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In sculpture a raised image projecting from a flat background. Relief sculpture is that which is not free-standing. According to the prominence of the image, such sculptures are usually classified as high, medium, or low relief. In printmaking relief printing is the oldest technique. Areas are gouged out of a block of wood or other surface, leaving a raised image. Areas cut away will remain blank on the printed paper after the raised surface has been covered in ink and an impression taken. A wide range of materials can be used to make blocks or plates including stone, wood, potatoes and lino (see also woodcut and wood engraving).

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Do, draw and make!

Do, draw and make!

From building dens to food faces – enjoy our Playful Portraits activities and find out about some brilliant people!

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Healthcare Heroes

Activities for children and families inspired by three healthcare heroes from our Collection.

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Downloadable and web based resources to support learning at home linked to art, history, citizenship and literacy.

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