This is a technical activity I gave to my fashion class on how to create patterns using lino/linoleum block printing. It comes right after the lesson I gave on Repetition and Patterns
. It also works for printmaking and any other visual art course.
This is a technical exercise so you will notice that there is less emphasis on creativity and more on how to create a block print. This file contains step-by-step instructions with photos on how to create a lino block print of your own image. It's quite detailed and goes over the following along the way:
- Materials and their proper names
- Safety using the lino cutter
- Things to avoid doing and tips on making a good lino block print
These are instructions meant for students to look over on their own so that they can work independently. However you can go over it with them too if you like! It really depends on your group.
The activity ends with a reflection handout containing three questions so that students may review what they have learned. There is one question that refers back to the lesson I gave (it asks students to identify the type of pattern they made). The activity also comes with two small rubrics so that you can assess/evaluate their learning.
As I teach in Ontario, the rubrics are modeled after the Ontario curriculum. However I use plain language so that students can understand the criteria and I'm pretty sure the rubric can still be used even if you don't teach in Ontario.
Although I used this for my senior art students, I think this is a simple enough activity that younger grades can do it too. I selected one hour as the duration for this activity, but it really depends on your pacing and the complexity of the design. If you wish to speed it up, provide your class clip art cut to the size of the lino block and create block printing stations so that there's less set-up/clean-up.
Here's a list of possible substitutions if you do not have some of the materials needed for this assignment:
- Canvas: I used raw canvas since it's a fashion class and I wanted to go for a fabric, but really you can use other materials including paper.
- Brayer: a brayer is simply a roller to apply an even coat of ink. You can use a brush instead. It may not be as even, but it applies the ink!
- Block printing ink: tempera or acrylic is fine, but be careful as they may dry faster. Acrylic may not roll as smoothly on a brayer if it's too thick. I suggest using a brush instead and have students dab on the ink.
- Lino block: this one is a bit tougher, but try Styrofoam as a substitution if you don't have linoleum. The cuts may not be as smooth however. If you have woodblocks, this activity will work for it too.
See related products:
ELEMENTS AND PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN/ART: REPETITION LESSON AND REVIEW
Lino Block Printing Name Plate Activity with Instructions and Questions
Multi-Block Multi-Colour Lino Block Carving Activity