Teaching Materials - Exercise

One-sided graphic prints

Name of Artist Educator: Chan Pak Kin
Excercise Category: Technical exercise

A lot of people see art as something distant, and think that creating an art work requires sophisticated thinking, ideas and skills......

Concept / Inspiration:

A lot of people see art as something distant, and think that creating an art work requires sophisticated thinking, ideas and skills. For students who just have their first taste in art, such notion would no doubt deter them from creating art. This exercise wishes to demystify art and free students from all these assumptions and obstacles – they will not have to give the work a purpose, a meaning, they will disregard any plans for composition and colour arrangement. There is no preparation work required – mind or physical, they only have to enjoy playing with paints and all the materials at hand. The result will be full of surprises which will motivate students to create.


  1. To let students experience a carefree art-making process, they will understand that this is also an approach to create art, which will further motivate them to create.
  2. To let students realise that they can also create work that are visually stunning.

Materials / Equipment:

  • A4 size paper
  • Plastic folder / folder pocket (at least 1 for each student)
  • Masking tape
  • Leaf
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sponge
  • Painting brush
  • Double-sided tape
  • Craft foam (1 pack)
  • Foam board
  • oil-based marker pen
  • Scissors / cutter



Workshop Description:

Part One l Coloured print by Acrylic paint

  1. Fix the plastic folder on table by masking tape. 【Image 1】
  2. Pour paint on the plastic folder, use sponge or painting brush to colour the it; different patterns can be created with the sponge. 【Image 2 & Image 3】
  3. Place objects with a flat surface (such as leaf or palm) on the coloured plastic sheet, the objects can also be painted to show the details and texture of the object on the sheet, use the pointed end of the brush or finger to outline blank space on the sheet. 【Image 4】
  4. Cover the plastic folder with a piece of A4 paper and press evenly, a simple print is done.

Note: After students finish their work, instructor can encourage students to recreate the work with simple tricks, for example, they may cut the work into different shapes and do a collage, or draw on it.

【Image 1】

【Image 2】

【Image 3】


Part Two l Craft foam stamp
1. Ask students to create an image. As the cutting on the particular material is difficult, student could focus on designing lines and shapes instead of filling too much detail. 【Image 5 & Image 6】
2. Draw out the image on a craft foam and use scissors or cutter to cut the silhouette of the image out from the foam.
3. Use double-sided tape to stick the cropped craft foam on a foam board. 【Image 7】
4. Colour the craft foam with an oil-based marker pen. 【Image 8】
5. Blow the stamp gently to adjust the humidity of the paint for a clearer image.

【Image 5】

【Image 6】

【Image 7】

【Image 8】



Lam Yuen Ching

Wong Yuen Lam