Our winter Block Printing class got cut short because of school closures this spring. I did have 2 students that were able to print their finished relief prints.
This session started with students choosing from 4 different still life arrangements in the studio.
Step 1. Students did 3 thumbnail sketches of different ideas of their selected still life. We talked about the characteristics of a block print and what makes it different than other mediums. Students took this into consideration as they developed their ideas.
Step 2. We talked about illustration, composition, positive and negative space, pattern and design. Students selected their favorite sketch and we developed it further considering all of our design elements.
Step 3. We blocked out black and white areas, trying to have them alternate and having a ratio of 50% carved (white) and 50% to remain black ( the inked areas).
Step 4. Carving the block
Step 5. Printing!
Although we did not have a chicken as part of the still life, the still life arrangements are a starting point. Student creativity is always encouraged!
We simplified the outer border so that it would be a stronger design and easier to carve. I also loke the way the triangular pattern repeats in the strings of the drum.
A playful design with all three objects being the same size. We continued the carved lines on 4 sides of the objects to create a frame.
Still life with arrangement.
Work in progress.
Thumbnail sketches, such an important step when planning any project.
My little press, oh how I love it so...