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Collograph Prints: 2nd Grade

These collograph prints by 2nd graders were made by gluing cut out foam letters and shapes to a piece of cardboard.  The kids drew and cut out their own foam letters and shapes, but I also had a selection of other foam pieces to add.

We tied this project to the art of Jasper Johns.

Before rolling and printing the plates, the kids glued shapes of colored paper on their background, so there would be some color showing through.

Then, we used a brayer to roll water soluble printing ink on the collographs and printed them on the sheet, rubbing the back of the paper carefully to transfer the ink.

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About Marcia Beckett

Marcia is an elementary art teacher and loves painting, drawing, sculpture, art journaling and clay. Her blog, Art is Basic, features many exciting art projects for kids.

5 Responses to Collograph Prints: 2nd Grade

  1. Mrs. C says:

    These are great! I love the cut paper backgrounds with them! 🙂

  2. ArtMuse says:

    Awesome project, what kind of foam did you use for the prints? The shapes came out nice and clear with it.

  3. Jen says:

    I love Collagraphs. These are beautiful!

  4. Marcia says:

    Thanks! We used this foam: http://www.dickblick.com/products/inovart-printfoam-for-block-printing

    Plus, I had some of those fun foam (regular colored craft foam) shapes and pieces the kids cut up.

  5. Mrs. Brandt says:

    They did a great job..love the Jasper Johns inspiration!
    Chris at hockadayart.blogspot.org

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