Students will learn how to make linoleum (lino) block relief prints.
Before beginning this, or any other printmaking lesson, have a look at Printmaking 101 and Printmaking 102 to learn about the various forms of printmaking and the materials used. For a simplified version of this printmaking technique (that does not involve sharp tools), try Styrofoam Printmaking. It is a great introductory lesson for the primary grades (ages 4 and up).
A lino print results when a piece of linoleum (either household or special lino you can purchase from an art supply store) has had pieces cut out of it, been inked and been printed. For this activity, sharp tools are required. For this reason, it is not recommended that you try this with children under the ages of eight or nine. ALWAYS have an adult present.What You Need:
Experiment with different types of paper.
You can make the linoleum easier to cut by warming it up on a hot plate before carving into it. Always cut AWAY from yourself. ALWAYS make sure you are using sharp -- not dull -- tools.
When the prints are finished, put them up on the wall or lay them out on a table or floor. Look at the differences between each of the prints. Why do they change in darkness? Is the ink thicker in some areas and thinner in others? Are the lines smooth? Rough? Did the prints turn out the way you expected? What would you do differently next time? These are all good questions to ask your students (and yourself).