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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Pop Art Reduction Prints

Created on January 19, 2014 by MrsImpey

This lesson was used in a printmaking class and a studio art class at the high school level.

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10+ sessions; 40 minutes per session

1. SWBAT identify the characteristics of Andy Warhol's pop art print.
2. SWBAT demonstrate how to safely carve a linoblock.
3. SWBAT create 10 prints using the reduction print process.

1. Linoblock
2. Pencil
3. Paper
4. Sharpie
5. Tracing paper
6. Linoblock carving tools
7. Brayers
8. Print ink
9. Mat board
10. Mat board cutter
11. Printmaking paper

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Day 1: Give students an article/watch a video clip about Andy Warhol. Fill out the print notes. Discuss pop art and give students a homework assignment: bring in 3 objects from home that could be used in contemporary pop art.

Day 2: Critique the objects. Students pick one that they will use for their print. Draw it out and then having students transfer it to their linoblock.

Day 3: Have students plan their print process (see my blog post below about how to plan it using tracing paper).

Day 4-10: Begin the print process. Print a solid print of the block before carving (10 of them), then carve off the first layer. Continue, making prints on top of prints until the entire print is complete.

Day 11: Demonstrate how to measure and cut a mat board. Students should spend the class period measuring their mat boards.

Day 12-13: Students cut their boards using a mat board cutter and mount their work.

See attached rubric on the Andy Warhol notes.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[9-12 Proficient] Students conceive and create works of visual art that demonstrate an understanding of how the communication of their ideas relates to the media, techniques, and processes they use
[9-12 Proficient] Students apply media, techniques, and processes with sufficient skill, confidence, and sensitivity that their intentions are carried out in their artworks

Visual Arts Standard 4:
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

[9-12 Proficient] Students describe the function and explore the meaning of specific art objects within varied cultures, times, and places

Andy Warhol

Pop Art

Color/Value, Shape, Variety


History/Social Studies