Painting/Printmaking Grades 6,7,8

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Revised July 2010

Subject: Visual Arts                                                   

Grade: 6, 7, 8

Unit: Painting/Printmaking                                               

Pacing: 1-4 weeks (depends on schedule)

Essential Question(s):

  1. What aspects of color theory can be applied to other areas of your life?
  2. How has painting/printmaking helped you to see through the eyes of an artist?
  3. In what ways have you been able to use painting/printmaking to express yourself and communicate ideas?

Big Idea(s):

  1. Use of harmonious color schemes and effective use of color influence and contribute to choices in our daily lives.
  2. People create art to express thoughts and ideas to improve upon their environment and surroundings as well as make a living.
  3. Throughout history people have had a need to express themselves through creative processes, dress and improvement of their environment.

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

Content Standard 1: Media

  • 1.1  select media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, reflect on their choices and analyze what makes them effective
  • Core Team Connections: Students will describe how different media, techniques and processes cause different effects and personal responses.  Students will use different media, techniques and processes to communicate feelings, stories, ideas and experiences.

Content Standard 2: Elements and Principles

  •  2.3 select and use the elements of art and principles of design to improve communication of their ideas
  • Core Team Connection:  Students will apply correct usage of visual terminology when evaluating their own work or that of others. Students apply and give justification for chosen arrangement of design elements in one’s composition.

Content Standard 3: Content

  • 3.1  consider, select from and apply a variety of sources for art content in order to communicate intended meaning
  • 3.2  consider and compare the sources for subject matter, symbols and ideas in their own and other’s work
  • Core Team Connection: Students will recognize that there are different responses to different works of art. Students explore painting techniques thoroughly to create personal art work using individual choices, ideas , symbols, processes and materials. Students will identify various purposes for creating works of art.

Content Standard 4: History and Cultures

  • 4.1  know and compare the characteristics and purposes of works of art representing various cultures, historical periods and artists
  • Core Team Connection:  Students will research a specific artist, style or art movement. Students will create art work that demonstrates understanding how history or culture can influence visual art.
  • Content Standard 5: Analysis, Interpretation and Evaluation
  • 5.5  reflect on and evaluate the quality and effectiveness of their own and others’ work using specific criteria (e.g., technique, formal and expressive qualities, content)
  • 5.4 describe their own responses to, and interpretations of, specific works of art
  • Core Team Connections: Students will improve their own works of art by applying aesthetic and technical criteria. Students will describe their personal responses to specific works of art using visual art terminology.

Content Standard 6: Connections

  • 6.4 apply visual arts knowledge and skills to solve problems common in daily life
  • 6.1 compare the characteristics of works in the visual arts and other art forms that share similar subject matter, themes, purposes, historical periods or cultural context
  • Core Team Connections: Students will demonstrate creative problem solving skills using the visual arts with other disciplines in their daily lives. Students will recognize and identify that visual works of art are produced by artisans and artists working in different times, places and cultures.

 “Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know) 

Skills(Able to Do) 


Standard 1:

art media, techniques, processes (two-dimensional and three-dimensional)    ideas


Standard 2:

elements of art, principals of design,



Standard 3:

art content



Standard 4: 

characteristics and purposes




Standard 5: 

quality and effectiveness

responses and interpretations



Standard 6:

knowledge and skills



Standard 1:  

select (art media, techniques, processes (two-dimensional and three-dimensional)   reflect (ideas)


Standard 2:

select and use (elements of art, principals of design)


Standard 3: 

consider, select, apply (art content)

consider, compare (sources)


Standard 4: 

know and compare (characteristics and purposes)



Standard 5: 

reflect, evaluate (quality and effectiveness)

describe (responses and interpretations)



Standard 6:

apply (knowledge and skills)

solve (problems)

compare (characteristics)

































Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:


  • Adobe CS3 for Mac (InDesign, PhotoShop, Illustrator)
  • Photoshop Elements 6 for Windows and Mac – Nick Vandome, 2008, Computer Step
  • Adobe InDesign CS4 one-on-one  - Deke McClelland, 2009, Deke Press


  •   (Software Tutorials)
  • (National Organization Of Photoshop Professionals)
  •   (The work of Jacob Cass)
  •  (Overviews of icons of American Design)
  •  (The work of Milton Glaser)


