- First they needed to come up with their own design idea. I no longer provided them with a specific subject prompt (like nature in the collographs or abstract symmetry with the stamps). The only guidelines they were given were that they should include pattern if possible, include perspective or depth, use at least three colors (not counting the white of the paper), and make an attempt at visual texture in their mark-making.
- Once they had the design figured out and transferred to the carving block, the next big challenge was planning out what to carve away first. To achieve the reductive block print using multiple colors, students had to plan out the color areas in advance. White areas get carved away first. Then they work from lightest to darkest color areas. With each color more of the block is carved away, essentially destroying the block by the end of the process.
There were so many great prints made that it is difficult to choose only a few, here are the "top ten" as determined by in-class critique: