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PrintMAKING Memories

Fourth and Fifth graders at Maury Elementary School (1250 Constitution Ave. NE) explored the art of printmaking by creating linocuts of their personal identity symbols. Linocut is a technique in which a sheet of linoleum is used for a relief surface. A design is cut into the surface using a gauge, a chisel with a V-shaped blade. Ink is rolled onto the block using a brayer. The un-carved areas will not be inked and will be negative space when the print is pulled. Then the block is pressed against fabric or paper. This can be done either by hand, as the students did, or by using a printing press. The technique was originally executed on wood. Maury students used rubber blocks, as they require less pressure to cut – but there was still an exciting whiff of danger in working with potentially dangerous tools. Because printmaking allows the artist to pull multiple original works of art, there is a long tradition of trading prints within the arts community.

Maury art instructor, Lauren Bomba, developed the project In lieu of a yearbook. Her thinking: “Just as a message in a yearbook immortalizes a moment in time, these personal images serve as a visual history for the student’s future-self to look back on.” Students had total freedom in composing the images, but were instructed to ask themselves the question, “what image will best represent my 4th or 5th grade self?” Family pets, team logos, favorite foods, geometric abstractions, flights of whimsy – the unique responses reflect the students’ diverse perspectives and interests.

After designing and carving, students pulled dozens of high contrast prints to serve as “creative currency” for a lively print exchange. Students delighted in acquiring art they had admired throughout the process – and mementos of special friendships. A lasting impression was made on both the cardstock paper and one another as these resilient kids wrapped up another memorable year together.

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Amare 4th

Angelina 5th

Annie 4th

Benson 4th

Bix 5th

Brandon 4th

CeCe 4th

Charlott 4th

Cy 4th

Delilah 4th

Elijah 4th

Evelyn 5th

Gus 4th

Henry 4th

Jack 4th

Jack 4th

Jadia 4th

Josh 4th

Josh 5th

Joshua 4th

Kai 5th

Kasiah 5th

Leo 5th

Luca 4th

Lydia 4th

Maddie 4th

Max 4th

Miley 5th

Nora 4th

Nyrie 4th

Patrick 4th

Peyton 5th

Quazi 4th

Rose 4th

Sally 4th

Sebastian 5th

Shea 4th

Sydney 5th

Taylor 5th

Zarria 4th

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