SHAPES AND PATTERNS – Relief Prints, Tints, Collage

Students use paint, silicone candy molds and ice cube trays to make relief prints of various shapes and then cut out the individual shapes to create a pattern collage.

Required Time

40 Minutes

Grade Level

Kindergarten to Grade 3

Subject

Language Arts
Mathematics
Visual Arts

Vocabulary

collage colour pattern print shape tint

Materials

Crayola Paint Crayola Paint Brushes Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12") Crayola Scissors Crayola Washable Glue Sticks Crayola Construction Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12") Water Containers Paper Towels Plastic Container Lids for Palettes Silicone Ice Cube Trays and Candy Molds

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Steps

SHAPES AND PATTERNS – Relief Prints, Tints, Collage - Step One

Step One

Silicone Ice Cube Tray

  1. Paint different colours on the bottom of the ice cube tray.
  2. Make sure every shape is covered with wet paint.
SHAPES AND PATTERNS – Relief Prints, Tints, Collage - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Press the ice cube tray paint side down onto a piece of paper.
  2. Apply pressure on the whole tray.
  3. Be careful not to wiggle the tray as you press it down on the paper.
SHAPES AND PATTERNS – Relief Prints, Tints, Collage - Step Three

Step Three

  1. Lift the ice cube tray straight up to remove it from the paper.
  2. Be careful not to wiggle it as you lift it off the paper.
SHAPES AND PATTERNS – Relief Prints, Tints, Collage - Step Four

Step Four

Silicone Candy Mold

  1. Use white paint and another colour of paint.
  2. Mix colours right on the shapes to make streaks and swirls in the paint.
  3. Cover all the shapes with paint.
SHAPES AND PATTERNS – Relief Prints, Tints, Collage - Step Five

Step Five

  1. Press the mold paint side down on a piece pf paper.
  2. Apply pressure over the whole mold.
  3. Be careful not to wiggle it as you press it down on the paper.
SHAPES AND PATTERNS – Relief Prints, Tints, Collage - Step Six

Step Six

  1. Lift the mold straight up to remove it from the paper.
  2. Be careful not to wiggle it as you lift it off the paper.
SHAPES AND PATTERNS – Relief Prints, Tints, Collage - Step Seven

Step Seven

  1. Cut out each shape.
  2. Choose a piece of coloured construction paper.
  3. Arrange the shapes in a pattern.
  4. Glue the shapes to the construction paper.
  5. Explain the rule for your pattern.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  • create several relief prints of different shapes;
  • mix tints of a colour;
  • cut out shapes and glue them to paper;
  • create a simple pattern collage;
  • demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity;
  • explain the rule for their pattern.

 

Extensions

Have students:

  • explore relief printmaking using a variety of found objects;
  • create a small book of different relief prints;
  • label the prints according to the objects used to make them;
  • share their work with others.

Prepare

  1. Download and display the Colour and Value posters  available on this website.
  2. Gather and make available picture books about patterns, for example, Pattern Fish, by Trudy Harris; Pattern Bugs, by Trudy Harris; Math Counts: Pattern, by Henry Arthur Pluckrose; A-B-A-B-A―a Book of Pattern Play, by Brian P. Cleary, and Brian Gable; and Teddy Bear Patterns, by Barbara Barbieri McGrath.
  3. Review or teach simple patterns and how to identify them – A-B, A-A-B.
  4. Prior to this lesson you may want to have students explore colour mixing using primary colours and white to create a variety of new colours. 
  5. Gather a variety of silicone candy molds and ice cube trays.

Introduction

  1. Conduct a read aloud with a book such as Pattern Bugs, by Trudy Harris and identify the patterns found on a few pages.
    - review how to make a pattern
  2. Introduce the idea of printmaking to students by talking about what happens when they walk through a puddle and then onto dry ground.
    - the marks their shoes make are prints – relief prints.
  3. Explain that relief prints can be made with many different kinds of objects.
  4. Discuss the kinds of shapes found on the silicone ice cube tray and one of the candy molds – geometric or organic.
  5. Demonstrate how to make a print with one of the items.
  6. Introduce the challenge.

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Create relief prints of different shapes.
  2. Mix white with a colour to make different tints.
  3. Cut out shapes and glue them to paper.
  4. Create a simple pattern collage.
  5. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.
  6. Explain the rule for your pattern.

The Process

  1. Ensure that everyone understands the challenge.
  2. Establish success criteria with your students, for example,
    I know I am successful when I have:
    ​- made relief prints 
    - made different colours
    - made different tints
    - cut out shapes
    - glued down shapes
    - repeated shapes in a pattern

    - kept the paper in good condition
  3. Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
  4. Observe students as they work.
  5. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.

Sharing

  1. Once all the collages are complete ask students to share them in partners or small groups. 
    Ask them to:
    Look closely at the collages and how they are made.
    - Share thoughts about the work.
    - Talk about how shape and colour are used to create a pattern.
    - Identify the rule for their patterns.
    - Discuss the use of more than one colour in each shape.

    - Talk about what they like best about the process and why.
  2. Ask some students to share their ideas with the whole class.
  3. Display the collages so students can view them as a body of work throughout the next few weeks.

Assessment

  1. Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting.
  2. Observe students as they discuss their artworks – speaks with a clear voice, looks at audience while speaking, holds collage to the side, provides accurate information, answers questions from the audience effectively.
  3. Observe students as they listen – looks at presenter, asks effective questions, supports ideas with evidence found in the artwork.
  4. Use a checklist to track progress. (Downloads - Patterns_tracking.pdf)
  5. Have students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Downloads - Patterns_self-assessment.pdf)