Thoughts Are Things: Relief Printmaking Connecting Real Live Humans in a Weirdo World (6th-8th grade)

Students will learn how to design, carve, and print their own brilliant and weird ideas about windows into other worlds (literally). In this class, we will be designing two interactive prints that will fold into a set of greeting cards for students to give to friends and loved ones. Or liked ones. Or ‘hey how’s it goin’ ones. Using cut-out thought bubbles, doors, and windows that open to the inside of the card, we will explore layering images and changing meaning with context. Which is fancy speak for saying I’m gonna teach you how to use the tools and toss out a few ideas, but my main interest is encouraging YOU to find what it is you want to say, draw, and explore.

Special notes
Registration will begin on Thursday, December 17, at 8:00 a.m.

This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. You will receive a link to join the Zoom meeting via email once registration is complete. Please use the same link each week.

Required supplies:

  • Strathmore 400 series mixed media 9” by 12” drawing pad ($7.99)

  • Speedball soft rubber brayer 1.5” ($10.40)

  • Speedball lino set No. 1 carving tools ($10.77)

  • Speedball water-based block printing ink 2.5 oz – BLACK ($5.85)

  • Two Speedball Red Baron linoleum blocks 4″ by 5″ ($2.01 each)

  • Pencils

  • Eraser

  • Ruler

  • Scrap paper

  • X-acto knife

  • Scissors

  • Cardboard (to protect work surface)

  • Glass palate (could be an old picture frame you don’t care about – this is the surface you will be rolling your ink onto)