Run your own block printing project has been developed with students by artist Anna Alcock during printing workshops at the William Morris Gallery. The project is a comprehensive, detailed and adaptable set of lessons designed to encourage successful and creative printmaking activities for Key Stages 1, 2 & 3, for the specialist and non-specialist teacher alike.
The outcome of the project is that the students design and create a print block, and then produce prints from this print block. The students will be helped with this outcome by close study of the designs of William Morris and the way he was inspired by nature in his work.
By the end of the project, the students will have gained an invaluable, ‘hands on’ insight into William Morris, including some of the principles of his designs and the way they were created, and into practical printmaking.
The resources provide clear and straightforward step-by-step instructions for the activities with lots of handy hints on successful delivery of the lessons with the minimum of mess in the classroom.
The project consists of the following 6 lessons, which are in the form of Powerpoint presentations:
• Lesson 1: Introduction to William Morris and understanding block printing
• Lesson 2: William Morris and designing from nature
• Lesson 3: Drawing your own designs from nature
• Lesson 4: Developing your two-colour designs
• Lesson 5: Preparing your print block using your two-colour design
• Lesson 6: Inking and printing your print block.
Each lesson also has an accompanying lesson plan, which provides advice on how to ensure the best delivery of the lesson. These plans explain how to run the lesson, the outcomes of the lesson, a suggested timetable and the resources needed for the lesson and useful background information.
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