Printmaking with kids is one of my very, very, top, all-time favorite things to do. Printmaking itself is rad, but when you throw kids in the mix they tend to become absolutely enthralled with the process and results. Unless you have a really bad project. Which is why I decided to troll for awesome printmaking ideas and put them all together, right here.
What makes printmaking compelling is its natural prompting for experimentation. Sometimes you can make a bunch of prints quickly and then add more to them later. Sometimes you can tweak prints a bit as you are making them to see what changes take place. Sometimes you take prints and cut them up and use them for collage projects. Endless creative opportunities here…
1. Plastic bag printmaking? Nice.
2. Not a project per se, but some fantastic ideas for collagraph printing.
3. Linoleum printmaking. I think linoleum prints were my first introduction to printmaking, and a great intro to learning to carve.
4. Several ideas here for making prints with cardboard rolls.
5. Similarly, you can roll out prints by using rolling pins.
6. This is so my kind of project. It takes a few more steps/materials, but the results are gorgeous. Your kids will be so proud.
7. You know a project is good when an art teacher says it’s one of their favorite projects ever.
8. Drawing added to the top of bubble prints– an example of taking printmaking one step further.
9. Another linoleum printing project, clever, clever, clever.
10. How can a printmaking ideas roundup be complete without a potato print project?
11. Monoprint Mandalas, for when your project needs to be quick and easy.
12. This project only looks complicated. Once you have the materials and get to it, it’s really quite easy and gives a fantastic result you’ll want to hang on up.
13. I am thinking really, really hard about whether or not this would really be considered printmaking, or is it a cool form of drawing/painting that LOOKS like printmaking? She has it tagged as printmaking, so I’ll just go ahead and include it in here, because it’s really lovely.
14. This one is slightly involved – but the results are great, plus you’ll hang it on your wall forever.
15. Printmaking using a glue gun. I MUST try this coolness.
16. City prints using foam boards. These are fantastic!
17. Multi-media printmaking projects. I don’t know a kid who wouldn’t love making these.
18. More cityscape printmaking, but with a different approach.
19. This is some crazy chalk-and-water printmaking technique that looks like all sorts of fun.
20. Easy printmaking idea using those little foam stickers you’re usually cursing for getting everywhere.
22. Any project that uses up extra cardboard is golden, and this one is extra-golden because it’s like 2 projects in one: collage and printmaking.
23. Monoprinting, baby.
24. Card stock printing- similar to the cardboard cut-outs printing, but more subtle.
25. Active printmaking – roll your prints with balls!
I am drooling over this printmaking book for kids, and it shall be in my library very soon.