In art class, we are reading biographies of printmakers together and working in pairs to describe, analyze and interpret the artists’ stories. The children are also viewing and discussing reproductions of master works in preparation for their own art projects. For example, we discussed the landscapes of Monet while making landscape reflection monotypes and the etchings of Albrecht Dürer while making original printing plates.
The printing plates are made through a process called Collagraphy. Artists create Collagraphy printing plates by applying a variety of materials such as rubber bands, card stock and yarn to paperboard or wood. The word comes from the Greek word koll or kolla, meaning glue and graph, meaning the activity of drawing.