Art Spotlight: Block Printing

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Brian Tapani

Mari Greene, Editor

This week, the eighth graders learned about printmaking while using the block printing method. First, the students drew a design on a 4×6 in piece of paper that fit exactly on their linoleum block. Then, the students transferred the image to their blocks and traced over their lines with a bold sharpie marker. The students began carving away the negative space around the lines they drew. This left the drawn lines raised so they could be inked with a brayer, which is a tool used to spread and apply the ink. Students made 12 successful prints using different colored inks and paper.