Session 7 at Rathfarnham Educate Together
1st May 2014
After the long Easter break we followed our explorations with the class – introducing a new print making technique: a safe, practical and very `school-friendly` variation of LINO CUT printing.
I think this strand of the visual arts curriculum is one of those that many teachers find challenging and difficult to manage in a class room setting. Safety issues bring probably the biggest challenge – and would stand in the way of creation and experimentation with the technique. One of the solutions is of coarse to try to change the materials and tools used: instead of sharp cutting tools we use large masonry nails and the lino is replaced with soft foam plates (left over mounting material from a framer`s store).
The process worked very well, the children were now curious and eager to try something new and the images again show a different print result with a cloudy, slightly `smudged` finishes: small, dreamlike pictures of boats and sea life.