This bundle is perfect to use in a high school printmaking class or in art design course for a printmaking unit. The first part includes art history with a project, and the second part includes a game focused on printmaking.
Albrecht Durer Lecture and Linocut Art Project
Albrecht Dürer is one of the most prolific and influential printmakers in this history of art. He was a German artist who worked with Martin Luther and helped promote the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century.
This zip download includes a PDF lesson plan for the lecture, 30 slide PowerPoint lecture that provides background of the world in which Durer lived and his art, a note guide, an answer key to the note guide, a lesson plan for the linocut printmaking project, and a printmaking rubric.
Durer was known for his woodcut prints, but woodcuts are difficult to make in a high school art room, which is why linoleum prints are an appropriate print to make in relationship to Durer’s art.
Materials required for this project include: paper, pencils, ebony pencils, linoleum, permanent markers, rulers, bench hooks, linoleum cutters, brayers, trays, ink, and barrens (or large spoons, or a printing press).
Ethics and Aesthetics: Getting Rich Thanks to Albrecht Dürer
This game helps students experience what it is like to be an art collector and seller. The students will buy and sell artwork by Albrecht Dürer with fake money, while the teacher leads them through the process. The goal is to have the most valuable art collection at the end, but they also need to think about the ethics of buying and selling art.
At first, the teacher will have all of the prints, which the students can buy. Next, the students will have a chance to sell some of their art and buy new prints. Then, the students will be told the final value of their collections. After they do the total and find out who earned the most money, the instructor will tell them that there are some forgeries. The students will look through their collections and see if any of them bought the fake prints.
Finally, the students will reflect on their experience and think what they would do if they bought an expensive piece of art and found its value diminished because it was a fake. They will support their decisions in writing.
This download includes the lesson plan, fake money with Albrecht Dürer’s face on it, and a set of prints in one PDF. The zip folder also included the PowerPoint that leads the game. After printing the materials, it will be easy to photo copy the money until there is enough for each student to have at least $50,000. Print the art prints double sided so the titles are on the back, or just run them through a copy machine to get them double sided and get the right amount depending on the class size.
This work by Klaire Pearson
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