The teacher presented work by Albrecht Durer (woodcuts) and Andy Warhol (screen printing). Students carved drawings onto rectangle-shaped styrofoam plates, using the ‘figure-ground’ concept. Prints were made with block ink and brayers onto construction paper, at a separate work station. Their best print was mounted on a larger construction piece and signed.
To further learn printmaking, an extension would be to examine dollar bills. The United States Mint uses three different printing processes to print money; offset lithography, intaglio and letterpress.
Click here to view "Introduction to Intaglio Foam Plate Printmaking" lesson plan, co-written with a fellow teacher candidate at Northern State University.