Creating Prints like Durer- C1W16 Lesson Plan


Students will learn about the artist Durer and Negative space while experimenting with printmaking!

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This lesson plan gives students the opportunity to learn about the Renaissance artist Durer and create prints of their own using the concepts of negative space.

Since we study Ancient – Renaissance History in cycle 1 of Classical Conversations, this project works great for the cycle 1 week 16, 30 minute fine arts final drawing project.

This 23 page lesson plan includes the following:

  • A condensed background on the artist and his illustrations
  • 15 printable pictures of Durer’s work including 4 self-portraits
  • A carefully crafted sentence about Durer (ideal for memorization)
  • A simple explanation of the key art concept of negative space with sample photos
  • Vocabulary words and definitions
  • References to additional resources
  • Simple art project instructions
  • Materials list (you can use watered down paint or ink!)
  • Options for scaling the art project up or down depending on the experience level of your art students
  • Pre-drawn templates of Durer ‘s Rhinoceros
  • Step-by-step pictorial instructions for how to “Draw a Rhinoceros”
  • Encore suggestions- These are ideas tutors can offer students for how they can repeat the lesson at home with a fun twist. If you have several hours to complete this art project, you may want to try one of these suggestions in class.

This item is also available, at a discount, within the Renaissance Artist Deluxe Package, which includes 6 lesson plans and is ideal for weeks 13-18 of Fine Arts in a cycle 1 Classical Conversations Foundations community.

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Single User (and up to 10 students), 2-4 Users (and up to 40 students), 5-10 Users (and up to 100 students)


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