Safety-Kut® - Portrait Paper Cast and Print - Lesson Plan Volume 106

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Grades 6-12.

The art of block printing has been around for centuries, using wood as a relief surface for printing. In the early 20th century, artists discovered that linoleum was an easier and less expensive alternative to wood. In the 1980s, Nasco created Safety-Kut®, a material that is easier and safer to use than linoleum. Safety-Kut® cuts smoothly without skipping, won't slip away while being carved, and does not crack, break, or crumble like traditional linoleum. The structure of a carved piece of work allows it to be used as a mold for a paper cast. Students can create their portrait in two different art forms using the same carved piece of Safety-Kut®.

Students will…

  • Learn printmaking and papermaking.
  • Create self-portraits and learn how to translate work to a block print and create a paper cast.
  • Explore and implement the processes of printmaking and papermaking.

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Age: 11 yrs. - 18 yrs.
Prop 65:
Grade: 6 - 12
School Type: Middle School, High School
Lesson Plan: Art


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