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Grade Level: 9th Grade

Subject: Art, 5x Day Lesson (45 min.) Prepared By: Benjamin E. Hoffman, Student Art Teacher

Shepard Fairey Print Shop

Lesson Summary: Students will have completed research on an artist throughout the 2000s in preparation for this lesson. Upon watching an
introductory video on Shepard Faireys work, students will answer questions that will lead them into the related art making activity. Students
will first take a photo of themselves using the camera on their laptop to then upload as a stencil using the provided website. Once their image
has been printed, each student will trace themselves before transferring that image onto the Styrofoam plate. Carefully using an X-Acto Knife,
students will cut away the positive space revealing their stencil. The image will first be traditionally printed and then modernized as a spray
paint stencil. As a culmination, the students will construct a collaborative piece by each placing their stencils down to create a larger image.

Big Idea: Throughout time and across cultures, public artworks have developed as a direct response to society.

Key Concepts:

Where an artwork is placed can alter its meaning.

Stencils have proved to modernize the traditional means of printmaking onto public spaces.

Repetition can enhance the meaning of an artwork as well as its importance in society.
Essential Questions:

How does the location of an artwork influence its meaning? Why?

Modern printmaking techniques have evolved into stencil making which has eluted to both legal and
illegal artworks such as graffiti. Does the legitimacy of an artwork affect its importance or value?

Does the value of an artwork decrease the more times in which it has been reproduced? Why?
Specific Objectives:

Students will first take a photo of themselves and upload it to create a stencil.

Students will trace their printed out image of themselves to then transfer onto the Styrofoam plate.

Carefully using an X-Acto Knife, students will cut out the positive space to reveal their stencil.

Students will print both the Positive and Negative of their stencil using both a traditional and modern
approach to printmaking.
o Using their stencil as an inking plate, students may choose any available colors to print from
and onto any appropriate tonal paper a minimum of three times.
o Students will each individually print their stencil using spray paint onto black paper to expose
the negative.

The final print will be a collaborative piece where each students stencil would be arranged at the
discretion of the class to simulate an actual arts community.
Standards Addressed:
9.1.12.A Shape, Line, Proportion/Scale & Contrast
9.1.12.B Print using both Traditional & Modern Practices


9.1.12.E Unifying theme of Printing/Collaboration

9.3.12.E Respond Critically & Evaluate Progress

Instructional Procedures
Motivation/Engagement/The Hook:

Students will first complete research on

an artist of the 2000s in preparation for
this art making activity. Students would
be asked to share their previous
knowledge of printmaking before taking
their photos in front of a back drop to
then upload as a stencil.

Every other day, students will complete a Bell Ringer which will allow students
to settle down as they enter the classroom. Examples include writing a
reflection in response to the tutorial video they watched on Shepard Fairey
and his artmaking process. This constant review would act as a formative
assessment for the teacher. Following the completion of the students
transferred image onto their Styrofoam plate, students may begin to carefully
cut away the positive shapes to reveal their stencil.

Formative Assessment:

Following the completion of the students stencils, a teacher led

demonstration would show students how to properly ink their plate and print
their image. The classroom would be transformed into a print shop where
each table would act as a different station and/or color to work from.
Students would be asked to print their initial stencil a minimum of three times
to simulate an actual print shop. The following day, students would then
modernize their stencil by printing the Negative onto black cardstock using
various colors of spray paint.

The culmination of this lesson will result in a collaborative art piece that will
resemble the many hands that go into constructing a large scale print or
reproduction process as mimicked by Shepard Fairey. Students will be
provided with a large sheet of paper to then arrange their stencils in a way
best deemed by the class. The goal is to promote a collective art community
where students can make decisions based on one anothers responses rather
than that of the teachers. All other prints would be turned in along with their
original stencil for grading.

Students will create both an individual

negative print for themselves as well as a
collaborative piece that would be
assembled at the discretion of the class.
Students would be assessed on their
ability to work with one another as in a
true arts community.


Student Laptops with Camera
Styrofoam Plates
Tracing Paper
Scotch Tape
X-Acto Knives
Cutting Mat
Various Tonal Paper for Printing
Black Cardstock for Spray Paint
Spray Paint (Various Colors)
Acrylic Paint & Extender
Brayer & Buren
Paper Towels

Instructional Resources:

Shepard Fairey Video

Exemplars (Reference as


Positive & Negative Space

Breyer & Buren

__Student Supplies: __


Evaluate students interpersonal skills,

work habits & attitudes as they work.
Considering the importance of safety
when using an X-Acto Knife, students will
be assessed on their attentiveness to
detail and precision when constructing
their stencil. Students attention to detail
will become apparent as soon as they


Teacher Research & Preparation: