The art classroom at Altrincham Preparatory School turned into a huge block printing press this week as Year 3 boys produced a series of striking images.
After designing their patterns at the start of term, the boys transferred their work onto polystyrene tiles, rolled on their paints, and hoped for success as they pressed the tiles firmly onto paper. As they took the tile away again to see the results, the reactions were fantastic.
“Taking the tile off and seeing what I’d made was a really exciting moment,” agreed George. “I was really pleased with how mine turned out.”
“I loved how the yellow flowers came out in mine,” added Anoop. “It was really fun from the start though - I liked designing the tile in the first place.”
“Even rolling the paint in was interesting,” said Nicholas. “You had to learn how much was needed for strong colours.”
Impressed by such a high quality of work, art and technology specialist Mrs Woodage awarded plenty of house points and A grades. But most of all, she was delighted by how quickly and enthusiastically the boys took to block printing.
“We work with different artistic materials every week, so printing is another new skill for the boys to learn, and it’s great fun,” she said. “The best moments are always when the boys peel back the printing block to see what they have made. They’re never quite sure how it’s going to turn out, but I really want them to enjoy that unpredictability. It’s another way for them to express themselves creatively, but in a more freestyle way.”