Sunday, October 30, 2011

Block Printing with Kids

Friday afternoon I gave a little print making class for a small group of 10+ year olds sponsored by our local library and a grant from Alaska Airlines.  We used 'softcut' printing blocks and Speedball linoleum cutters which the kids handled with ease to create Halloween-themed images which they first designed, drew on paper and transferred to their blocks.

cutting a block
inking a block
carefully placing print paper over her block
a young witch inks her block

four colors of ink were offered

Jack-O-Lanterns were a popular design

a scary Jack-o-Lantern
a fearsome Halloween cat
a scene with ghosts
Happy Halloween to all!


  1. What a fun class! I like the ghosts.

  2. Man, they made some great prints! Fun!

  3. Yay, Alaska Airlines! that's the second good thing I've heard them doing recently. The first was not charging for baggage anymore, ha!
    Great prints and I'm sure your students were pleased with the results.
    That cat is fabulous!
    xoxo Kim

  4. Sus ! these kids sure had FUN !!!
    (OOO ! I envy their "softcut" printing blocks : I have to stick to eraser blocks 2x3" only ....)

  5. That looks like a blast! And they came out wonderfully! It looks like they had a great teacher. ;) Have a great day, Sus. xo


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