Middle or High School Art: Gelli Printmaking, Acrylic Painting Project, Lesson


This gelli printmaking lesson combines painting techniques, color, value, & more in a quick one to three-day project ideal for upper middle or high school students.


Are you looking for a fun and engaging art project for your students? This high school art or upper middle school art project includes everything you need to teach your students the basics of gelli printmaking with an acrylic painting twist.

This project is perfect to plug in at any time. It can be kept to a single day or include all activities and stretch it to three days.

Throughout this high school art and middle school art project, your students will create a colorful painting of an object. With Wayne Thiebaud as an artist exemplar, using color to push value is the focus, and walking the line between realism and color exaggeration.

Included in this high school art and middle school art project: 

  • Lesson plan (including the big idea, essential questions, objectives, national standards, and step by step instructions, and adapted instructions)
  • Gelli print project introduction PowerPoint (also in PDF format)
  • Timelapse demo video
  • Sketchbook assignment sheet
  • Gelli printmaking project handout
  • Color and value reference
  • Wayne Thiebaud artist research activity
  • Color & value printable poster
  • Critique reflection and activity
  • Rubric

Everything you need to implement a Gelli printmaking project is included. Anyone can use this assignment, even if they don’t have experience. Simply, follow the detailed lesson plan! Plus, a rubric is also included for you to use to grade the final works of art.

❤️You will LOVE this art project because the presentations will guide your teaching, making your life easier. A presentation is used to show history, art exemplars, and visual examples of the steps students will take.

This printmaking and watercolor painting assignment reinforces and teaches students a range of skills:

  • Color theory
  • Color mixing
  • Form
  • Printmaking basics
  • Painting techniques

❤️Students will LOVE this printmaking and watercolor project because it allows them to create fabulous works of art. Students will feel successful as they use the project guide, references, and research sheets to guide their projects.

Take a closer look at this project in the preview!

What teachers are saying about my gelli printing resources…

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I love this resource.  Gelli Printing/MonoPrinting with gelli plate is such a great project for middle school.  Add with watercolor…wow.  I thought that this resource was very well put together and such a great idea!” – Shannon M.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I love this resource, the instructions are clear and the example picture are perfect. This has helped me bring a new lesson that they just loved to create.” – Lorraine P.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Great resource that takes the guesswork out of presenting new ideas and materials. It saved me a considerable amount of prep time and allowed me to focus on the stuff I really love — making art with my students.” – Aubrey D.

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