mix and match blocks I’ve been doing, but today is dedicated to the kids’ work.) This project makes a fun way for the kids to experiment with issues of composition, to combine relatively small simple blocks into larger pieces with more impact, and to try out different formats.
I begin the project by showing lots and lots of examples to try to explain the idea and the range of possibilities. Then I give the students their blocks precut in a couple of different dimensions - long skinny rectangle, larger square, medium rectangles - to encourage them to try some different things and get some variety into their composition. After they’ve carved, I push them to experiment with printing multiple variations before settling on their favorite way to combine their blocks into a finished piece.
You can see here some of the variations kids have come up with. There are scenes in which the components are arranged logically to represent the real world. There are designs in which the components are arranged into medallions or patterns (usually symmetrical.) Components can be printed so that they fit right up against each other, or spread with space between. Color is another possible variable. It’s always so much fun to see all the different ways that kids address an artistic challenge.
City, print from multiple rubber blocks by AT, 2015;
Fair Food, print from multiple rubber blocks by CH, 2015;
African Animals, print from multiple rubber blocks by NF, 2015;
Print from multiple rubber blocks on fabric by 8th grader, c. 2000;
Prints from multiple rubber blocks on fabric by two 8th graders, c. 2000;
Flower Medallion, print from multiple rubber blocks by EE, 2014.]