Social Issue Relief Prints


When asked what their biggest takeaway from the lesson was, students wrote:

“That you can speak your mind through art”

“ There are many different ways to show how you feel and what you think.”

“You can take different subjects and use art to express them and how you feel about them.”

“I learned to think outside of the box”

At the Gorham Middle School I implemented a relief printmaking lesson that connected visual communication with current social issues. Printmaking has been used as a method to spread awareness of social issues through history and across cultures. These eighth grade students discussed and researched social issues at the local, national and global level. Students developed a stance on their chosen social issue to express through writing and printmaking. These artists created two color relief prints to visually communicate their personal stance.


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Students self evaluated their work by taking a video, writing or orally explaining.

Lesson objectives:

  • Creative Thinking
  • Connections Across Disciplines
  • Use of Elements and Principles of Design
  • Techniques and Processes