Personal Places of Solitude or Peacefulness

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Personal Places of Solitude or Peacefulness




The transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson argued that nature allows individuals to understand the realities of the world. Elements in nature such as leaves, mountains, rivers and animals all participate in this animating life force and collaborate with one another for the benefit of the individual. In the unit the learners will recognize the importance and influence of nature in literature and verse. The learners will also recognize the influence of nature in their own experiences. The learners will describe personal places of solitude or peacefulness in journal entries as well as illustrate their chosen place with innovative techniques. The learners will use linoleum and linoleum tools to create their prints.


Molly Whittaker


Alfred Hutty, Banks of the Ashley River, 1991.11.2
Yoshida Toshi, Morinji in Spring, 1976.40.1
Ralph Albert Blakelock, Moonlight, 1999.16
Victoria Hudson Huntley, Nocturne, 1988.36.2
Jerry T. Okimoto, Gray Conception, 1959.16


Handheld Art


Columbia Museum of Art

Unit Plan Item Type Metadata


6 classes


Visual Arts Standards:
VAH1-1.4: Apply materials, techniques and processes with skill, confidence and sensitivity sufficient to make his or her intentions observable in the artwork he or she creates.
VAH1-3.2: Analyze and describe the relationship among subject matter, symbols and themes in communicating intended meaning in their artworks and the works of others.
VAH1-5.2: Make complex, descriptive, interpretative and evaluative judgments about their own artworks and those of others.

Integrated CCSS:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.3e: Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.


Learners will explore the influence and importance of nature in regards to their own experiences and interactions.
Learners will illustrate a personal place of solitude or peacefulness within the natural world.
Learners will use printing materials such as linoleum, and linoleum tools to illustrate their chosen place of solitude or peacefulness.
Learners will examine writers Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and William Wordsworth to depict their own interactions with nature in their journals.


Linoleum Hard Blocks
Linoleum Cutters (Large and Small U Gouge)
White Paper
Rubber Brayers
Tissue Paper
Butcher paper
Printing Ink
Ink Plates
Printing Press

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