After studying prints by Andy Warhol and Shephard Fairey, and discussing the Pop Art movement, students will re-interpret a photograph of a notable person by breaking the face down into flat planes and using color to express a personal point of view.  Student sketches will be transferred to an EZ-cut printing block.  After viewing demonstrations of the reduction print process, students will create a four-layer reduction print of their subject.  The unit ends with a critique in which students reflect on their own work and the work of their classmates. 

Grade 8 Benchmark:

Through close observation and sustained investigation, students develop individual and global perspectives on art; utilize the principles of art, solve design problems, and explore perspective, scale, and point of view.

Performance Indicators:

Create a print that demonstrates:
printmaking techniques including registration, inking, lifting
use of a variety of textured materials
careful planning and execution
unity of composition
Students will be able to: 
Discuss why Andy Warhol and Shephard Fairey re-interpreted photographic portraits into screen prints.
Reduce a photograph to flat planes.
Analyze the use of color in Warhol prints.
Select colors for a particular effect.
Describe the process of reduction printmaking.
Determine which area of the printing block should be cut out first.
Transfer their sketch to their printing block.
Cut away the shapes that will appear white in the print.
Safely use the speedball cutters.
Make six first-layer prints.
Carve texture into their printing block.
Re-carve the printing block for the second, third, and fourth layers.
Use registration to align their prints.
Perfect their technical skills.
Create a four-layer reduction print.
Number their work to create a limited edition.
Critique their own work and the work of others.
Students will understand that: 
Artists can be inspired by significant cultural and historical figures.
Artists often re-interpret a familiar image.
Artists use color to express a personal point of view.
Printmakers carefully plan and execute their prints.
Artists select appropriate tools to get the desired effect.
Attention to technique and carefull execution is an important part of the artistic process.
Artists use texture to create visual interest.
The last layer of a reduction print can be used to define and emphasize.
Limited editions create rarity and individuality for multiple-impression art.
Artists continually reflect upon the process of making art.
silkscreen, Pop Art, plane, reduction printing, mirror-image, printing block, brayer, cutter, texture, carve, registration, alignment, limited edition
Student, Peer and Teacher Assessment:
Preliminary sketches and works-in-progress
Informal student reflection/responses
Peer critiques of student work
Structured grouop conversations using accountable talk
Small group discussion and critiques
Teacher observation of work-in-progress with feedback to students
Questioning students during independent work
Charting of class discussions
Clear teacher excpectations, including guidelines and project goals
Review of completed homework
Written self-assessment of performance tasks
Completed work
Research papers on artists, art history, works of art
Peer review of final work