Lesson Notes By Weeks and Term - Primary 4

Print making



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  • Meaning of printing.
  • Types of printing.
  • Suitable leaves used in printing.
  • Making prints with thumbs.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this Module, Pupils should be able to:

  • Explain the Meaning of leaf and thumbprint printing.
  • Know Suitable leaves used in printing.
  • Make prints with leaves or thumbs.


  • Pencil
  • Drawing book
  • Different colours
  • Art works
  • Explanatory posters/pictures
  • Explanatory Video

Entry Behaviour: the students have been taught the definition and types of colours.


  • Universal Basic Education Curriculum.
  • NERDC Basic Education Curriculum for primary schools.
  • Lagos State Scheme of work
  • Unified Schemes of Work Primary Schools for Cultural and Creative Arts (MIDDLE BASIC)
  • Internet Materials.
  • Cultural and Creative Arts for Primary Schools.


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���������������� Meaning of Print Making

Print making�is the creation of artistic design from which many images are made.

To perform print making us do the following:

  1. Choose a surface such as a leaf, a price of cardboard, a piece of wood, stone to be the design.
  2. Prepare the printing plate by cutting or drawing an image onto the surface.
  3. Apply ink.
  4. Press the paper onto the surface by using your hand or any flat objects.
  5. Remove the finished print from the surface to make a design.

Types of prints

There are four types of prints making. These are

  1. Relief
  2. Intaglio
  3. Lithography
  4. Stenciling

Process of relief printing

Relief printing�is a process of making printed from relief objects such as wood and leaves. We can also make relief printing by drawing your design with knife or blade on objects such as soft wood, yam, cardboard.

Thumbprint making�is the use of our thumbprints to make patterns using different colours.

Leaves�are used for making beautiful patterns in art. It is in different shapes and sizes. Some are long and slim while some are short and broad.

Leaves for printing

The vein of the leaves to be used for printing should be very large.

The vein of the leaves must be rough on the surface and be able to absorb or take in the colour or ink you are using for the pattern.

The following are some plants with broad vein

  1. Mango tree
  2. Hibiscus flower plants
  3. Cocoyam plant
  4. Guava tree
  5. Yam plants
  6. Cashew tree.

How to make prints with leaves

  1. Select the leaf you want to use.
  2. Select your colour of choice
  3. Apply colour to the surface of the leaf veins.
  4. Stamp the leaf on your paper to get your leaf pattern.
  5. Repeat pattern several times on the paper.


  • The Teacher revises the previous lesson (Colours)
  • The Teacher introduces the topic:�Print making
  • She/he explains print making deeply to the students..
  • He/she mention the suitable leaves used in making prints..
  • Teacher�leads pupils to mention the steps in making prints.
  • The pupils copy and submit their note for marking.


  • The students select a leaf of their choice and make a fine leaf pattern with two colours.
  • They use their thumb to make a beautiful print design.


Instruction: Answer the following questions below.

  • What is printmaking?
  • Mention three leaves that can be used in making a print.
  • Mention the steps of making prints with leaves.

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