way for him to create them.  He learned early on that in order to make a clear mono-print, you have to use a lot more marker ink and pressure when applying it to the paper.  He went on to develop his character by layering mono-prints on top of one another to create a fuller, more textured effect.  This was a great moment of discovery for him. Nick used the mono-printing station to further his understanding of color theory, while Kelsey used it as a new way to create her favorite pattern that has appeared in multiple pieces of her work.  The students worked with great excitement and expressed many moments of discovery.  The students were very quick to understand how to create mono-prints and how to build up textures for their collagraphs (which they will create next class) and were able to learn the skills quickly as well as use them as a source of many discoveries.  The students had a great time with these techniques!


Kelsey continued her use of patterns in her art. She carefully filled the plexiglass with various lines and forms.  She told us that her “favorite color was black”, and that she “loves making this design with that color.”  We have noticed that Kelsey has worked to build on this same pattern in each class.  She was excited to continue on with her experimentation with this design in a new way that could create a new sense of texture along with it.  
With monotypes you can usually only get one print, but Jared decided to print the excess color and was able to get two prints from one plate.  This image shows how Jared took the basic skill of mono-printing and discovered how it can be used to create patterns or texture with different amounts of color and water.  Jared was very surprised when his second mono-print appeared more like a watercolor piece rather than a piece made with washable marker.
Tyler enjoyed being able to use his drawing skills to make prints of his different characters. In this picture you can see his progression on how many layers to add to make the print come out clearer.  Tyler has created many different characters in his own personal time and documented them in a binder that he was kind enough to show us.  This image shows us how he took his designs and learned how to create them in a new way.

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Most people in class used these new printmaking methods to further their designs from past classes. Nick transferred his color theory knowledge and used it to make monotypes. He was very excited to mix the blue and orange colors together, because “They are Broncos colors, and Broncos are [his] favorite team”.  As he began mixing, he said, “Blue and orange should make a red-gray when mixed together.”   We have noticed throughout the classes that Nick has been focussed primarily on color theory, and he has been very happy with each lesson that allows him to discover new colors in different formats.  He guesses beforehand what new color might be created when colors are mixed, and he is always very excited to see the outcome.  This continuation of discovery with colors will help him develop stronger skills in both creating colors, and better-documenting real life objects with accurate colors.  Last class, Nick focused primarily on creating earth tones like sepia, while in this past class, he worked to find different types of grays.  
Heidi really enjoyed making collographs, she precisely made a “fashion” design. She called it “Fashion Girl”

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