My focus has been on trying to do a bit of print-making. I have enjoyed thinking about how I have taught myself to do this and to think about my own learning. I know I forget what it's like to be a student every time I spend a day at some sort of professional development - how exhausted are we after just one day of sitting there concentrating? In contrast to what I imagined I'd need to do my approach has been to try and just work it out by doing. I have looked at lino prints in books or online and sat there thinking out how it could be achieved. I've enjoyed chatting with art teachers, the owners of a local art shop and playing with things in my head. Then following a few conversations and thinking a possible process through I was ready to give it a go. I just thought I'd learn by doing, take on board my mistakes and learn from them. The process has been rewarding and below shows the series of steps I went through. I have absolutely no idea if the process is the right process but I'm happy enough with the final product and the enjoyment I've experienced in the process. The question I have as I reflect on my lessons is what opportunity do I give for my students to learn like this? The challenge therefore is to think of ways I can and reading "why floundering is good" it seems there's plenty of benefits to nutting things out - a "hidden efficacy" through understanding the structure of problems, not just the correct solution.
For myself, now comes the time for further refining...that's life as a learner I suppose, do we ever really reach the destination, and isn't the fun is in the journey as well?!
Step 1 - I drew the outline of the picture I had in my head on the lino
Step 2 - I used small carving tools to remove lino to leave the image I wanted to print.
Step 3 - I used a roller to roll on the paint
Step 4 - printed onto paper and peeled the lino back to reveal my first lino print creation.