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A Special Place - Woodcut & Linocut Prints

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Visual Arts +1 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old)

View selected prints of different places, then discuss:

  • What is the first thing you notice?
  • What do you believe is special about this place?
  • How did the artist use composition to highlight what is special?

Choose one print to examine:

  • What kinds of lines, patterns or textures did the artist use?
  • How did the artist use tools to create areas of light and dark?

Apply in your own work:


  • What makes a place special or meaningful to you?
  • What clues will help capture the uniqueness of your special place?

ARTMAKING CHALLENGES:

  • Draw a picture of a special place using foreground, middle ground, and background. Use a variety of lines and cross hatching to create texture and value.
  • Sketch your special place, then transfer the design to a soft rubber printing plate. Using a lino cutter, outline the major areas and cut away areas that will remain light. Use a variety of lines and cross hatching to create areas of light and dark in the prints. Ink your printing plate and pull several prints.
  • Create a painting of a special place using foreground, middle ground, and background. Mix tints and shades. Use color to communicate an emotion linked to your special place.  

Self-Portrait

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Woodcut in Colors

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Woodcut: Provincetown, Summer 1950

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Devil's Lake

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Autumn (no. 197)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Tall Trees (no. 189)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Paisaja Antillano

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Grand Canyon

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Goat and Cottage

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Snowdrift

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Sunrise

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Willow Trees on Country Road

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Woodcut in colors. Card players

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The Attic Window

National Portrait Gallery