Sunday, April 14, 2013

4th Grade Linocut Print Cards

Linocut print by Bradley W.

Fourth graders are learning more about printmaking, this time using easy-to-cut linoleum blocks to create printed Mother's Day cards. (I have to start this project a bit early in order for all my fourth graders to complete it in time for the holiday!)  We watch a fascinating short video about how playing cards were printed during the Renaissance using woodblock prints.  Then, after drawing their designs, students use linocut tools to carve their designs into 3x4 inch linoleum blocks.  The blocks are inked with a brayer, and students make 2 or 3 practice prints before finally printing their actual card onto cardstoock.

Linocut print by Terri L.

Linocut print by Nicol A.

Linocut print by Sienna K.


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