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Middle [6th-8th] Lesson Plan

Pop Art Self-Portrait Prints

Created on May 23, 2013 by CatyO55

A printmaking lesson plan that focuses on the Pop Art movement and Andy Warhol's colorful style of depicting people.

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6 sessions; 80 minutes per session

1. SWBAT identify the positive and negative space within their project.
2. SWBAT identify printmaking tools.
3. SWBAT successfully create a printing block out of linoleum.
4. SWBAT analyze the color theory of their prints to successfully create a final composition.

1. Digital Camera
2. Printer
3. Linoleum
4. Lino Carving Tools
5. Pencil
6. Block Printing Ink
7. Colored Construction Paper
8. Brayers
9. Scissors
10. Tape
11. Permanent Markers

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1. Take a digital photo of each student.
2. Print photos (black and white is fine). It's easiest if you print the photos the same size as the linoleum blocks you have.
3. Trace contour lines directly on photo with pencil.
4. Flip photo over onto linoleum and color the whole paper in with pencil to transfer the contour lines to the linoleum.
5. Trace contour lines on linoleum with permanent marker.
6. Carve out the negative spaces on the linoleum.
7. Test print and adjust any areas as needed.
8. Print image on with a variety of ink colors on a variety of different colored papers.
9. Create a frame by cutting holes out of a piece of large construction paper to fit the exact size of linoleum used.
10. Tape final prints to the back in a balanced composition.

Students will be assessed based on the attached rubric.

The kids got really excited about experimenting with different colored inks. I highly recommend providing enough time for them to explore various coloring layering/overlapping/dripping/etc.


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

[5-8] Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas

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

[5-8] Students analyze, describe, and demonstrate how factors of time and place (such as climate, resources, ideas, and technology) influence visual characteristics that give meaning and value to a work of art
[5-8] Students describe and place a variety of art objects in historical and cultural contexts
[5-8] Students know and compare the characteristics of artworks in various eras and cultures

Andy Warhol

Pop Art



  • ltucker 05/27/2013 at 08:05am
    I don't do nearly enough printmaking, but this looks like something my students would love! Thanks for a great lesson!

  • gkmelton 05/27/2013 at 11:22am
    I like this! What size lino did you use? Thanks.

  • gini55 05/27/2013 at 02:16pm
    love this, thanks!

  • MrsImpey 05/28/2013 at 12:31am
    have you ever tried this by having students draw a self-portrait of themselves using a mirror? And try printing on tissue paper! That's what I have my 6th graders print on...I think it uses less paper waste and they have more color choices to print on for a background.

  • CatyO55 05/28/2015 at 10:33pm
    I use 4x6 inch easy-cut lino blocks.

    I have them draw from a mirror for a different project, but find that they get super stressed out if we free-hand draw for these prints. For many of my students, this is the first time they have used linoleum so the focus here is the carving and printing (positive vs. negative space, etc), rather than observational drawing so that they don't get too hung up on the stress of drawing an accurate portrait.

    Thanks for the tissue paper suggestion. I'll have to try that out!