EXPLORING LINE – Relief Printmaking

Students use a variety of objects to explore line and relief printmaking. 

Required Time

60 Minutes

Grade Level

Kindergarten to Grade 6

Subject

Art Techniques
Language Arts
Mathematics
Visual Arts

Vocabulary

contrast direction focus length line relief print texture width

Materials

Scissors Found Objects Plastic Placemat Paper Strip 30.5 cm x 1.3 cm (1/2" x 12") White Paper 30.5 x 45.7 cm (12 x 18") Markers

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Steps

EXPLORING LINE – Relief Printmaking - Step One

Step One

Gather a variety of found objects such as small paper cups, cardboard and foam pieces, and other textured surfaces. Tape string to a rolling pin.

EXPLORING LINE – Relief Printmaking - Step Two

Step Two

Draw marker on the plastic surface using the flat side of the marker.

EXPLORING LINE – Relief Printmaking - Step Three

Step Three

Spray the marker ink lightly with a small amount of water.

EXPLORING LINE – Relief Printmaking - Step Four

Step Four

Press an object into the wet ink to pick up as much ink as you can.

EXPLORING LINE – Relief Printmaking - Step Five

Step Five

Make a print on the paper by pressing the inked object onto it and applying pressure, or rolling the object across the surface. Make lots of different kinds of lines.

EXPLORING LINE – Relief Printmaking - Step Six

Step Six

Use the papers for a variety of other art projects. For example, go to the Mini Journal lesson plan available on this website to learn how to make a small journal using a single sheet of paper.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Create a variety of lines using simple relief prints;
  2. Explore a variety of ways to use colour;
  3. Build on their own and others’ discoveries to generate new ideas;
  4. Explain their process; and
  5. Express opinions about the works.

Extensions

  1. Provide opportunities for students to create an artwork using the ideas they have learned. For example,
    Book in a Box
    Making an Edition of Prints 
  2. Encourage students to use the papers they have created in other art activities. For example,
    Mini Journal

Prepare

  1. Place students in groups so they can share materials.
  2. Gather plastic placemats one for each student.
  3. Gather a variety of objects such as small paper cups, cardboard strips, foam pieces, textured objects and corks. Tape string to a rolling pin. Place the objects into bins for easy distribution.
  4. Download the LINE poster available on this website.
    Line Poster

Introduction

  1. Introduce the idea of printmaking to students by talking about what happens when they walk through a puddle and then onto dry ground. The marks their shoes make are prints – relief prints.
  2. Ask what other types of prints students might know about.
  3. Explain that there are many different ways to make prints and relief prints can be made with many different kinds of materials. They all produce many copies of the same image. 
  4. Discuss the element of line and characteristics of lines, for example, direction, width, length, focus and texture.
  5. Explain that today's lesson is a workshop to explore how to make a variety of lines with relief prints. It's for experimenting and trying out ideas to see what happens.
  6. Introduce the challenge.

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Make lots of different lines using simple relief prints.
  2. Explore a variety of ways to use colour.
  3. Build on your own and others’ discoveries to generate new ideas.
  4. Explain your process.
  5. Express opinions about the works.

The Process

  1. Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
  2. Observe students as they work.
  3. Encourage them to share and expand on each others' ideas as they explore the materials.  
  4. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.

Sharing

  1. Place students into small groups. 
  2. Ask them to: 
    - Compare their work and describe to each other what they did to get certain effects.
    - Consider how doing these experiments might help them if they were creating another type of artwork.
    - Talk about what was difficult and what was easy for them.
  3. Share ideas with the whole class. 
  4. Ask them to tell how they felt about doing this activity.

 

Assessment

  1. Observe students as they work  – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting
  2. Observe students as they discuss the art works – active listening, insightful contributions, supporting ideas with evidence found in the artwork and from personal experience.
  3. Use a checklist to track progress. (Download - LINE_tracking.pdf)