Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Creating Collographs

This week students have been creating collographs in art class.  A collograph is a kind of relief print- a process in which prints are pulled from a plate or block that has been built up.  The plate is similar to a three dimensional collage.  Students looked at the work of Jean DuBuffet and learned about texture and then created their plates using a variety of materials including bubble wrap, straw, buttons, cardboard, pipe cleaners, and string.  When their plates were dry, they painted them with ink and then transferred the image with a roller to create their print.  Some classes are continuing to work on their collographs to create a large collaborative print that includes a background for their animals.

One of our young artists adds texture to his plate with straw.
A group of collograph plates on the drying rack.
This beautiful rhino really captures the texture of the cardboard.
This artist printed in three colors to create this amazing penguin print.

This artist worked carefully to add string to his plate to make the tiger's stripes.

Here, a student used buttons to create the impression of eyes for her sleeping cat.

This artist used crumpled paper to express the texture of the elephant's skin.

This artist's print is a "ghost print," a print created by transferring the plate a second time without adding more paint or ink.

Thursday, December 3, 2015


Congratulations to all of the amazing artists whose hard work was rewarded by being chosen for the cover of this year's VSA NYC Calendar!  Kaleidoscope of Creativity is the name of their colorful photo collage created last year in art class.  Students were unfortunately unable to attend the award ceremony because of a bussing issue, but later received calendars and awards at school (Thank You Ms. Mack!!!).  Please let me know if you are interested in receiving a calendar and I will let you know when we are provided with more copies.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Multicolor Etching

Students finished their unit on etching by learning how to register their printing plates and print in at least two colors.  Many students printed in three, even four colors to create beautiful multicolor prints.  We discovered that we have some amazing printmakers in our art studio!