Celtic Art Reduction Prints

Ms. Dunn’s artists learned about traditional art from Ireland and Britain, as well as a fun art method known as reduction printing, with this colorful project.  The Celts were a cultural group who settled in Europe in the 7th or 8th century B.C, and they were – and still are – known for their magnificent art. Before battle, Celtic warriors would often paint beautiful image of knots, spirals, swirls and animals on their bodies, believing it would bring them luck.  Students chose an image to draw into printing foam, and printed it once.  Then they washed off their foam and carved more patterns and designs into it, and printed it with a contrasting color on top of their first print.  This is called a reduction print.