Lesson Plan

Printmaking - Landscapes

Different type setting letters organized in bins

NPS / Tom Engberg

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Grade Level:
Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
Art, History
Two 45 minute sessions
Group Size:
Up to 36
National/State Standards:
Historical, Cultural, and Social Contexts.
Creative Expression and Communication.


Recognizing and creating landscapes and seascapes using the printmaking process.


Students will become familiar with the printmaking process, and be able to recognize and create landscapes and seascapes.

Visual Art Standard: Historical, Cultural, and Social Contexts
Benchmark: Compare and contrast the distinctive characteristics of art forms from various cultural, historical, and social contexts.

Visual Art Standard: Creative Expression and Communication
Benchmark: Achieve artistic purpose and communicate intent by selection and use of appropriate media. 


Materials for this plan include Inovart printfoam or scratch-foam blocks (Styrofoam trays cut into rectangles also work), manila paper cut size of printblocks, white construction paper or printmaking paper cut to same size, water-based printing inks, brayers, barens or wooden spatulas, large tray with water, stack of large newsprint to use a blotter paper, trays for spreading ink, newspaper.



The success of this project can be ascertained through the quality of the artwork. The instructor can also ask a series of questions regarding the objectives of the lesson to determine how well students have comprehended the material.

Alternatively, the rubric below can be used to rate each child's performance during the working period. 

Art Rubric  
 Category Possible Points  Points Earned 
 Craftsmanship 20   
Time on Task  20   
Following Assignment Guidelines  20   
Use of Materials  20   
Clean Up  20   

Park Connections

History – The group can explore the importance of the printing press, and the impact it had on the publication and spread of books.

Students can also explore the impact of Japanese prints on the Impressionist artists in the late 1800s.

The instructor might ask students to think about other technological advances that have changed the way artists think about and create art (cameras, televisions, film, the internet, and so on).


Some students may need assistance from an adult or responsible peer walking through the steps of the process. The nature of the image can be altered as well. Some students may only be able to draw a series of lines. A print can be made from any image, so long as the lines are sufficiently deep in the print block.

Additional Resources

The Man Who Painted A Mountain, by Deborah Kogan Ray

Hokusai: Prints and Drawings, by Matthi Forrer

Simple Printmaking, by Peter Weiss

The History of Printmaking, by Jennifer Riggs 


Printmaking – a process for making multiple copies of an image, using a print block and ink.
Landscape – a picture showing a large area of land, and depicting various features of local geography.
Seascape – a picture showing a large area of water, showing aspects of its surface or inhabitants.

Last updated: February 19, 2016