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Printmaking

4th Grade Printmaking intro

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Printmaking

  1. 1. Oh! What a RELIEF!! An introduction to printmaking and the art of Mandala (circle) art.
  2. 2. Learning Goals We will be creating a radial symmetry composition that uses line, shape, space and texture. The composition will be created using traditional printmaking techniques. We will create a two-color radial design using reductive (to take away) relief printmaking.
  3. 3. What is a mandala? A mandala is a repetitive geometric pattern which begins at a central dot and works outward. “Mandala” is loosely translated into “circle.” Mandalas are symbolic in many cultures and often symbolize wholeness and unity.
  4. 4. Both Native Americans and Buddhist Monks create mandalas Buddhist Monks In Tibet, it is used a spiritual practice, using crushed semiprecious stones to create intricate designs. Mandalas require many hours and days to complete, and must be perfectly recreated. When completed, the monks gather in a colorful ceremony, sweeping the mandala into a nearby body of water. The design is impermanent. This action symbolizes the cycle of life.
  5. 5. Navajo Sand Paintings Navajo Indians also create impermanent sand paintings used in spiritual rituals. The ritual may last from five to nine days, and range in size from three to fifteen feet or more.
  6. 6. What is similar about these designs? Lines? Shapes? Rotation? http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/06/02/a- mandala-in-minutes/
  7. 7. Mandalas have radial symmetry . Radial symmetry is created when balance is created from a central
  8. 8. What is Printmaking?
  9. 9. What is a PRINT?? From the MOMA Site: “A print is a work of art made up of ink on paper and existing in multiple copies. It is creates not by drawing directly on the paper, but through an indirect transfer process. The artist begins by creating a composition on another surface. The transfer occurs when a sheet of paper, placed in contact with this surface is run through a printing press.
  10. 10. What is a PRINT???
  11. 11. Let’s Break It Down: “A print is a work of art made up of ink on paper and existing in multiple copies. What do “multiple copies” mean?
  12. 12. What are some things you can think of that are made as “multiple copies?”
  13. 13. What kind of prints do YOU make??
  14. 14. (hint)
  15. 15. Let’s Break It Down: The artist begins by creating a composition on another surface. (a linoleum block, wood, plastic, glass, etc…)
  16. 16. Let’s Break It Down: The transfer occurs when a sheet of paper, placed in contact with this surface is run through a printing press.
  17. 17. Drive By Press https://www.youtube.com/wat ch?v=gBr3WG8txQk
  18. 18. Begin in the center of the circle, repeating a pattern around the central axis. How to draw a Mandala.
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