Overview of the visual arts curriculum

Making prints

Print-making extends the child’s range of expression. Print-making activities provide additional opportunities for developing awareness of the interrelationships between shapes and colours and the impact they can have, and for experimenting with pattern. They also draw attention to the use of print in everyday objects and help to expand understanding of the image-making processes in evidence in the child’s surroundings.

Through experiences in print-making, children learn to focus attention on and deepen their understanding of graphic processes. They have opportunities to experiment with print-making techniques, to use them inventively, and to produce prints for functional use as well as for their own sake. As they progress they learn to take a more thoughtful approach to shape, edges, layout and composition in print-making and develop sensitivity to the expressive qualities in the work of graphic artists.