This week, Year 5 have been finishing their Ancient Greek inspired reduction prints using polystyrene relief printing blocks. Pupils first drew out their designs and then transferred them on to the printing blocks. Lines within the design were pressed down with a pencil meaning that other areas were raised.
Pupils attempted to print with three ink colours. After each colour, the printing plate was cut away or ‘reduced’ before printing the second colour and then reduced further before printing the third colour; each time the block was carefully lined up with the previous print. Colours were printed from lightest to darkest and some areas of the print should have three layers of ink. It is quite complex and Year 5 did a really good job.
Please view our gallery below for some lovely examples: