Dragon by Rey
Music: Chutou Ge (Song of the
III The Chop, Relief Print, and
A four to five day lesson
plan for 8th grade by Sue Lindemulder
- Sketchbook (staple 6 to 8 sheets of newsprint or
Xerox paper together)
- Black ink pen (use felt tip, Pilot, or black
ballpoint --- each will give a different line width and
density --- students might be encouraged to use more than
one for variety in their work)
- Have students research the differences and
similarities between western and eastern dragons. Look
for examples in masterpieces of artwork like Saint George
and the Dragon. Children's literature is a great source
for pictures of dragons. Students may have books at home
that could be used for inspiration.
- Students need to fill their sketchbook with pictures
of dragons. Fill the page but do not extend the picture
beyond the page. Show the dragon from different views. Is
the dragon fearsome or friendly? Is it guarding or
sleeping? Is it flying or fighting? One page might be
filled with enlargements of one portion of the dragon
(i.e. the claws or the eyes or even the texture found on
the body, to be used as reference). Work only on the
front of each page. Add more pages if necessary.
- Develop patches or examples of pattern that might be
used on the dragon. Scatter them on the sketch pages.
Almost any shape can be used. Pattern or texture is a
regularly repeated shape or limited group of shapes.
These are usually small and compressed. Use several
different patters in each dragon for variety. A dense use
of texture is necessary to overcome the underlying color
of the relief print.
- Choose the best sketch and make adjustments or
changes. Trace over the contour lines (the major lines or
edges). Do not worry about detail or pattern at this
point. Tapes the chosen sketch to the back of the relief
print and trace using a light box. If a light box is not
available tape to a window. A flashlight held outside
will help if the light is minimal. A place of glass can
be placed over two stacks of books with a flashlight
placed beneath. If none of these is possible trace over
the lines of the sketch several times with a number 2
pencil (or darker). Invert the sketch over the relief
print and heavily apply pencil to the back of the area
that is to be transferred. The pencil will transfer to
the printed surface.
- Using black ink trace the lines that have been
transferred and then fill in the detail and texture. Add
texture until the dragon is visible when seen from about
five feet away or further. Students usually need to use
three or four more times the amount of texture than they
think they need.
- Use a red marker; apply the ink to the base of the
chop. Stamp the image in the lower right hand corner just
below the print. When dry sign over the chop.
California Visual Arts Standards, for the eighth grade
used include 2.1, 4.1, and 4.3