Art Imitates Life
- World History
- Visual Arts
Students study postcards of World War I and create prints that reflect
Students create prints that focus on images from their lives.
postcards, lithographs, printing, Warhol
- printouts of postcards from
Propaganda Postcards of the Great War or other examples of World
War I postcards
- Soft-Kut Print Blocks -- this material is rubberlike and much safer and easier to use than linoleum -- it also has two usable surfaces. Buy 9-inch by 12-inch sheets, and cut each piece into four 4-inch by 6-inch pieces.
- linoleum-carving tools
- four pieces of 4-inch by 6-inch pieces of colored paper per student
- one 9-inch by 12-inch piece of white paper per student
- tempera paints
- brayers or brushes
- Andy Warhol prints (preferably repeating patterns)
- Ask students to explore
Propaganda Postcards of the Great War or another collection of World
War I postcards and select their favorite card. Encourage each student
to share the favorite with classmates, explaining why he or she chose
the postcard and the historical significance or message the artist was
trying to convey.
- Explain to students that the World War I postcards were created using a printing process called lithography. Tell students they are going to create different kinds of prints that reflect various aspects of their own lives.
Base evaluation on students' ability to identify symbols of society, participate
in discussions, use tools safely and properly, and achieve good craftsmanship.
Lesson Plan Source
by Tabitha Miller