Check out our awesome finished building prints. They look great - the colours in the backgrounds are amazing! Most people agreed that their print was better than last time and they are learning the techniques to get it right.
We have finished our second printmaking project which just happened to be for our 2014 calendar art. The subject was hands and we made a cardboard plate this time. This type of print is called a transfer print because the image is transferred from the plate to the paper. Check out some of the finished calendars and the first attempts on newsprint.
After our first go at printmaking using plastic bags, we had a quick discussion about some of things we learnt that will help us for next time.
Think about BEST - what can we do differently to make it better?
How closely do you look at your hands? Well... this week you are going to be observing your hands very closely and noticing all the little patterns, lines and effects. Your hands are going to become the subject of our next printmaking project.
Check out some examples of what we are going to try...
How have these prints been made? Which technique? What was the plate made from?
We have had our first go at printmaking using a plastic bag as the plate. The plate is the part that holds the image to be printed. We looked at artist Alisa Burke's prints first.
We decided there were 2 main parts - the background and the symbol. We brainstormed and researched some possible symbol ideas. Check out some of our drawings:
Then we created the background using bright paints. We created 'marks' on the plastic bag with paint brushes, ear buds, cardboard, straws, cups, ice-block sticks and other tools. Sometimes the paint was scratched out or wiped away to reveal bold and light parts. Then the symbol was printed the same way over the top. The background was fun to create, however the symbol was a bit trickier. It is much harder to 'draw' with a paintbrush then a pencil. Some people were disappointed with their symbol - mainly how unclear it came out.
However, this was the first attempt and we learnt lots about how thick to make the ink and about using the roller (brayer) so we will improve. Think B.E.S.T!
Check out some finished pieces... look out for detail in the background and in the symbol even if you can't quite tell what the symbol is.
In term 4, we are going to learn how to make a range of prints. Printmaking is lots of fun and can be done many different ways. You need lots of time to explore ideas, so we are going to use all of term 4! We will try out many different print making techniques. First... we need to learn some of the art language so we know what we are talking about.