Thursday, March 24, 2011

Creating the Printing Plates...

Mary added columns, stairs and a dome to her original building.
Brianna C used several layers of oaktag paper to make a printing plate that shows symmetry.

I began the next unit with an introduction to the use of symmetry as a design element used in architectural forms.  The students were given packets of information and images of a variety of buildings that featured different styles of architecture.  I created a worksheet that asked students to combine several different architectural elements to make a new building all their own.  This rough draft process provided everyone with an opportunity to work out their ideas before beginning to cut and arrange oaktag for the layers of the printing plate. 
Some students found it helpful to use different colors of paper to represent the different layers of the building.  I explained how only the raised areas of their building would print.  This would prove to be true because of the way we would be using a peeled crayon rubbed over the surface of the plate to make a crayon rubbing. 
The students thought that it was interesting that the process of making a rubbing from a raised surface is called "frottage." In french, this word simply means " to rub."  Another name for making a print using this method is called "collograph printing." 
The task of making one's drawing out of layers of paper can be difficult and takes alot of planning and some trial and error.  The students were excited to make prints of their architecture, so everyone worked hard to get through this challenging part of the activity.  The resulting prints are amazing, so check out how our hard work really paid off!

This photo shows how Mary's printing plate produced a detailed and textured image.

Here are the amazing results of a series of prints made by rubbing a peeled crayon over Brianna's printing plate.  The print in the upper left was made with multiple colors of crayons and colored pencils.  The two bottom prints were done with warm and cool colors of watercolor paints.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

great job Brianna !! keep up the good work xoxox love mom

Anonymous said...

great job Brianna !! keep up the good work xoxox love mom

Hope Hunter Knight said...

these are awesome! i love that the printing plate stays clean, unlike in other printing methods.