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Level: High School Art Education Lesson Plan
Art Elements: Line and Space
Art Skills: Drawing, Printmaking, Composition
Art History: Block Printing
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Too many times, we limit our students when we do printmaking. It seems like we never go beyond a 6″ x 9” linoleum block, and I rarely see any creative ideas. I decided one year that it was time to challenge my students with printmaking–we needed to go huge.
I got out the roll of linoleum, and started cutting 3-foot sections on which my students could work. They rose to the challenge, we got some great prints, and I’ve been doing the project ever since. Through trial and error, I have figured out two important things: always use two people to make the prints–it makes everything so much easier to handle, and be patient. If you want quality work, it will take a while; but if you (and your students) have patience with this project, you will get amazing results.
If you’d like to see the 2-person printing technique in action, along with a lot of other cool printmaking ideas for high school, make sure you check out my presentation at the AOE Winter 2015 Conference. See below for some larger examples of finished work!
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