8th grade students at Eisenhower have been exploring printmaking as a medium for political expression, asking, “Can art actually make a difference?”

To anchor student understanding of printmaking, we used the see/think/wonder routine to analyze a different print at the beginning of each class. We also asked, what is the artist protesting?  How does the artist move their viewer to action? Take a look at some of the prints we found most moving, and listen to the students’ thoughts about the Elizabeth Catlett prints via the audio piece here.

Then, students identified an issue that they felt strongly about and designed their own protest art to move viewers to action.

They used their sketch to create a linocut, a linoleum block carved with specialized (sharp!) tools to create a relief print. Through a rigorous process of printing, reflecting and revising, they created final drafts they feel proud of.