This project can be adapted to almost any theme. For the examples shown, students researched endangered
fish and amphibians of the St Lawrence River. They then carefully drew their creature, paying close attention to
any patterns. Their drawings were then rendered onto Styrofoam trays using ballpoint pens to create
indentations. The trays were inked and printed. We also painted a large river backdrop. Some fish were cut out
and glued onto the river; others were numbered and mounted in the way of traditional printmaking. A legend
printed and displayed alongside explained the students’ research.
Themes: Other than Arts, the workshop incorporates elements of STEAM.
Materials: Pencil and paper, tablets or computers for research, tracing paper, printing ink, paper for printing on,
breyers. If painting a backdrop, tempera, large paper, brushes.
Grade Levels: Secondary Grades 7-11
Artist Profile: Lisa Glickman