Print in the curriculum

First and second class

Strand Unit: Making prints

The child should be enabled to:

  • Experiment with the effects that can be achieved with simple print-making techniques / with oddments that have interesting textures and/or shapes / making rubbings from tree bark, fabrics / using a limited colour range to focus on texture, shape, negative shape, pattern / discovering how simple prints could be further developed by overprinting with contrasting colours and with the same or contrasting shapes
  • Use a variety of print-making techniques to make theme-based or non-representational prints / making a variety of relief prints / composing a relief print block using one or more colours / creating a design for a print by drawing thick and thin lines into a slab of clay / printing with mask-outs / masking areas of an inked surface from which prints have already been taken / making stencils / spray or sponge painting over stencils cut to his/her design / making wax-resist pictures / sponge painting over a wax crayon or candle design / making wax-crayon transfer prints using wax crayons of various colours to print out as a coloured drawing / doing a number of exploded designs using a computer art program.

Strand Unit: Looking and responding

The child should be enabled to:

  • Look at, handle and talk about familiar objects for experience of shape, texture and pattern
  • Look at and talk about his/her work, the work of other children and art prints that have relatively simple shapes, textures and patterns/ describing the print line, shape, colour and tone, texture, pattern and how they combine / how materials and tools were used to create effects / what he/she likes about the print / looking at some prints to investigate printmaking techniques (e.g. comparing the lithograph with his/her own wax-resist technique)
  • Look at examples of print design in everyday use