Term 3 Week 5- Stencils and Lino Printing

This week each student screen printed the second layer of our design onto their tote bag in orange, alongside other printmaking activities.

Amber & Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists learned how to use stencils to create images, similar to the technique we’re using to screen print. We used sponge brushes to paint through a stencil cut from card, and tried hard to use a stippling effect so that the edges of our images were crisp. We began with primary colours, then layered the paints up to create secondary colours.


Two of our students in Turquoise Class brought in some artwork they’d done at home- we were shown a fabulous painting of a truck on canvas, and a whole folder of Jackson Pollock-inspired work! It was great to see some artwork they’d done outside of Art Stars. Thank you for sharing it with us!

Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 classes designed and cut their own stencils from moisture resistant card. We experimented with combining different techniques in our sketchbooks, including using the stencils to produce both positive (solid) and negative (outlined) shapes. Some of us chose to base our designs around our initials, while others created characters or more abstract designs. We created some really bright, cheerful patterns!

Maroon & Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 students continued with their reduction block print. We cut away areas of our lino blocks that we printed from last week, so that less of the surface area would be exposed to the ink. We then printed directly on top of last week’s prints, using a contrasting colour ink. We had to take care to line up the lino block carefully so that it would correspond with the image underneath. This produced a successful layered design.

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