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February 2017

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAAZINE.COM 43 A s a high-school art teacher and art education doctoral student, my teaching and research explores the artistic and creative development of students through mixed-media art. T his mixed-media printmaking unit serves as a catalyst for students' creative and artistic growth by explor- ing the application of art knowledge through a personal artistic process. Students will create beautiful print- making portfolios, transforming linocut relief prints into mixed-media works of art. Preparing to Print Linocut relief printing consists of carved linoleum that is inked and printed onto a surface. Students began by sketching images from personal photos or researched images. One student used a photo he took of two of his friends for the subject of his print. S ome students chose to work small, while others expanded their detail as large as 9 x 12" (23 x 30 cm). They carved images into their linoleum and then test-printed their carded books, cardboard, and sheets of colored paper. They also made decisions concerning the composition of the works. Some chose to print the linocut only once, while others created patterns by printing multiple times on their substrate. Students worked back into their prints with paint to extend the prints and add details. They used materials such as colored pencils, ink, pastels, and markers to add designs and details into the printed image and background. Deconstruction of the printed image was explored by stu- dents as they cut parts of their print and created a new composition. Some students sewed into the image with thread, wire, raffia, or yarn. Amy Workman This mixed-media printmaking unit serves as a catal st for students' creative and artistic growth. linocuts. When the linocuts were finished, I asked students to develop a printmaking portfolio consisting of five different mixed-media prints. Students were encouraged to develop their works in layers through design- ing the surface for the print, printing the linocut, and altering the printed image with different art materials. Creating Substrates A substrate can consist of any surface to use as the base of a work of art. To develop substrates, students searched the classroom for possible materials. Some students created substrates by gluing book pages onto paper or card- board, painting layers of watercolor onto a piece of paper, adding paint to shaving cream to create marbleized paper, or cutting and gluing strips of paper onto a surface. A couple of stu- dents even poured coffee onto sheets of paper. The Printmaking Process While some students used substrates, others chose to print their linocuts on a ready-made surface, including dis- CONTINUED ON PAGE 55. Dori Moates, eleventh grade, Release, mixed-media print, 2014. Bri Bagby, tenth grade, Charged, mixed-media print, 2014.

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