History of Printmaking: Block Relief Method - Lesson Plan Volume 42

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Relief printing is the most ancient method of taking an impression from one object and putting it onto another. It is also the most exciting method used by printmakers today.

Relief printing is also known as surface printing - where all nonprinting surfaces are cut away and ink is applied to the remaining surfaces. The earliest material used for relief printing was a block of rare wood, but many other materials are now used, providing a wide choice in both price and availability. Relief printing in simple forms has been used since early civilization. Examples are seals, rubber stamps, woodcuts, linocuts, potato prints, etc.

Students will…

  • Develop basic background knowledge of the development of printmaking.
  • Enhance their ability to think abstractly.
  • Gain an understanding of the printing process through creating a print.

Item Weight: 0.03
Age: 12 yrs. - 18 yrs.
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Grade: 7 - 12
School Type: Middle School, High School
Lesson Plan: Art


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