Abstract Prints

Term: 4 Year: 2019


This unit was a Printmaking unit

The Year 5 students from St Leonard’s Junior School, Brighton East created a collagraph by taking a personal photo and choosing parts of the image and concentrating on the shapes and lines in each part. These were transferred to the collagraph base board to form an abstract image of lines and shapes. Each shape was filled with various materials to achieve different textures, e.g. doilies, corrugated cardboard, flat cardboard, etc. These were heavily glued and sealed into place on the collagraph base board with PVA. Once dry students printed the collagraph board using printing block ink. They did numerous prints until they were happy with two. One they kept black and white. The 2nd they embellished with highly detailed Posca marker pattern work, trying to heavily layer each shape.

Printmaking is the process of creating artworks by printing, normally on paper. Printmaking normally covers only the process of creating prints that have an element of originality, rather than just being a photographic reproduction of a painting. Except in the case of monotyping, the process is capable of producing multiples of the same piece, which is called a print. Each print produced is considered an “original” work of art, and is correctly referred to as an “impression”, not a “copy” (that means a different print copying the first, common in early printmaking). Often impressions vary considerably, whether intentionally or not. The images on most prints are created for that purpose, perhaps with a preparatory study such as a drawing. A print that copies another work of art, especially a painting, is known as a “reproductive print”.

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Year 5
St Leonard’s Junior School, Brighton East