I am so happy to share more beautiful art with you. Fairlawn fourth graders really succeeded in creating collograph printing plates and the prints that resulted are fabulous.
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We created the plates with two textures. Craft foam rendered a smooth surface and corrugated a ridged texture. I prepared for the first session of creating the printing plates by cutting  cardboard into 6 by 8 inch pieces for the base of the plate. I cut and soaked 4 by 6 inch cardboard, and peeled off an outside layer of each piece to expose the ridges, and cut craft foam to the same size. Each student received a base plate, an open faced piece of corrugated and foam.
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The students were directed to cut three freehand shapes from both the corrugated and foam. They used glue sticks and placed them on the base plate. They used the remaining scraps and cut them into smaller pieces trimming them to fit between each other and  glued them down. It was sort of like putting a puzzle together. The toughest part was trimming the pieces so that there was a space between each piece, but as you can see, they succeeded.
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After all the pieces were glued in place, the students used white glue and painted the entire plate, being sure to get the glue into the grooves of the corrugated and the spaces in between the shapes. The white glued then dried creating a seal around and over the pieces.
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The next session was two weeks later, so the white glue was good and dry. In this session the students used tempera paint and were directed to blend secondary colors adding black paint to create shades and white paint to create tints. Then they quickly painted their plates, applied a wash of water to their paper and placed the paper over the plate. Using their fingers and palms they smoothed the paper over the plates, then removed it to expose the print.
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The results were fantastic! The print above was a total surprise. I was sure it wouldn't come out because it took so long for the student to painstakingly apply each color, the paint was drying. But we applied a bit of water to each piece right before printing and this was enough to revitalize the paint. Wow! is all I can say!
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There was only one student who realized that he had to place his shapes in reverse to print out a word. He is the clever one!
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If there was any difficulty it was waiting too long to pull the print and the glue revitalized and caused the paper to stick to the plate. You can see in the sample above how the print is torn and pieces are stuck to the printing plate. I don't think it takes away from the print. If anything, it adds texture. This was difficult for the students to see. They felt like they had done it worng. But I assured them their prints were spectacular.
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Also, there were results that were not quite as clear. As shown above, this happened because the student forgot to put a wash of water on the paper prior to printing.

This was a great exercise. I am repeating it with second graders and so far they have done a fabulous job creating their plates. I can't wait to share their prints with you. Be sure to stay tuned for that!

 


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