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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Pop Art Printed Portraits

Created on May 20, 2013 by ArtEngine

This activity offers students the opportunity to explore the mass production and color layering of printmaking while using their self-portrait as the subject matter. Andy Warhol Powerpoint resource can be used to introduce during the motivation of your lesson.

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4 sessions; 45 minutes per session

SWBAT create an observational self-portrait in simple line on a styrofoam plate.
SWBAT understand the tools and process for successful printmaking.
SWBAT explore with color layering through the printing process.
SWBAT define an "artist print" and embellish a print with pattern and oil pastel.
SWBAT define repetition and variety.
SWBAT discuss Pop Art by Andy Warhol and use descriptive terms to justify their comments.

1. styrofoam printing plates 5x7 inches.
2. black, magenta, turquoise, yellow and white printing inks mixed into sets of warm and cool colors.
3. brayers
4. plexi glass or trays for rolling out ink
5. Colored, White and black paper 6x8 inches. Thin, smooth fadeless paper works best.
6. Dull pencils for drawing in styrofoam.

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1. Using a mirror, have students draw an observation self-portrait on 5x7 paper then copy onto a styrofoam plate. If time is an issue, omit drawing on paper and go right to the plate.
2. Use black ink for the first session to practice using the brayer and the whole process of printing. Black ink looks stunning on colored paper. Let students explore a printing on different colored papers. Reflect with students by asking them to share successful printing strategies and what worked and what was difficult.
3. During the second session, put out 3-4 warm colors of printing ink. Have students explore layering a variety of colors. Choose to print on black or white paper.
4. During the third session, use cool colored inks.
5. During the fourth session, have students sign and number their prints in pencil. Discuss what an Artist Print is and Demonstrate that to create an AP you can use oil pastels to embellish the poorly printed ones with pattern and added details. Have students choose their four favorite prints (one should be the AP) and collage them together forming one work of art. See images for finished collage.
6. Sessions can be cut by choosing to lead only one class with a variety of colored inks.

Students will be assessed on their use of the printing tools and their quality of prints created. The finished product is a display of an array of their work. Students will be asked to share and discuss their technique with the class using appropriate language and printing terms.

Andy Warhol POP ART powerpoint.

Printing allows students to feel free and less anxious about creating a quality work of art. The process can be repeated until they feel comfortable with their technique and are satisfied with their finished works.


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
[K-4] Students describe how different materials, techniques, and processes cause different responses

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[K-4] Students describe how different expressive features and organizational principles cause different responses

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

[K-4] Students know that the visual arts have both a history and specific relationships to various cultures
[K-4] Students identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times, and places
[K-4] Students demonstrate how history, culture, and the visual arts can influence each other in making and studying works of art
[5-8] Students describe and place a variety of art objects in historical and cultural contexts

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

[K-4] Students understand there are various purposes for creating works of visual art
[K-4] Students understand there are different responses to specific artworks
[K-4] Students describe how people's experiences influence the development of specific artworks
[5-8] Students describe and compare a variety of individual responses to their own artworks and to artworks from various eras and cultures
[5-8] Students compare multiple purposes for creating works of art
[5-8] Students analyze contemporary and historic meanings in specific artworks through cultural and aesthetic inquiry

Andy Warhol

Pop Art

Color/Value, Rhythm/Pattern, Unity/Harmony, Variety

Drawing, Printmaking


  • jbucher 05/23/2013 at 09:17am
    What grade did you do this with? I like the idea of printing on Black with the rainbow roll!
    You could do this same process and focus on flowers or endangered animal series.

  • MReileArtEd 05/27/2013 at 05:28am
    I recently did a similar project with yarn printing. Create simple line drawings on cardboard scraps, glue yarn onto the drawing so that the image is raised. My students painted the yarn with paintbrushes, then printed on white paper. An affordable process for those of us who don't have the budget to purchase styrofom printing plates.

  • mtnbrooke7 05/27/2013 at 05:45am
    I love printmaking. This looks like fun!

  • MrsImpey 05/28/2013 at 12:32am
    Where do you get your styrofoam from? Do you buy it from an art provider or do you scrounge for to-go boxes? I hate to buy it because it seems so expensive, but I tried to get to-go boxes donated this year for a styrofoam printing project and all the places I went to made me pay for them!

  • lhARTz 05/28/2013 at 12:49pm
    I love this! I always print with my student but I like adding embellishments with oil pastel!