Printmaking is about translating ideas into shapes and textures, transferring images, and making multiple copies of the same image. As one fifth grader said, "You don't make the picture directly; you have to draw it on the block, cut it, then ink and print it before you get the image." Students learn different kinds of printmaking processes at different grade levels, including monoprint, styrofoam relief printing, collagraph, and E-Z Carve relief block printing. Each type of printmaking uses different materials to make the image, but with all of them students to learn how much ink to apply, how to mix and layer ink colors, how to make a clean, clear print, and how to work with an image that gets reversed. The challenge for students is to figure out their own ways to use each material to create a printing plate or block that will effectively reproduce their ideas.