I have recently gotten a substantial grant to buy art supplies. I have been debating on what to buy with this money. One thing I would love to buy are printmaking supplies for the upper elementary students. Now I know the easiest thing to do is to just make prints with Styrofoam, but I would love to do something more complex with my 4th and 5th grade students. When I taught middle school, I used EZ cut printmaking blocks. I thought this was rather easy and had no problem with it. What does everyone think about doing real printmaking with sharp gouges with upper elementary students? Is it too dangerous for them? I would love everyone's opinion.
The pictures I put on this post are printmaking examples from my middle school students from several years ago.