Block Printing in Progress

Fifth grade artists are creating block prints!  With enthusiasm, creativity, joy, and care, our students are designing and transferring images, carving a block, and creating an edition of prints.  Project goals include creating a bold design that incorporates a variety of line widths and directions, learning how to properly roll and apply ink, understanding the elements of a successful print, and practicing a professional artist signature for a limited edition of fine art prints.  Ask your fifth grader to describe their design, and see the photos below for a peek into the artistic process.

 

Artists brainstormed design ideas, then sketched their final ideas on paper.

Sadira

Once the sketch is complete, artists use graphite paper to transfer the image to the block.

Bella

With great care and focus, artists trace over their design with a sharp pencil to transfer the image.

Isadora

Once the image is transferred onto the block, artists go over the lines with Sharpie for clarity.

Anya

This is also a great time to add details or make creative changes to the design, before the carving begins.

Lola

Once artists are satisfied with the image, they can begin carving!

Paige

Artists are encouraged to consider the direction of each line that they carve.

Maddie

Artists exclaimed, “This is so satisfying!” and “I love this!” as they began to carve.

  Levi

Artists also consider both the positive and negative space of their designs, asking themselves, “which parts do I want to be the color of the paper, and which parts do I want to be the color of the ink?”

Georgia

Each line will become part of the final print, but the outcome is still a mystery during the carving process.

 Evelyn

The room was quiet as each artist worked with focus and intention.

Alyssa

Each print will tell a story, capture a moment, or express a passion of its artist.

Jasmine

Next week, artists will begin the inking and printing process!

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