Classroom, organisation and management for printmaking


One of the keys to achieving successful prints with children is carefully considered classroom organisation and management. Ideally, the inking and the printing stages should be done in separate areas, to maximise the opportunity for clean prints. A “washing line” should be fixed to receive the wet prints while they dry. Clothes pegs are ideal for holding pairs of prints back to back. Piles of pre cut newspaper next to the inking trays means that each child has a clean space to put their block before it is inked.

Children soon get into the habit of putting their used sheet in the bin and leaving the area ready for the next child. Helping the children to establish a system that ideally would be utilised throughout the school will enable them to become more independent. This, in turn, will allow them to make informed choices that demonstrate their understanding of the processes involved.