Tag Archives: printmaking

Printed Flowers



I did this lesson with my Grade 1 classes.


They used a small piece of Styrofoam printing plate to draw the flowers then cut them out and printed them in different colors.

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Printed Fish



Grade 2 students did a quick water color background and added seaweed and sand.

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Trees with Seasons



The 1/2 Combo teachers told me they were studying the seasons.


The students did a Styrofoam printing plate of a tree. They printed it four times.


Once finished, they used dots to paint the different seasons. Nice lesson that brought together Pop Art-Andy Warhol, Pointillism-Georges Seurat, and classroom curriculum.


Birds in the Style of Brian Wildsmith


I love the art of Brian Wildsmith and thought it would be a great inspiration for a kindergarten lesson.

We used painted paper for the birds. I showed the students how to draw an ice cream cone on the back of the painted paper for the bird body. They then cut wings, heads and beaks from the scraps. They glued the birds onto a background of grass then used found objects to print the flowers.

Egypt Art Lesson



I absolutely love printmaking. So any excuse to get out the brayers and ink is a good day for me. This lesson came from a request of a 6th grade team who wanted something for their Egypt Unit. I found a great “Draw like an Egyptian” lesson from the Boise Art Museum: http://boiseartmuseum.org/education/egyptian.php

The students have often done cartouches with their name in hieroglyphics. We just combined the Egyptian drawings with the print making.

First, the students drew their hieroglyphic name on newsprint. They traced over it with black marker so it would show through the other side.

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Once they had that done, they turned the paper over and traced the hieroglyphics onto a styrofoam printing plate. I set up a printing station at the back of the classroom and students took turns printing their cartouche with gold ink onto black paper.

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Once finished with the cartouche plates, the students began their drawing. We talked about the cube system used by tomb artists so that each drawing was the same. We looked at examples of tomb art so they could see the way in which the gods, people and pharaohs were depicted.  We also talked about the colors that were used and that all things had meaning-even color.

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When they finished their drawings, they cut them out and glued them onto the cartouche pages.


Wayne Thiebaud Images


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Thiebaud is always a fun artist to study with his images of dessert.


For this lesson, students drew into presto-foam to create their dessert image. They used black ink and once dry, cut them out and placed them on a background of their choice.  I love the different colors and images they used for the backgrounds. The flag is a favorite. The student told me it was called “The United States of Dessert”.




Apple Still Life


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This is a great lesson that involves printmaking, shadows and watercolor painting.

Students used bottle lids and tempera paint to create prints that resemble apples. We used yellow, green and red paint.

After the prints were dry, they drew a circle around some of the apples to create a bowl. They added shadows and stems with oil pastel. They then added watercolor for the table, bowl and background.

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