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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Gelli Plate Collages

Created on June 04, 2015 by MrsImpey

Students create multiple monotype prints using Gelli plates. They create ghost prints and layer printed to get multiple effects. Student then cut their prints apart and collage them together to create a unified piece of art.

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10 sessions; 40 minutes per session

1. SWBAT create an individual artwork that has a focal point.
2. SWBAT create multiple mono-type prints using Gelli plates.
3. SWBAT combine art techniques to create one unified artwork.
4. SWBAT demonstrate drawing and shading skills.

1. Gelli plates (various sizes)
2. Printing ink
3. Brayers
4. Assorted monotype tools (yarn, feathers, plastic canvas, stencils, stamps, etc.)
5. Scissors
6. Glue
7. Pencils (or other drawing media)
8. Baby wipes (optional: for cleaning gelli plates after use)

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Days 1-5: Demonstrate to students how to create a print and a ghost print using a gelli plate. Ink the plate and lay down various materials, such as feathers, yarn, etc. Pull a print, remove the items and them pull a second print, which is the ghost print. Also encourage students to layer prints on top of each other. Each day, I had students work with a different size/shape Gelli plate so they had an assortment of shapes to work with.

Days 6-10: Students take all of their prints and collage them together to make a unified artwork. Be sure to review focal points/emphasis.

See attached packet for rubric.

I used this project toward the end of the year as our last 2-D art project. My students were also required to add additional drawing/shading to their pieces, as shading was a skill we worked on ALL YEAR.


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 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[9-12 Proficient] Students create artworks that use organizational principles and functions to solve specific visual arts problems

Emphasis, Texture, Unity/Harmony

Collage, Drawing, Printmaking

  • RuthByrne 01/18/2016 at 10:14am
    Love this, do you make your own gelatin plates?