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I love it when I'm asked to sub for an art class. I know Miss Day from the Art League School and how much it means to her have a reliable sub who understands both working with children and with art. It was great to be back in the classroom again.
In this class we got to explore making a printing plate with lines and shapes that overlap to create a non-representational work of art. Printmaking is one of the most satisfying. Students love to be surprised at how wonderful their art looks.
We had criteria to follow including coming up with a variety of thick lines: small, medium and large. They could be angular, curved, or a mix. We had to be sure our glue covered the edges and corners and then pressed the lines onto the plate so that they were strong enough to withstand the ink and brayer.
Next we had more work to do: make enough layers so the print would be interesting. Layering is important because that is what makes art have depth and richness.
When our printing plates dried enough (after a snack break) we began to work even more. We learned about how much ink to use, how to cover the brayer, how to listen for the sound that tells us the ink is ready. Then we paid attention to how we inked the plate evenly. We had to register the plate on the paper, flip it over and press it evenly and for a long time before we could "pull it". Pulling a plate is the most fun part. It's like watching a photograph develop. Such a surprize to see the image appear on the paper.
After our work was complete we did an art critique and helped each other understand what worked and what didn't. We were very supportive of each other as we learned the strategies for a good critique.