Printmaking in the Primary National Curriculum
The following AccessArt resources are designed to introduce pupils to various aspects of printmaking, and to help teachers plan and deliver printmaking in the primary National Curriculum.
They have been presented in order of accessibility - quick foam printing being an easy entry point - intaglio printing being more complex and needing specialist equipment. However it is important to stress that just because a process is accessible (such as monoprinting) should not mean that it should not be revisited, or is not appropriate, for older or more able students.
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Year 1 (age 5) through to Year 6 (age 11)
Accessible Printmaking Techniques PDF
Carbon Paper Monoprints
A low tech, low mess, way to make monoprints. Pupils draw through carbon paper to create a monoprint on the paper below. Colour can be added by using oil pastel on the carbon paper. Lots of potential to encourage children to diversify their mark making. Suitable for all year groups.
Printing processes that use everyday materials to develop a creative focus for anyone, anywhere By Ruth Purdy
Painting the Savannah by Chloe Williams
Poetry and Printmaking by Ann Bridges
Using monoprints to free up the drawing process. Simple process using acetate, printing ink, rollers. Pupils draw on top of the acetate and the pressure transfers the “print” onto the paper below. Pupils can experiement with layering drawings and varying the presuure of their mark-making. Monoprinting is an inuitive, freeing process which generates lots of experiemental work. Suitable for all year groups.
Aluminium Foil Printing by Paul Carney
Mayan Tabletop Eraser Printing Project
Using cardboard, string, found objects and pva glue to create a “plate” ready for printing. If no printing press is available, you can use the pressure of your hand, or a clean roller. Children can explore one or multi-colour printing. The collagraphic plates are also beautiful objects in their own right. Suitable for all year groups.
Block printing: Creating repeat patterns using letters with Andy McKenzie
How to Make a Tessellated Design
Printmaking with Salvaged Sticky Back Aluminium Foil, Mixed Media and Cardboard
Collagraphs Inspired by Architecture
Year 5 (age 10) and above
Using linocutting tools to make printing plates from erasers. Simple, repeatable images which can be used to explore pattern or to make logos. Due to the sharp tools suitable for Year 5 children or older.
Collagraph, Collage and Stitch: Make a Image of Your Home on Fabric
Making a Collagraph Print by Suzie Mackenzie
Easy (Speedy) carve lino now means it is easier for children to carve and print with lino. Pupils can print in a single colour, or experiement with more colours. The area carved away does not print, so linoprinting gives pupils the opportunity to explore negative and positive/reverse designs. Due to the sharp tools needed to carve lino prints this activity is more suitable for children in Years 5 (age 10) and above. Ensure you use safety cutting boards to encourage pupils to cut away from themselves.
LinoCut – An Artist’s Perspective
Exploring Cyanotype by Maru Rojas
The Intaglio Process: An Artist’s Perspective
AccessArt Resources to Support Printmaking
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