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Lino Monsters

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will research how artists have utilized monster or creature imagery to represent group identity and define universal themes. They will create linoleum block prints of monsters on reproduced pages from monster literature.

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Areas of Study

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Lesson Objectives

Students will research how artists have utilized monster imagery to represent group identity.

Students will understand how artists create art around universal themes.

Students will analyze universal themes of life, social responsibility, power, pain, and suffering.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Facilitate a discussion on how themes in art are used to represent, establish, reinforce, and reflect group identity.
  • Teach how to compare and contrast Käthe Kollwitz’s art to monster movie posters.
  • Show safe usage of block cutters and techniques used to create value in printmaking.
  • Demonstrate text block out techniques.

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National Standards


Create

Select, organize, and design images and words to make visually clear and compelling presentations.

VA:Cr2.3.8a

Apply relevant criteria to examine, reflect on, and plan revisions for a work of art or design in progress.

VA:Cr3.1.8a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

30 minutes

Demonstration Time

20 minutes

Student Studio Time

3 hours and 20 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Pencil, ballpoint pen, & black permanent marker
  • Powdered graphite or graphite pencil
  • Ruler
  • 5" x 7" linoleum block
  • Linoleum cutter, blades, & brayer
  • 8.5" x 11" paper
  • Monster imagery & book pages
  • Black printing ink, & baren

National Standards


Create

Select, organize, and design images and words to make visually clear and compelling presentations.

VA:Cr2.3.8a

Apply relevant criteria to examine, reflect on, and plan revisions for a work of art or design in progress.

VA:Cr3.1.8a

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Steps

Research & Discuss

Research monsters as a universal theme. Analyze Käthe Kollwitz’s artwork. Compare and contrast overlapping themes. Review universal theme guides and how they relate to the imagery of monsters or creatures.

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Instructional Materials

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History of Monsters in Film

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Universal Theme Guide

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Reference

10 Universal Themes

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Linoleum Block Safety

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Be Safe When Linocut Printmaking

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Basic Printmaking Vocabulary

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Worksheet

Venn Diagram

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Artist Bio

Käthe Kollwitz

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Reflection

Creative Process Reflection

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