Styrofoam Relief Prints Lesson Plan: Printmaking Lessons for Kids: KinderArt ®
STYROFOAM RELIEF PRINTS
Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater [Andrea is one of the creators of KinderArt.com]
A form of relief printing that makes use of readily available styrofoam meat and vegetable trays.
What You Need:
- Paint or ink.
- Styrofoam meat trays.
- Soft rubber brayers (printing rollers that can be found at art supply stores). You can substitute small paint rollers or even paint brushes if rollers aren't readily available.
- An old cookie tray or a piece of plexiglass to roll the ink out on.
What You Do:
- First cut the edges off of the trays so that you have a flat surface to work on.
- Next, draw an image onto the tray using a pencil.
- Remember, your printed image will appear in reverse!
- Follow the printing with a brayer directions.
(found on the Printmaking 102 page) You could instead use a paintbrush to cover over the styrofoam with paint or ink, lay the paper overtop, press lightly and voila.
- Repeat until you have an edition of prints.
One step further:
- Instead of drawing into the styrofoam, you could press down areas you don't want printed.
- You could also cut out sections of the styrofoam, ink them up separately, pop the pieces back together and print.
- Substitute corrugated cardboard for styrofoam.
- Use a carpenter's nail to scratch out designs on the cardboard.
►More Activities Like This
© KinderArt ®
Do YOU have an idea to share?