Visual Arts & Contemporary Craft

Reduction Lino

Grades: 7–12 (Full Day)

Program: Visual Arts & Contemporary Craft

Curriculum Connections: Canadian and World Studies, Geography, History, Native Studies, Social Studies, Visual Arts, French

Reduction printmaking is both beautiful and challenging. Students will be supported through the reduction process, carving away their soft linoleum block to create colourful, layered prints. Students draw inspiration from an examination of works by prominent artists, focusing on prints by Inuit artists. Students will learn about editions and leave with their own unique prints.

Key Inquiry Question
How can your experience with the printmaking process lead to a better understanding of the printed images we see daily?

Program Objectives
By the end of the Reduction Lino program, students will:

  • Discover the history of printmaking through the examination of works by prominent artists, focusing on prints by Inuit artists
  • Explore relief carving techniques to produce line, texture, pattern and positive and negative space in printmaking
  • Demonstrate the safe use of lino carving tools to produce a relief printing block
  • Produce several reduction coloured prints using a soft linoleum printing block

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