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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Collagraph Printmaking

Created on May 19, 2015 by KatieMorris

Students use found materials with different textures to create a matrix for collagraph printmaking.

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2 sessions; 40 minutes per session

1. SWBAT understand the printmaking process.
2. SWBAT cut simple shapes from different materials.
3. SWBAT make artistic decisions considering subject matter and composition.
4. SWBAT show variety by using at least 3 different textures in their collagraph plates.
5. SWBAT use a brayer to ink their plates and pull a print on paper.

1. Backing material- matboard, cardboard, etc.
2. Scissors
3. Bottled glue
4. Printing paper (50# drawing paper, copy paper work well)
5. Block printing ink
6. Brayers
7. Tray for ink
The rest are suggestions, feel free to substitute your own materials.
8. Yarn
9. Paper scraps
10. Die-cut negatives
11. Paperboard saved from cereal/snack/etc. boxes
12. Burlap
13. Bubble wrap
14. Corrugated materials (old bulletin board borders or backgrounds work well)
15. Any other relatively flat and glue-able materials that have texture or can be cut into shapes

Need these materials? Visit Blick!

1. Introduction
-Explain that printmaking involves making an image on a plate/matrix and printing that image on another surface
-Images print in reverse
-Collagraph is a type or printmaking that uses different textures
-Instead of drawing a picture, students will cut and glue shapes and "lines"
2. Demonstrate cutting and gluing materials
-This is not a time to skimp on the glue
-Yarn can be glued by drawing the design with glue onto the board and then tapping the yarn in place
3. Students create their picture/composition on the board using at least 3 different textures
4. (2nd class/when boards are dry) Demonstrate printing
-Load brayer with ink
-Roll ink over entire surface of plate
-Roll in different directions to cover as much of the plate as possible
-Some areas may not be reached by ink depending on placement of shapes, thickness of materials, etc.
-Hover paper over the top of the plate, centering it as much as possible
-Lower paper onto plate and use flat hands to rub the surface (you will start to see the image show through the paper)
-Carefully peel the paper off to "pull" the print
-Set print aside and print one more copy
-Write name in bottom margin of print (also title and edition if you want to be proper and have time)
5. Students ink their plates and pull 2 prints

1. Printmaking Techniques: Collagraph by
2. What is a Print?

-If you have time, you can seal the surface before printing.
-Bubble wrap looks really cool but some peeled off the plates so we had to be careful printing. A different glue besides Elmer's might work better.
-I don't have enough brayers for each student so I put one tray (cookie sheet) of ink and one brayer in the middle of each table. Students at each table took turns printing and helped remind each other of the steps.
-I like to do one print on 50# drawing paper and one on colored paper. You can use construction paper but I used brightly colored copy paper for the 2nd print. I keep the best print at school and the 2nd best goes home when dry.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories
[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner
[K-4] Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes
[K-4] Students describe how different materials, techniques, and processes cause different responses
[5-8] Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[K-4] Students select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning
[5-8] Students use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks

Rhythm/Pattern, Shape, Texture, Variety