Visual Arts Social Studies

Whip Your Way To Intaglio Prints

Grade 5  /  School Name
Arts Educator / Lesson Designer

Karen Wheeler

About Designer

The designer has been teaching art for 23 years. She is currently teaching grades 3-5. Along with her teaching duties she is the AIE coordinator and assists with the Kennedy Center Partnership for Lexington School District Three.

lesson development & place in Long Range Plans

This lesson incorporates the understanding of lines, contrast, intaglio printmaking, and a famous South Carolina Artist-Elizabeth O’Neill Verner. This unit is at the beginning of my long range plans because emphasis is place on drawing which is the foundation for all future projects.

Unit Description

Students will receive a brief introduction and a discussion of prints created by a Charleston Artist, Elizabeth O’Neill Verner. Discussion will involve lines, contrast, production, and the purpose behind the art work she created. Students will produce an intaglio print using the buildings and places in their own town.

Essential Questions
  • How did Elizabeth O’Neill Verner improve the lives of the people who lived in Charleston?
  • What is the process of creating an Intaglio Print?
  • How can various lines and contrast in a print catch and hold the attention of the viewer?
South Carolina Visual and Performing Arts Standards Addressed

Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes B. Students will use a variety of media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories through their artworks

Lesson Details

Materials Needed
  • Cool Whip containers
  • Paper Towels
  • Printers ink
  • Press to run prints
  • Heavyweight paper
  • Etching tools/Pointed Nails
  • Scissors
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Rubber gloves
  • Pencils
  • Pictures of town/Charleston
  • Sharpies
  • Rulers
  • Rubrics
  • Check list
  • Journals
Online Sources
  • Carolina Arts - Verner
  • Carolina Galleries - Artist
  • Check List
  • Rubrics
  • PowerPoint