5th Grade: Woodblock Prints

We’re several weeks in to the 5th grade printmaking project. I introduced the art of woodblock printing with a video and a discussion about the process, which was met with a mix of confusion and amazement. As with most things, it’s best just to try it, so the class jumped right in! We are using craft foam and cardboard, since they are easier to work with than actual wood slabs. The first step is to divide the image into colors and make a single block for each color. There was a lot of laughter around the room as everyone held up blocks with just a pair of eyes, or a set of ears on it. Next we print the pieces in a series onto a sheet of paper. That’s the step we’ll be going into this week, which will bring us to the final product.

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