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Community Endowment for the Arts Funds Printmaking Opportunity

Community Endowment for the Arts (CEFA) Creates Printmaking Opportunity for Middle School Students

New London-Spicer 7th Grade Art students were given the opportunity to experience the printmaking process after receiving funds from Community Endowment for the Arts. Middle school art classes will also be using some funds for a more intensive workshop introducing the pottery wheel to students in grades 7 & 8. 

As one of the oldest forms of art, engraving has been found on prehistoric bones, stones, and cave walls. The technique of imaging duplication dates back thousands of years. Back then, time was spent engraving designs into cylinder seals made of stone which would then be rolled over soft clay tablets leaving an impression of the engravement on the clay. 

Mrs. Baldwin's 7th Grade Art classroom discussed the famous printmaker Rembrandt. Rembrandt spent a lot of time etching on copper plates to make remarkable prints. Mrs. Baldwin brought in her printmaking pieces from college for the class to discuss and compare. 

Being a Part of the Process

Each student took a latex square and penciled their drawing onto the square. They decided what would be printed and what would be void. This was dependent on the effect they wanted. Texture must be shown in the prints.

etching onto clay  

The students carved what they did not want to show up as a color and when that was finished, they rolled on printing ink. Printing ink is thicker than acrylic and has a shiny effect.

draw on paper the void  roller for print making

The printing must not have any voids, spots, or fingerprints that do not belong. This often took a few prints to achieve the finished product. 

finished latex squares

Our students enjoyed this assignment and were given their latex square to use another time. Some colored the square and kept to hang it on their wall.

display case

If you are interested making a donation to the Community Endowment for the Arts you can do so online here, or checks can be mailed to:

NLS Educational Foundation 
PO BOX 58 
New London, MN 56273

New London-Spicer Educational Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3. 

Helen Baldwin, NLS Middle School Art Teacher