Monday, July 13, 2015

3rd Grade Collagraph Quote Prints

This is another one of my absolute favorite projects. I'm finding that I really enjoy lessons that are different from the usual painting/drawing norm. I work really hard to make sure I have a ceramic lesson as well as a printmaking lesson for each grade level every single year. 

This lesson was one of the last printmaking lessons I added into my curriculum. I was inspired by a middle school project over at The Calvert Canvas Blog and I adapted that idea to my 3rd grade students with a few minor changes. 


The boards are ready to go!
Each student chooses a favorite quote- either from a list I have or they may use one they already know. They then do several sketches and a peer review while they work out different ways of designing their text. After the final design is decided, students draw their quote on a piece of thin foam. They cut out their letters, then glue them backwards (with the help of a mirror) to a piece of chip board. They then use ink and brayers in order to print on a piece of construction paper. I always have my students make several prints in order to make sure they get at least one really nice finished print. 

Click here to download my lesson plan!










4 comments:

Mary said...

Very cool! Silly question, what did your students use to cut out letters. Interior of the letters took some patience. These look Great!

Beth Moore said...

Beautiful results! I did a similar project at a camp a few weeks ago with cardboard, but foam seems to work better. Also, great idea to have mirrors handy. :)

Beth Moore
Art-from-chaos.blogspot.com

jes said...

This is a great project! Can you tell me what chipboard you use? I am having a hard time finding some that seems affordable.

Zach Stoller said...

Mary- I used an x-acto to do interiors of letters. I just went from table to table. It wasn't too bad.

Jes- I use whatever the thinnest chip board from Blick is. It comes in a 40"x30" sheet. I know it's super cheap. I'm talking less than a dollar per sheet if I'm remembering correctly.