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Conveying Emotions

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Description

Students will explore the qualities of Abstract Expressionism and the way lines, shapes, and colors are used to express emotions. They will use printmaking techniques to produce a linocut inspired by the emotions they feel about a place.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will analyze the work of Abstract Expressionists, considering the form, subject, and emotions expressed.

Students will learn printmaking and examine how to use linocut tools effectively.

Students will identify how a place can bring out various emotions.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Introduce the qualities of Abstract Expressionism, including form, subject, and the emotions expressed.
  • Demonstrate how to use linocut tools properly and explain the process of printmaking.
  • Discuss how certain places can bring out emotions that could be negative and/or positive based on memories.
  • Explain how color, shape, and line can combine to depict emotions in a particular place.

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National Standards


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Apply visual organizational strategies to design and produce a work of art, design, or media that clearly communicates information or ideas.

VA:Cr2.3.7a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

30 minutes

Demonstration Time

45 minutes

Student Studio Time

2 hours and 20 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Soft linoleum block
  • Water soluble inks
  • Linoleum cutters
  • Wax paper
  • Painter's tape or masking tape
  • 7" x 10" mixed media paper
  • Palette knife & brayer
  • Pencil & eraser

National Standards


Create

Apply visual organizational strategies to design and produce a work of art, design, or media that clearly communicates information or ideas.

VA:Cr2.3.7a

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Steps

Explore Abstract Expressionism

Explore the qualities of Abstract Expressionism, Color Field painting, and the work of Helen Frankenthaler. Discuss the way she used color, shape, and line to express places and emotions.

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Artist Bio

Helen Frankenthaler

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Color Field Painting

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Be Safe When Linocut Printmaking

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What is Abstract Expressionism?

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Abstracting a Landscape

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Reflection

Reflective Artist Statement Guide

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