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Art and Picture Books

The content on this guide was created by Bill Glaister, Former Curriculum Lab Coordinator. He developed the lists and projects, then tested them in Southern Alberta schools.

Art Activity in Action:


Sample Activity

"A Remainder of One" by Elinor J. Pinczes; Illustrated by Bonnie Mackain


  • Definition: Printmaking involves three steps: Cutting some shapes into an object, applying ink to the raised surfaces, and pressing the image onto paper.
  • Related Terms: Relief print, woodcuts, potato prints, block prints, linoleum cuts, lithography, intaglio.

Instructions For Making Your Own Plasticine Printmaking Artwork

  • Pick Your Favorite Drawing
    • Pick one part of the drawing and recreate it.
    • In this example, the author has picked a mushroom and some grass:

  • Flatten one side of your Plasticine out, and press your shape into the flat side, using a pen or stick. You can also roll out Plasticine snakes to created your raised image. Remember that in printmaking, only the raised parts are printed.


  • Apply a very small amount of paint to the raised surfaces, or use a stamp pad:

  • Press the image onto the paper. Do this more than once and make some patterns:

  • Create some more prints. These will be used for our sun pattern:

  • When the paint dries, you can colour the rest of your drawing:

  • If students have trouble with printmaking, have them start with simple shapes to create pattens. We are inspired by the flower printmaking on page 4 of "Summer" by Steven Schnur, illustrated by Leslie Evans:

  • We make our simple shapes:


  • And use them to create our flowers:

  • Afterwards, clean paint off the Plasticine, and mash it up for your next printmaking creations.

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