A collection of what I make, what I teach and what makes me.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
High School Printmaking Unit: Post Twelve -- Stencil Prints
In an ideal situation I would have liked to introduce the students to silk-screen printing, but the room was not set up for using screens. Instead I included hand-cut stencils in the print unit. Students first drew their designs on paper, then transferred them to transparency film. The film, once cut made an ideal stencil material. It could be cleaned off and reused numerous times. This was a very experimental project that I introduced as an extra-credit assignment for students who needed a boost in their studio grade. I did not put any constraints on the project, so students made a mix of abstract and representational images; most used simple shapes.
For color, students used printing inks applied with either a brayer (for more flat coverage) or a bristle brush (for a stippled or tonal appearance).
For over fifteen years, Margaurita has been teaching art.
Margaurita’s approach to teaching is that art is a universal language, open to anyone interested in expressing themselves through creative exploration. She utilizes a mix of teaching philosophies depending on the needs of her students. She has studied a range of educational theories, including Reggio Emilia, Montessori, and Differentiated Learning, among others, and chooses parts of each to incorporate into her teaching style. She believes in teaching towards an appreciation of art and an understanding of the creative process more than a focus on the end product.
The two passions of her life—art and teaching—are fully entwined.