Undersea Printmaking

2nd graders used styrofoam plates and ink to print their undersea images.

2nd graders used styrofoam plates and ink to print their undersea images.

2nd graders sketched an undersea scene using pencil and lightweight paper.  We tried to focus on repetition in our compositions — either through repeating background elements, patterns, or textures.  We taped our sketches onto a styrofoam plate and used a ballpoint pen to trace the drawing, making sure we pressed hard enough to create indentations on the styrofoam below.

 

After students finished tracing, we removed our original sketches.  We used a brayer to roll ink onto our styrofoam plates.  It was important that we roll out the ink evenly, and we had to be quick because it starts to dry fast!  After inking, students carefully flipped their styrofoam ink-side down onto a piece of construction paper.  We then used a baren to rub the paper against the plate.  We had to make sure to get all the edges and corners!  One of the biggest challenges in printmaking is not getting inky fingerprints on our work.  Finally, students peeled their paper off the styrofoam to see their printed image.  Amazing!