Starting points for print

Practical starting points for print making

The curriculum proposes a variety of approaches to print-making. They are:

  • Relief printing, including
    • printing where the print surface is raised by sticking on items, for example string
    • printing where the print surface is raised by cutting around it, for example potato prints
    • relief printing, which is further developed by masking out some of the printed areas and taking another print
    • relief printing made with designs incised in clay slabs, or with textured items pressed into the clay
    • rubbings
  • Monoprinting
  • Stencilling, and, as a development, silk-screen printing

Traditional school activities such as wax transfer, wax-resist and rubbings can be used as parallel techniques to printing and can even be combined with printing for mixed-media effects. Rubbings are a good introductory or parallel activity to printing. They can be taken from a variety of surfaces and can be used to focus attention on texture and pattern.

Some of the work that is produced can be kept for collage work, and some can be further developed by the children by drawing into them with markers or by using them to print on. ‘Pictorial rubbings’ can be made by drawing, cutting out and arranging shapes (abstract or theme-based). These are placed under a sheet of translucent paper and rubbed with the side of a dark crayon. The shapes can be moved around, repeated, overlapped or reversed as the composition grows. The work should be mounted on a backing sheet. Understanding of shape, texture and composition are enhanced by this process.