Design a Calligraphic Plate
Design a calligraphic plate using Arabic script and images inspired by a meaningful word.
Objective: Students will be able to identify, compare and contrast images of traditional Japanese woodblock prints. They will then create their own simulated woodblock prints.
Content Standards (California)
VPA/VA 4.4.4: Identify and describe how various cultures define and value art differently. VPA/VA 5.1.1: Identify and describe the principles of design in visual compositions, emphasizing unity and harmony. VPA/VA 5.4.1: Identify how selected principles of design are used in a work of art and how they affect personal responses to and evaluation of the work of art. VPA/VA 6.1.1: Identify and describe all the elements of art found in selected works of art (e.g., color, shape/form, line, texture, space, value). VPA/VA 6.1.4: Describe how balance is effectively used in a work of art (e.g., symmetrical, asymmetrical, radial). VPA/VA: 9-12.1.4: Analyze and describe how the composition of a work of art is affected by the use of a particular principle of design.
Video: Hokusai and Hiroshige; Other: styrofoam, piece of linoleum or SCRATCH-FORM (made by SCRATCH-ART) board; watercolors (in trays or tube sets); liquid dishwashing soap, preferably clear-colored; small plate for a palette; small paint brush; pencil or ballpoint pen; fineline black pen; white drawing paper (70 or 80 lb. if possible); masking tape
Ask students to write a poem (such as a haiku) or choose a quote to accompany their print to express a mood or image.
This activity was developed by Sherie Yazman, George Washington High School, San Francisco Unified School District (1998).