Metal Work

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Repoussé is a metalwork technique in which a malleable metal is decorated or shaped by hammering  from the reverse side. Chasing is the opposite technique to repoussé, and the two are used in conjunction to create a finished piece. It is also known as embossing.

While repoussé is used to work on the reverse of the metal to form a raised design on the front, chasing is used to refine the design on the front of the work by sinking the metal. The term chasing is derived from the noun “chase”, which refers to a groove, furrow, channel or indentation. The adjectival form is “chased work”.

Having had a chance to experiment with this new material the grade 4 students reworked their printing designs to suit this new technique. Using the same essential questions “How do artists generate ideas and work on their ideas to create original pieces of artwork?” and ” How do artist use the elements of art?” they treid to make thier work original an use as many different elements as they could.

The Elements of Art are: Shape, Line, Colour, Texture, Space and Form.


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From their design work the grade 4 students used three different printing techniques to create their Super Print  They used layers by creating background prints and using overlapped prints on the foreground to add depth to their work. They had to be sure to work in a very organised and controlled way to keep their work space clean with help from their print buddy. This helped to keep the printing clean and the prints crisp and bold