Print in the curriculum


Strand Unit: Making prints

The child should be enabled to:

  • Experiment with the effects that can be achieved with simple print-making / with oddments that have interesting textures or shapes, with one or two paint colours to help focus on texture, shape, pattern / beginning to organise the print marks purposefully / discovering how simple prints could be further developed (e.g. overprinting)
  • Use a variety of print-making techniques / making a variety of relief prints from textured items pressed into a slab of clay / from his/her own marks made in the clay / from cut or torn pieces of thin polystyrene / experimenting with ways of repeating and combining examples of one or more prints / printing with mask outs masking an area of an inked surface with pieces of paper cut or torn to own design / using computer experiments in shape and colour to design a print.

Strand Unit: Looking and responding  

The child should be enabled to:

  • Look at, handle and talk about familiar objects for experience of shape, texture, pattern
  • Look at and talk about his/her work, the work of other children and art prints composed of simple shapes and textures / describing the print line, shape, texture, pattern / how he/she enjoyed making them / how the artist possibly made them / what he/she likes best about the print
  • Look at and talk about examples of simple print design in everyday use / posters, wallpaper, fabrics with simple repeat or other design, packaging, wrapping paper