Tuesday, March 4, 2014

T is for texture.

The 1st graders and I are looking at texture during their current two week rotation with me. We have been identifying and describing different textures in the classroom and then altering the surface of printing plates to use texture to create art.

Last week I showed them the abstract skateboard designs of Portuguese designer Elna and this week I showed them some landscape collagraphs done by Ross Thompson. With the Elna inspired project we scratched the surface of styrofoam plates to change the texture of the surface. With the Thompson inspired collagraphs we added on cut and torn pieces of paper to change the surface quality of the base cardboard plate.

Both have been a lot of fun with the students. It's been cool to do both additive and subtractive processes with them. Once they make their print, students need to write a sentence about what they did. I supply a sentence frame and on topic words on my smart board for students to refer to. I emphasize that they should write about what they did and how they did it.


  1. Could you give a little more detail on what media you used. i am looking for some simple/inexpensive print techniques for 2nd grade.

    1. Sure:) The styrofoam prints are done with crayola water soluble markers. I dampen the paper with a couple sprays of water and even out the spray with a sponge. You can print them on watercolor paper or construction paper. The collagraphs are cut and torn cardstock glued to thin cardboard and then rolled with water soluble relief printing ink. I put 2 colors side by side and blend them with the roller to create the rainbow effect. These are printed on construction paper. You can also do crayon rubbings from the collagraph plates if you don't have the ink/roller supplies:) Hope this helps!