Cut poster board or chip board to size for prints ahead of time. Decide
how big you want the prints (6" x 9" to 9" x 12" (23 x 30.5 cm) -
Denise uses 6" x 9" (15 x 23 cm).
Students can alter the contour before printing. Provide construction paper
for printing that is at least one inch larger all around.
Student create a collagraph relief plate and print
Develop a center of interest with shape
Create a non-objective design with shapes - utilizing principles of design.
Show craftsmanship in printing - pull a quality print free of finger prints or stray ink marks.
Show examples of non-objective and abstract art. Show a variety of
relief prints. Henri Matisse cut paper compositions would be good to show
students. Any alternate theme/subject could be used.
Alter the contour of the plate - change the
border but don't make it too much smaller.
Cut out designs from 9" x 12" (23 x 30.5 cm) tag board. Repeat some
shapes in different sizes (variety and unity). Cut some interesting
shapes to develop a center of interest (spiral or other shapes). Use
Hole Paper Punch to alter shapes if desired.
Arrange shapes onto chip board or poster board plate. Once satisfied
with composition - glue shapes down. Apply glue to back of shapes a
spread to cover the back so shapes will not pop off when inking. Overlap
shapes - and layer more on top. Shapes may extend off the edge of the
Check to make sure all shapes are
glued securely (gently curl plate to see if the shapes pop up - glue
any lose shapes and allow to dry).
Squeeze out a line of ink at the top of the inking plate (sheet of
Plexiglas). Suggest using related colors. Make line with dashes of
three different colors (like yellow - orange - magenta). Add some white ink to insure
colors will show up on dark paper. (Line of ink should be about the
same length as brayer).
Touch brayer into the line of ink an roll out onto the Plexiglas.
Roll ink out evenly (should make a tacky/zippy sound -with a texture
like orange peel). Roll ink only in one direction so colors only slightly
mix (to create the rainbow effect)
Place printing plate onto newspaper and roll ink onto plate. Apply
two uniform coats (roll in one direction)
Move plate over to a clean spot (clean sheet of newspaper or sheet
of Newsprint). Wipe any ink off of fingers with paper towels
Select dark color of construction paper an gently center on plate
(lower paper carefully). Teacher could make a registration grid for
students to use (mark sheet of newsprint with a rectangle the size of
plates - register printing paper with edge of newsprint and lower onto
Place one hand down to hold paper in place) Rub the back side of
paper with the flat side of wooden spoon to transfer ink to paper
a circular motion works well).
Lift paper off plate - sign, title and number print (name on right
hand side, title on left - number edition in center).
Make additional prints. (stay with related colors for best results)
Rubric based on plate design and craftsmanship of print.
Note: Denise displays the printing plates with the
Architecture Collagraph Prints
Submitted by: Brenda Robson, First
Baptist Academy, Dallas, Texas UNIT:Architecture - Cultural studies -
Printmaking Lesson: Architecture Collagraph Prints Grade Level: Upper elementary - through middle school
These prints were fourth place winners in the Texas State Fair 2004
Same as above (suggested size 9" x 12" [23 x 30.5 cm]). X-acto Knives also needed.
Research background information on culture and buildings. Make handouts
of various buildings from selected culture/cultures - one idea packet for