This is an activity I created to teach my students how to use multiple lino blocks to create a multi-colour lino print. My students do not possess a strong arts background so I created an instructional package with photos of me doing it to help them with the project
By the end of this activity, many of my reluctant students were super proud of what they did! It looks hard, but really it isn't especially if they follow the instructions. It was a good confidence booster for them. :)
This instructional booklet goes over the materials needed, the instructions, and the safety rules of using a lino cutter. Every step is accompanied by photographs of my hands doing the work.
I gave them a fish clip art to reproduce for this assignment. (I drew the clip art myself so no copyright issues.) However you can apply the exact same technique with any design! I included the fish clip art on the last page just in case it's useful to you.
I also requested that my students carve their initials onto their plate. This is so that I can tell the difference between the prints! (Or else I'll end up with 20+ identical fishes and no way to tell which belong to which student.) You will see that noted in the instructions with reminders about how to properly carve letters so that they are printed properly.
For materials I used Speedball block ink and the lino blocks my school board provided. The lino block size was a 4"x 6" lino block cut in half. You may substitute Speedball block ink with acrylic or tempera paint, but just make sure you wash your lino block immediately after use.
Although I gave this to my senior art students, I think younger students can also do this activity. Duration is partly determined by your students' abilities and any other expectations you have of the activity. However I find that the activity is longer than expected mainly because you have to wait for the ink to dry.
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