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Assessment Resource Centre (ARC)

  1. Stage 3
  2. Creative Arts
  3. Activities
  4. Visual Arts: Portrait Lino Cuts
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Visual Arts: Portrait Lino Cuts

Grade Work Samples
End of Stage 3 (end of Year 6)
Grade A Casey   Jo   Sam   Morgan  
Grade B Pat  
Grade C Chris  
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Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:

Visual Arts

Description of activity

Students make a lino cut of a classmate's face and produce a print.

  1. Students view a range of portraits, such as Archibald Prize entries, and discuss how portraits can express the person’s inner feelings, personality, moods, culture, hobbies etc
  2. Students view and discuss lino and wood block prints by artists such as Margaret Preston and Hokusai. They focus on the positive and negative (black and white) - ie what is taken away and what is left.
  3. Students use a black and white outline print of a head shot photograph to trace their face onto the lino.
  4. They go over the lines on the lino, adding features to highlight the personality of their model.

Suggested materials

Portraits, lino and wood cut prints, photographs of student’s heads (black and white outline prints of these), pencils, scissors, gloves, safety boards

Prior learning

Students have been participating in a unit on identity. They have been introduced to the concept of portraits and have been taught how to use tracing skills. Students have discussed the techniques and range of tools that can be used to produce a lino cut. They have been instructed in how to safely undertake lino cutting including wearing a glove on the hand that is not cutting, using a safety board and cutting away from their body.


Making (VAS3.1)
Investigates subject matter in an attempt to represent likenesses of things in the world
Making (VAS3.2)
Makes artworks for different audiences, assembling materials in a variety of ways.

Criteria for assessing learning

Students will be assessed on their:

  • manipulation of and experimentation with different lino cutting and printing techniques
  • representation of the features and personality of their model using a variety of lines, shapes, patterns and textures.
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