Lesson Plan Submitted by: Teri Schlotman
Elementary art teacher at Villa Madonna Academy, Kentucky Grades: Adaptable to all grades!
Buy the largest foam plates that you can (9 3/4) from the grocery store. Cut off the rims, leaving a nice flat round area. Have the children use a "dull" pencil to etch in a design of their choice. Tell them to press hard without going through the plate.
To keep costs down, for this next step, use tempera paint and a cheap foam brush. OR, if you have the funds, you can use a brayer and ink. I use the first one though and it works great!!!
Just simply brush on a color, being sure to cover the entire printing area. Now lay a clean sheet of paper over the top of it, rub gently with finger tips, peel off paper from plate and TA DAH! You have a wonderful print. Using tempera has another advantage. I have the kids go to the sink, and with a foam brush that's laying back there, I have them wash off the color and dry it with a paper towel. Now they can come back and make another print with another color.
If you want the etching to have white lines, students will paint on the etched side of the plate. If you want the etched lines to be colored, paint on the raised portion of the plate.
Alternate: Using the foam brush to brush on the color allows them an easy way to brush on several colors at once!
Alternate: Use Styrofoam meat trays. Have students save and bring in (washed). Some stores may donate meat trays.
Students can make Collagraph prints from Nature on their plates. [See this lesson] Leaves and other items from nature are glued to the plate and then coated with acrylic gel medium to waterproof the items. Water-based Block Printing Inks (or temperas) is then applied to the plate surface by painting it on with a brush, dabbing it into recesses with sponge foam brush or small bundles of material. The plate is then placed on the paper for printing.
Printmaking for Beginners - This is a basic guide to printmaking techniques covering topics such as monoprint, relief, intaglio, screen and lithographic printmaking, explaining the processes involved and recommending the tools, paper types and sequences that are necessary for each, as well as highlighting safe and sensible working practices. The author uses the work of an international group of artists to show the diverse effects which are possible with the various printmaking techniques.