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RELATIONSHIPS IN PRINT

Inspired by the art of Mary Cassatt Integrated Lesson Plan by Mary Franco LTC 4240 Art for Children Big Idea: Throughout time and across cultures, people have been concerned with RELATIONSHIPS of all kinds. Key Concepts: Relationships exist between people, places, and/or things Relationships carry meaning and are meaningful Relationships can be expressed and communicated through art Essential Questions: What makes relationships meaningful? What kinds of meaning do different relationships convey? How have artists communicated ideas about relationships in their art? Preparation: To prepare for meaningful art making, conduct a VTS discussion about one or more of the Mary Cassatt images at the top of this page Supplies: 6 x 9 newsprint paper 6 x 9 Scratch Foam Pencil & eraser Masking tape Ballpoint pen Crayola or other watercolor markers with conical tips 9 x 12 white paper for printing Shallow pan of clean water for dampening paper Clean bath towel for blotting paper Drying area

RELATIONSHIPS IN PRINT Integrated Lesson Plan by Mary Franco


Design Challenge: Create a simple drawing of a common, everyday relationship on a 6 x 9 piece of newsprint. This relationship can be human to human, human to animal, human to object, animal to object, object to object, human to place, animal to place, etc. The possibilities are endless! Procedure #1: Creating the Print Plate After your drawing is complete: 1. Use masking tape to tape the newsprint drawing face-up onto a 6 x 9 piece of Scratch Foam along the top edge only. 2. Use a ballpoint pen to trace over all of the drawing lines, pressing firmly. This will imprint the drawing into the surface of the Scratch Foam plate. Lift the drawing periodically to see that you have traced all areas of the drawing. 3. Remove newsprint drawing from the Scratch Foam plate and discard after all parts of the drawing have been traced. Procedure #2: Printing the Plate 1. Ink the plate by using conical tip watercolor markers (like Crayola) to color in desired spaces of the print plate. Set aside. 2. Dip a sheet of white printing paper into clear water. Blot both sides with a clean towel Paper should be damp; not too wet or too dry. 3. Place inked print place face-down in the center of the damp paper. Press down firmly with hands, making sure that all surface areas of the plate have made contact with the damp paper. 4. Be sure hands are clean; then, carefully pull the plate from the surface of the damp paper. 5. Either re-ink the plate using the same colors in the same areas or rinse the plate off, dry thoroughly, and ink with different colors for a second print. 6. Place damp prints aside to dry. When completely dry, sign and number each print with pencil. Assessment: In pairs, reflect up and discuss the following questions in relation to your completed work: Think about the following: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. What RELATIONSHIP(s) have you depicted in your art work? What artistic choices did you make in creating this art work? How did these choices add meaning to the RELATIONSHIP you depicted? -What problems did you encounter in the creation of this work & how did you solve them? How might you integrate this studio activity into non-art subjects with your future students?