Layering Changes


Science and Art

  • 40-60 Minutes


  • 25-30 cardboard squares
  • Variety of texture materials (yarn, noodles, bubble wrap, rubber bands, foam pieces, ribbon, etc)
  • Glue or double sided tape
  • Brayer rollers
  • Colored ink
  • White printmaking paper

Lesson Overview:

How can we determine changes that happen over time?


Step 1: Direct instruction of Earth’s Layers – explore the 4 main layers and their individual characteristics.

Step 2: Artful Thinking Activity: Claim/Identify/Question using a piece of printmaking.

Step 3: Explore the process of printmaking and examples of different textured prints.

Step 4: Direct instruction of texture

Step 5: Connection Strategy: Select textures that would best describe/indicate each layer of the earth.

Step 6: Printmaking Activity: In small groups, create texture plates for each of the earth’s layers and a whole-group print that includes layers from each of the texture plates. Create plates using texture materials and cardboard squares.

Step 7: Trade the final print with another group. Analyze the other group’s print to identify each layer presented.


Artist Reflection Written Statement.

Respond to the following questions in paragraph form:

1. Why was printmaking a good method of demonstrating geological layers?

2. What do rock layers and printmaking have in common?