Print Making Collographs – A Fun Art Lesson Plan for Years 3/4 on Picasso and Gilbert


Summary of Lesson Plan:

In this lesson plan student begin to explore different forms and design principles of simple print making techniques to encourage the use of imagery and texture to create unique designs. Whilst learning about different types of printmaking students also learn about printmaking artists such as Pablo Picasso and Kevin Gilbert.

Australian Curriculum Links:

Year 3 and 4 Visual Art:
  • Explore ideas and artworks from different cultures and times, including artwork by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to use as inspiration for their own representations (ACAVAM110)
  • Use materials, techniques and processes to explore visual conventions when making artworks (ACAVAM111)
  • Present artworks and describe how they have used visual conventions to represent their ideas (ACAVAM112)
  • Identify intended purposes and meanings of artworks using visual arts terminology to compare artworks, starting with visual artworks in Australia including visual artworks of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (ACAVAR113)

Lesson Plan Sequence:

Definition of a Collograph:

Cutting shapes out of heavy paper or cardboard, gluing them and other textured objects such as matchsticks, netting, string, etc to another board for backing. The entire surface is then inked/painted and printed.


Discuss the art of printmaking with students and explain that there are several types such as a collograph, linoprint, screen print, mono print and mixed media print. Introduce the artists Pablo Picasso and Kevin Gilbert. Provide students with some background information and show them some of the artist’s prints (posters in resources). Ask: What is their interpretation of the artwork? What do they like/dislike about it? Why?

Body: Making the Collograph
  1. Take a piece of cardboard.
  2. Select several 3D materials (fabric, matchsticks, string, etc) and glue onto the piece of cardboard in desired pattern/design using a mix of a small amount of PVA glue and water. Brush over the whole thing.
  3. Place on the drying rack to dry.
  4. Once it has dried select a coloured piece of paper and coloured ink/paint ready for printing.
  5. Place a small amount of ink/paint onto the plate and roll it out using a roller so that it is not too thick. Apply the ink/paint using the roller onto the collograph as best you can.
  6. Take your coloured paper and collograph and carefully place it between two pieces of paper. Be careful not to move it.
  7. Using the clean roller roll over it so that it prints the collograph design onto the piece of coloured paper. Place on the drying rack.


  • Did you enjoy this experience? Did you encounter any difficulties?
  • What do you think of your print? What do you think of others prints? Why?
  • What materials did you use to make your collograph? Why?
  • Did you choose to create a specific image or pattern or was it random?
  • What colours did you combine in your print? Where they good choices?


Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • Identify and discuss art ideas.
  • Demonstrate artistic skills, techniques and processes.
  • Respond to visual arts through reflection and evaluation.

Anecdotal notes and photographs will be used as evidence of student achievement.




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