I thought I would share a recent project my 7th graders completed. Years ago I taught a copper tooling class. I still have quite a bit of copper left over so I like to use it for projects every now and then. Students created radial designs on paper and then traced them onto copper using a steel tool. Then they selected certain areas of the design to be raised by rubbing the back of the copper with a wood tool. Unfortunately, it’s hard to see the raised areas in the photos. I gave the students the option to add color with paint markers (which they LOVE to use). I really like the designs that leave some of the copper showing. A few students chose to leave the copper which I also love. Students created a reverse value study design for the background using white colored pencil on black paper. The designs are stunning!
Each student started the project with a copper “sampler” so that they could practice tracing and raising the copper. You can see one of the samplers below . . .