Foil Printing

A. Wills
Multiple Subject Teacher

In this visual arts lesson, students will create a print using paint on foil then add detail to the print.

Grade Level: K - 2nd


Length of Time: About 20 Minutes

Objectives & Outcomes

Learners will be able to demonstrate planning skills in addition to basic art skills. Certain designs can be assigned or a free form art project can be an option.

Materials Needed

  • Aluminum foil cut to a size slightly bigger than the paper being used
  • Card stock
  • Tempera paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Embellishments and markers (optional)


Opening to Lesson

Begin by asking students if they have ever seen a copy made or a tee shirt being printed. Explain that a print is basically ink or paint (or whatever) on one surface that is transferred to another. Tell students that they will be making a print of their own.

Body of Lesson

  • Have students paint a picture on the foil. Make sure the paint is thick enough so that it does not dry quickly.
  • After the picture is complete have students gently press a piece of cardstock onto the foil.
  • Lift the cardstock straight up.
  • The picture will be printed on the paper.
  • Now have students use embellishments or markers to add extra detail to the print once it has dried.
  • If desired, let the students ‘print’ several of the same picture to create several versions of the same piece with varying embellishments and designs.


Display all prints in the classroom or hallway. If several prints are made consider letting students create a collage of the various alterations.

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Assessment & Evaluation

Students will be assessed both on participation and final project (appropriateness, creativity, etc.)

Modification & Differentiation

Students with certain disabilities may need extended time or to create smaller projects. Some students may need help lifting the print.

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