  • The Secret Life of Logos – Leslie Cabarga, 2007, HOW Design Books
  • The Big Book of Logos – David E. Carter, Editor, 2006, Collins Design
  • The Non-Designer’s Type Book – Robin Williams, 2008, Peachpit Press
  • The Mac is Not a Typewriter – Robin Williams, 2007, Peachpit Press
  • Logo, Font and Lettering Bible – Leslie Cabarga, 2004, HOW Design Books
  • New Master’s of Poster Design: Poster Design for the Next Century – John Foster,  2006, Rockport Publishers
  • Modern Dog: 20 Years of Poster Art – Michael Strassberger, 2008, Chronicle Books
  • The Non-Designer’s Design Book – Robin Williams, 2008, Peachpit Press
  • Graphic Design, The New Basics – Lupton and Phillips,  2009, Princeton Architectural Press
  • Janice VanCleave: Geometry for Every Kid
  • Janice VanCleave: Math for Every Kid
  • Robertson: Stop Faking It
  • Christopher Hart: Carooning for the  Beginners
  • Claudia Zaslausky: Math Games & Activities from Around the World
  • Istvan Banyai: Zoom
  • Paul Ross Wallach: Drafting
  • Crystal Productions: Bridging The Curriculum Through Art, Interdisciplinary Connections
  • Curtis Tappenden, Luke Jefford, Stella Farris: Graphic Design
  • Jill Britton: Symmetry & Tessellations
  • Dale Seymour & Jill Britton: Introduction to Tessellations
  • Jim McNeill & Pam Stephens: Tessellations: The History & Making of Symmetrical Designs
  • Mike Artell: Cartooning for Kids
  • Mike Artell: Funny Cartooning for Kids
  • Noel Ford, Pete Dredge, Steve Chadburn: Draw Cartoons
  • Doug Marlette: In Your Face
  • Jill Britton & Walter Britton: Teaching Telssellation Art
  • Phil Metzger: Perspective Without Pain
  • David R Morin: Perspective Made Easy
  • Jil Fine: Art, American Pop Culture
  • Greg Tang: Math-terpieces, The Art of Problem Solving
  • Christine Fleming: Art as Science
  • Heather Miller: The 10 Most Provocative 20th Century Artworks


  • Take 5 - Crystal Productions : Digital Art Media
  • M.C. Escher: Metamorphose
  • M.C. Escher Company: Escher Collection
  • Crystal Productions: Jim McNeill, Tessellations
  • Crystal Productions: Careers in Art
  • Crystal Productions: Know the Artist, Set 6 and 7
  • Crystal Productions: Printmaking
  • Crystal Productions: Perspective
  • Crystal Productions: Elements of Art
  • Crystal Productions: Principals of Design
  • Carolina Mathematics: Why Study Geometry
  • Carolina Mathematics: Why Study Algebra
  • McDonald Publishing: Math & Art


  • Fly By Night: Doodle! #10 Careers in Art
  • Fly By Night: Doodle! #8 Perspective
  • Fly By Night: Doodle! #2 Cartooning and Characatures
  • Fly By Night: Doodle! #6 Comic Book Art
  • Fly By Night: Doodle! # 7 Light and Shadow
  • Crystal Productions: Tessellations, Jim McNeill
  • Kultur: Artists of the 20th Century, Andy Warhol
  • Crystal Productions: Dropping in on Andy Warhol
  • Disney: Cars
  • Crystal Video: Drawing for All, Volume 3 Perspective & Landscape
  • Learn & Earn Video: Graphic Design 1
  • Learn & Earn Video: Graphic Design 2
  • Crystal Productions: Careers in Art: Graphic Design
  • Crystal Productions: Optical Illusions, How to Create Them
  • Crystal Productions: Basic Perspective Drawing
  • Learning Zone Express: 6 Tips for Graphic Design
  • Double Diamond Corporation: Perspective Drawing: Getting the Basics
  • Mike Artell: Basic Cartooning

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

All recognized strategies are included, individual teachers can choose which they feel are appropriate:

  • Identify similarities and differences
  • Summarizing and note taking (sketches)
  • Reinforcing effort and providing recognition
  • Homework (Sketchbook) and practice
  • Nonlinguistic representations
  • Cooperative learning
  • Setting objectives and providing feedback
  • Generating and testing hypotheses
  • Cues, questions and advanced organizers (portfolios)


Vocabulary/Word Wall


Interdisciplinary Connections

Elements of Art

(Line, Shape, Color, Value, Form, Texture, Space)

Principals of Design

(Balance, Contrast, Emphasis, Movement, Pattern, Rhythm, Unity)








Pen and Ink
























Warm, Cool, Neutral

Fantasy/ Surreal








Carving Tools




Color wheel

Oral Reports

Additional arts criteria specific to the project

Written assignment/project



Math, History, English, Writing, Science Strands