Recently in Art Class, we have been working on “Printing“. Printing is a process for reproducing text and images using a Master form or Template. And for this Project, we have used a template. First, we had to think of a design. And for Practice, we drew lots of design’s from lots of Culture. Next, we learned the “Positive Space” and the “Negative Space”. Then we drew the design we made, then we started carving the Template. After we finished Carving our design, we did some Test Printing. Test Printing is when you test if the Printing works. After we did the Test Printing, we then started to Print on different Colours of Paper. And we used different kinds of Ink.
I don’t really know what Culture design/pattern I was specifically influenced by. But if I picked, I think it would be the design/pattern from Japan. And my main pattern on my template is the Japan Flag. So I think I had some patterns in my mind that I wanted to Carve. I mostly think that I was influenced by this design/pattern from Japan.
And this is my Template I carved!!!
After I finished printing, I put all my Prints together and glued it on a Black Sheet of Paper! The Japan Flags in the Middle Intersect. We printed with various amount of Colour! ( I had 3 more!)
The most Challenging part in this project was Carving the Template. Because our Art teacher Mr. Reed, had warned us a few times that, we will be only given 1 Template, so you can only carve the front and the backside. Which means that we only had 2 chances and we can’t make a mistake. So I was first really nervous when I started Carving. But after I started carving for about 10 minutes, I started getting used to carving. And fortunately, I didn’t make any big mistakes.
My Problem during this Project was that , I couldn’t decide if I was finished or if I wasn’t finished carving. I couldn’t decide because, I was scared if I had to carve more or if I made a mistake and had to restart on the backside. My solution for this problem was asking people. So I went asking my Class mates if they thought that my Template was finished or not. And all of the People I asked said that I was finished, so I was really relieved.
This year in Art Class, I learned a lot of things that will help me in 7th grade, 8th grade and so on. So I will describe some things that I thought was really helpful.
The first thing I thought was really helpful is how to do/make Gradation. I think that this will be helpful in the next few grades because, you can use Gradation in lots of kind of Paintings/Drawing. For example, I used Gradation in my Portrait painting last Project.
The second thing I thought was really helpful was Shades. We learned making shading/shades in the first Project, where we drew our selves (Self Portrait). I think this really helps because, it makes it look like its 3D. So lots of people used this Shading technique in the First Project.
The last thing I thought was really helpful was Carving. We learned this in the Project we just finished. I thought this was really helpful because, I thought that we are going to do more Printing Projects in the next few years. And we might do it when we grow up. Not for like a School Assignment. But we might just do it for fun.
Through this year, I loved doing all of these Art Projects we did and Art Class was Super Fun! I learned lots of stuff and I think that it is going to be really helpful for the next few years and maybe more. I really look forward to the next 7th grade Art Class!