Anthropomorphism Linocut Prints

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Recently, sixty-eight Art 1, 2, and 3 students created linoleum block prints to display at the Santa Cruz Symphony concert, The Orchestra Moves. The week prior to the performance, several local elementary schools visited the Civic for the special event.

Our theme centered on humorous anthropomorphic instruments, animals, or hybrids (animal-instruments) moving to the music. In preparation for the project, each class observed examples of anthropomorphism in art, children’s literature, and its use as an artistic device in political and social commentary.

Kirby Student Artwork

Saunter, Stroll & Stride by Liam Lohman

To create the block prints, students first sketched imagery that might appeal to the imaginations of the young audience. The negative spaces were carved away from the linoleum in order to depict the positive shapes of the characters.

While working on their linocuts and watercolor papers, students also listened to excerpts of the symphony’s program to consider how the rhythm and mood of the concert could be visually expressed.

The arts is an equal partner with the academic curriculum at Kirby.