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Multiple Level Lesson Plan

Block Printing

Created on September 30, 2011 by CaptureCreativity

Easy block printing project using styrofoam. Great results for all skill levels.

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5 sessions; 45 minutes per session

1. SWBAT understand and utilize basic printmaking techniques.

1. Printing Ink
2. Ink Rollers
3. Ink Well (to transfer ink to rollers; paper plates work fine)
4. Printing Block (we used styrofoam)
5. Sketch Paper (for practice designs)
6. Pencils or Ballpoint Pens (for creating and transferring the design)
7. Construction Paper (multiple colors for panels)
8. Mounting Paper (to adhere the colored panels to)
9. Glue (to adhere panels to mounting paper)

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1. Decide on a size for the mounting paper.
—This will be the final size of the work
—We used 24x12in paper
2. Divide your paper up into equal sections.
—This will determine the size of the printing block and panels
—We used 6X3in rectangles (16 panels; 2 columns with 8 rows each)
3. Cut stryrofoam blocks into the chosen panel size
4. Cut multiple colors of construction paper into chosen panel size
1. Choose a word to design.
—We chose any art related terms (artists, movements, elements, etc.)
2. Generate multiple practice sketches.
3. Select final design.
4. Transfer final design to styrofoam.
—Make sure to transfer the design backwards onto the printing block!
—You can trace the design backwards onto the strofoam (by pressing)
—You can also use windows to do a light transfer
5. Fill/press all negative space on your block.
—All raised areas will receive color, pressed areas will be left blank
—Use a ballpoint pen to press all areas without color.
6. Before printing, get your final printing paper ready.
—Select your pre-cut color panels (we did 3 colors max)
—Fill your mounting paper (in any pattern) with your selected panels
—Glue panels and let dry
7. Print!
—Fill roller with ink (don't go too crazy here)
—Roll ink onto your block
—Place block onto individual panels (press evenly)
—Repeat when your block runs out of ink
8. Let Dry.
9. Hang for all to see!

Students are assessed on a rubric that is given out before the project. They are graded on a scale of 0-3 for categories including: Craft, Use of Materials and Technique, and Use of Class Time.

1. Be sure to discuss the history of printmaking for historical context and understanding!
2. Make sure you (as the instructor) create a couple examples before letting the kids try their hand at it. This will ensure that sure you have a solid grasp on the process.


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

[K-4] Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes
[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner

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

Visual Arts Standard 5:
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

[5-8] Students compare multiple purposes for creating works of art
[9-12 Proficient] Students describe meanings of artworks by analyzing how specific works are created and how they relate to historical and cultural contexts
[9-12 Proficient] Students identify intentions of those creating artworks, explore the implications of various purposes, and justify their analyses of purposes in particular works

Visual Arts Standard 6:
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

[9-12 Proficient] Students compare the materials, technologies, media, and processes of the visual arts with those of other arts disciplines as they are used in creation and types of analysis

Katsushika Hokusai, Andy Warhol

Asian Art, Pop Art

Balance, Color/Value, Rhythm/Pattern

Ink, Paper, Printmaking

History/Social Studies

  • jfrisco 08/25/2012 at 01:13pm
    This is great! For my elementary students I may adjust to assembling the plates AFTER printing to avoid tears. That way they could choose their favorite 12 of 20 or something similar. :)