Friday, March 30, 2012

Relief, Rubbings, Resist!

This second grade lesson is a new one for us this year, and I would like to thank
Room 9: Art! for the great lesson idea.  We constructed relief architecture facades using scrap matboard and cardboard, then used them as printing plates for crayon relief rubbings, with a final wash of watercolor resist over the top.  The two pieces have different looks - the relief is graphic and sharp, while the resist is atmospheric and soft.  The kids really enjoyed it!


  1. This one is on my pinboard to try:) Such a great contrast between the two pieces and those second graders are rocking this project!

  2. HI,
    It's Jana from Room 9 Art! Glad to see that you tried this with your 2nd graders and that they had great fun with it! Here's another idea for you: Sometimes I have the kids paint the printing plates with black paint, and then when it's dry use peeled oil pastels to color in areas, blending colors with their fingers. Then, use each pastel on its side to "catch" the edges of each shape with a contrasting color. It looks really great , kind of like colors on a blackboard would look. You can see this technique on wooden sculptures on my site under the label," cityscape sculptures." Enjoy!

  3. Wow- this is really interesting!

  4. Love this idea. The final products look great displayed side by side as it shows how different the same image can look depending on the materials used. Pinning!


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