Relief printmaking techniques will be taught throughout the development of this pumpkin project. The students will create and print from an embossed surface and a collagraph surface as they develop the pumpkins and stems. In addition, object printing will be incorporated into the lesson as the students create subject matter which includes a pumpkin vine, leaves, and the grassy ground area. Printmaking terms and supplies will be introduced to the students through discussion and demonstration prior to each step. The resulting artwork will be a combination of printed items transformed into a bright and pleasing pumpkin patch.
The powerpoint presentation takes the art teacher and students step-by-step through the entire process of lesson development. Clear photos and explanations are provided for teaching this lesson with ease and clarity. A detailed lesson plan includes National Core Visual Art Standards, student objectives, vocabulary, material list, and an outlined step-by-step teaching procedure. Student response handouts have been included which require the students to analyze and reflect on the lesson each day. An art project rubric has also been included for evaluating the finished projects and student work effort.
Materials needed for this lesson include: art paper, orange printmaking ink, brayers, inking surface, styrofoam plates, scissors, pencils, newspapers, green tempera paint, paintbrushes, yarn, small leaves, and plastic forks, and small pieces of cardboard.
I have utilized this lesson many times over the past few years and have found that my middle school art students enjoy the various printing processes and are genuinely pleased with the end result!