Middle School Studio Lesson
Printing, stamping, and rubbings are enjoyed by all ages.
The image-making capabilities of this media are endless
and very spontaneous. In printmaking, images can be repeated, overlapped, inked in various colors, cut
up, reassembled, and manipulated.
Students find these methods to be
engaging and serendipitous.
The first thing I do is have my
students meditate on a shape that
intrigues them. Shapes can include
hearts, animals, numbers, or any
object with a distinctive shape. I
often show them the work of print-maker/sculptor John Buck, and point
out how he uses a central compositional form.
The students draw their chosen
shape on an 18 x 24" ( 46 x 61 cm)
piece of newsprint and cut it out.
(The shape is drawn fairly large,
almost to the edges.) This shape is
then taped in the center of a larger
sheet of black paper. I normally