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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Leaf Printmaking with Gelli Plates

Created on October 11, 2012 by MarciaBeckett

Using Gelli plates, students create a leaf print with a crayon rubbing background. If you don't have Gelli plates, this can be done in other ways.

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2 sessions; 40 minutes per session

1. Students will be able to use texture in an artwork.
2. Students will be able to demonstrate basic printmaking techniques.

1. Crayons
2. Paper
3. Leaves
4. Colored construction paper
5. Acrylic paint
6. Gelli printing plates
7. Texture rollers

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1. Use the sides of peeled crayons to make leaf texture rubbings. (25 min.)
2. While the kids are working, call students up to a table three at a time to make their leaf prints. (10 min. each kid)
3. Roll acrylic paint onto a Gelli plate.
4. Use texture rollers to add texture to the plate.
5. Place a leaf or two on top of the painted Gelli plate.
6. Place paper down on the plate and rub your fingers on the paper to make a print. The leaf will be a mask.
7. During the next class, students layer a colored piece of construction paper on top of their crayon rubbings. Then, layer the leaf print on top. Glue all together. They can add marker decorations if they'd like. (20 min.)

Students will be assessed based on a checklist of:
Understanding of texture rubbing
Demonstration of printmaking technique

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You can do a monoprint without the Gelli plate, but the Gelli plate works really well!


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

[K-4] Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories
[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner
[K-4] Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes

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

[K-4] Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum


Texture, Space, Shape, Form, Emphasis, Color/Value, Balance