After my success with reduction printing using printing foam with grade twos last year, I was keen to try this technique again with an older group of students. These tri-colour prints were completed last term by my grade five students.
We began with a lot of work on self-portrait drawing. (I will post some of the results of these original drawing sessions soon).
Once each student had completed a self portrait drawing in pencil, I reduced their drawings on a photocopier and had each student trace the outline only of their drawing onto a small piece of printing foam. The procedure for printing was the same as that of the fruit prints by grade twos.
This is not a quick or easy project, but with perseverance children can produce some pretty sophisticated results - and it's still easier and safer than lino printing.