I'm not a Print Making kind of guy! I never took a print making class in college. I hate messes.
That being said...there are things we don't love to teach, but we teach them...because the kids need us to expose them to a wide array of art making....because it is in the curriculum...because we need to challenge ourselves to be better than we are & face our fears!!
When I started teaching almost 20 yrs ago...I didn't even know what a collograph print was?!?! Thank goodness for connections!!! The art gang helped me through it...and taught me the ways of print making.
Since we have been doing a space"ish" theme as of late...I decided to do a mini-unit on Stars/Suns. We look at a variety of artistically done suns from around the world....and I encouraged my students to be unique in the designing of their suns. I allowed my students to use yarn & a thick card stock paper(donated ..not sure what exactly it is). They created them last week and printed them this week. I did not seal them or anything...as was suggested by one of my friends. (she recommended that because the paper absorbs some of the ink) I think they were ok without it. I set up an area in my room with 5 printing stations. I got the class started on another sun project..and then called five students at a time to print. This works best for me....you do what you need to do to make it work for you! It was more controlled this way..and I could keep an eye on the students printing & the rest of the class. I'm really happy with the results! THE KIDS LOVED IT!!