Visual Arts: Google Earth Printmaking

This week in visual arts class, year 4 students are reflecting on their map printmaking project. Students are looking at their maps to determine if their maps changed over time, why they might have changed, and if they will continue to change. They are understanding the impact of human population on the area they selected.

They are also reflecting on styrofoam printmaking: what they learned through using these tools and techniques.

Check out the display of their maps currently in the PYP library!

Visual Arts: Google Earth Printmaking

Students in Y4 are currently working on the WWAPIT unit with the central idea: the earth’s physical geography has an impact on human interactions and settlements. In visual arts class, students are working with the same central idea and creating a project based on the line of inquiry: impact of human population on settlements. Students are being assessed on the visual arts outcome: creating (phase 3.2) make connections between the ideas they are exploring in their artwork and those explored by other artists through time, place, and cultures.

Students have been working with Google Earth on their iPads in their homeroom classes and in visual arts class. They will soon start using the desktop version of Google Earth that includes the Historical Imagery feature where students can see what how maps have changed over the course of several years.

Students will be choosing an area and printing out three maps of this area from three different years. They will place the maps over a piece of styrofoam. Using a dull pencil, they will trace the map which will indent the styrofoam. They will cover the styrofoam with ink using a brayer and create two prints. Then, they will place the second map on top of the styrofoam, draw all of the changes, and then print using a new ink color on top of one of the first prints. They will repeat this process using the third map. In the end, students will have one map containing all three prints that shows the impact of human population on settlements. They will also have three separate prints to be able to compare/contrast the maps more easily.

Last art class, students experimented in their process portfolio using small pieces of styrofoam, dull pencils, printmaking ink, and brayers.