GOAL: To learn about reduction printmaking techniques, and understand the Triadic colour scheme.
STEP 1- REVIEW COLOUR THEORY
Review and teach the colour wheel to each other. Support the new learning with a quick colour quiz, just to be sure we really did learn and review the correct terminology.
STEP 2 – What is printmaking? INQUIRY
PLAY with polystyrene, lino and inks to discover how it works before the teacher demonstration. As a teacher, it was incredibly difficult not to correct the students at this point, but they needed to learn from their mistakes and I had to let them make these mistakes no matter how messy my room got!
STEP 3 – What are the 4 main types of printmaking? INQUIRY
RESEARCH 4 different printmaking techniques, and compare them. Collect 4-6 favourite Lino printing samples, then locate an awesome video for each technique. We used Todaysmeet to document our videos so that we could share them with each other to make the process a little quicker. We used Thinglink to connect the videos to the collages (our collages were made in ComicBook or Pic Collage).
All the final collages and videos were loaded onto a class Padlet
HINT: When viewing the board click on any collage and it will open up, where there is a “tag” (dot) hover the mouse there and you’ll see the videos embedded onto the collage.
SAMPLE OF A COLLAGE ON THINGLINK
STEP 4 – What is a hero? BRAINSTORM
The students documented their preconceived ideas by creating their own digital/ drawn hero posters. They had to write the characteristics and definition of a hero.
As the students sat in a circle we looked at their posters and discussed: what/who is a hero? What traits do they have? Who is considered a hero in Korea, Japan, Australia, America, Africa other? How do heroes differ?
Considering: Fantasy vs real life, they then created a Coggle brainstorm. You can see how their ideas were truly expanding.
We then played this song and read the explanation. Now, they were ready to add unsung heroes to their Coggle. Some research was required for this.
STEP 4 – Choose one hero to print- DESIGN
Once a final decision was made the students traced a photo of their hero, then they stylized their design by turning it into shapes rather than lines. Two triadic colour schemes were chosen and applied to their designs. The students found the balance of three colours a little challenging, especially when they had to consider their background. However, once they started carving and printing it became so much easier.
STEP 5 – Print the Background Colours
The students were still a little confused at this point so I had them print 5 of the lightest colours of each triad and some experimental colours. Since this process can’t go backwards it is better to print more than you need.
STEP 5 – Trace and Carve the Design onto Lino/Softcut
Once the design was traced onto the Lino the students carved only the lightest sections which for most were the yellow parts. Then the fun began, it was time to print!
Not all prints were red, yellow and blue so that added to the gorgeous variety. Some even tried colour blends. Now it was time to carve out the second lightest colour. Each print was printed on top of the previous one, when it was dry.
STEP 6 – Carve the second lightest colour and PRINT
Now, it was time to ink the last colour which was for most blue. However, many students chose other colour schemes too. The best part of this process is learning about HAPPY ACCIDENTS. I love that there is NO wrong in this process because those mistakes often look incredible. Here are some fabulous examples of happy accidents:
The common accidents were printing upside down and alignment issues.
STEP 7 – FRAME and SUBMIT
The students were required to submit four final framed prints two triads and two free choice prints. They could choose their finals from any of the stages of printing. The last step was to write an artist’s statement which is now printed and ready to hang with their work.
As you can see this was a HUGE unit which had many of my students printing right to the end of break. Now, that we are on holidays I can sit back and reflect on the amazing work they did. It is quite phenominal the growth I saw in such a short space of time. I loved that so many students mentioned the HAPPY ACCIDENTS in their statements.
My favourite student statement was:
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE WHO WAS ABOUT TO CREATE A 3 CUT REPRODUCTION PRINT?
Just try follow along, because Mrs. Jardin is very confusing, but in the end it turned out fine because she is awesome, and also make sure to stay on task, because time will be very limited. Try to fold the edges of the paper and line it up with the lino for a smoother print and no slipping prints. -Russell