5th Grade: Building Blocks

After painting their ceramic creations, the Fifth grade class moved on to the art of Japan. Our first topic is printmaking. I brought in a couple of printmaking blocks to show the process while we discussed how it worked, and then asked the group to pick simple images (something with 3 colors and not a lot of details) that they could turn into their own printmaking creations. We ended up with an assortment of cartoons, which are actually ideal for the simplified process we’ll be working with. Each student has to make three copies of their image, cut out the pieces of each color section from craft foam, and then glue the foam to cardboard “blocks.” These will then be used to print the image. It’s a long process, so they probably won’t be done for another two weeks, but I think the final result will be worth it.

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