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Printing Process for Change

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will create a meaningful message through the graffiti style using printmaking techniques. They will gain an understanding of how consumable artwork affects their community utilizing a variety of resources and demonstrate their understanding through an artist statement.

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Areas of Study

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Lesson Objectives

Students will gain an understanding of how consumable artwork affects the masses.

Students will explore a variety of graffiti styles and the meanings behind the words.

Students will design a meaningful graffiti-inspired word or phrase.

Students will learn how to safely manipulate a linoleum block with a linoleum cutter.

Students will create several prints from their completed block.

Students will distribute their artwork in the community through the mail (postcards) or posted in local establishments.

Teaching Strategies

  • Facilitate a discussion about the history of consumable artwork and how publication has influenced the world.
  • Discuss how different artists and their work impacts students.
  • Guide students in brainstorming their word or phrase of choice.
  • Demonstrate how to safely utilize the linoleum block printing method.
  • Show how to ink the block and create several prints.
  • Hang the artwork and facilitate a discussion about the meaning behind each of the images.

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National Standards


Create

Demonstrate awareness of ethical implications of making and distributing creative work.

VA:Cr2.2.IIa

Demonstrate awareness of ethical implications of making and distributing creative work.

Acc.VA:Cr2.2

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

20 minutes

Demonstration Time

20 minutes

Student Studio Time

3 hours and 20 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Linoleum block
  • Lino cutters & blades
  • Bench hook
  • Block printing ink
  • Brayers
  • Ink plate
  • 4" x 6" or 8.5" x 11" white paper or transfer paper
  • Graphite pencil & eraser

National Standards


Create

Demonstrate awareness of ethical implications of making and distributing creative work.

VA:Cr2.2.IIa

Demonstrate awareness of ethical implications of making and distributing creative work.

Acc.VA:Cr2.2

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Steps

Research & Discuss Graffiti

Research the history of graffiti art, why artists create it, and how they embed meaning in their work. Discuss how mass-produced artwork is shared and analyze the impact it has on the community and world. View a demonstration on how to cut a linoleum block.

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Instructional Materials

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56 Graffiti and Street Artists

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Graffiti & Street Art Techniques

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Creating Tag Letters

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Graffiti & Street Art Topics

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How To Create a Relief Print

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Artist Statement Flow Chart

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Graffiti & Street Art Vocabulary

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Guiding Questions for Graffiti Art

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Graffiti Alphabet

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Critique

Graffiti Critique

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