Classroom, organisation and management for printmaking


Printing, like other skills based activities, has its own accompanying vocabulary. Many excellent books on the subject will explain terms at length and provide useful glossaries. One of the most important terms to be clear about is the distinction between the term “print” and “reproduction”. The work that is produced by children engaged in printmaking will be unique and original, no two prints will be exactly alike.

The children may be used to looking at reproductions of artists work and calling these “prints”. Looking at work by established printmakers may help illustrate this point as well as providing a starting point for their own work.

Looking at original prints will also enable the children to continue to explore their understanding of the visual elements. Discussing prints in terms of line, tone, colour, texture, shape, form, pattern or a combination of these will enhance children’s understanding of the work of artists in general.