Art 8: Printing patterns

In the last class before the summer break we made graphic art inspired by Escher (the Dutch artist who worked with graphic patterns). Children created their own printing stamps so they could print repeated patterns with them. First they drew animal silhouettes that would become shapes for the printing stamps (imaginary animals or animals based on a realistic model). Then they printed the stamps in two colours. Inspired by Escher’s tiling examples, the children distributed the stamps on paper in a similar way to the artist.
What can you see around the repeated forms? When one looks closely, other (animal) shapes are emerging in the counter (negative) forms.