Lithography Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Sailus

Chris has an M.A. in history and taught university and high school history.

With this lesson plan, we can help our students to understand the basic process behind lithography and discover some of the great works of 19th-century lithography. An activity can help to further this lesson by adding fun.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Understand the basics of the history lithography
  • Understand the process to create lithographs
  • Recognize a historical lithograph


45 minutes


  • examples of lithograph artwork (either printed from online or obtained from art department)
  • small, blank wooden blocks (one for each student)
  • colored permanent markers

Key Vocabulary

  • lithography
  • draftsmen
  • Alois Senefelder

Curriculum Standards


Analyze the author's purpose in providing an explanation, describing a procedure, or discussing an experiment in a text.


Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.


  • Place several examples of lithograph art (printed on paper) up on the board or blow them up on your classroom's video screen (depending on your resources). Ask students to inspect the lithographs. Explain that these are not paintings or photographs, but lithographs, which is a distinct process.
  • Show your students the first part of the video Lithography: Process and Famous Works. Stop it at 2:55.
  • Hold a short class discussion (5-10 minutes) to ensure everyone understands the process and how it is different from engraving or painting. Some example questions include:
    • How is lithography different from painting? From photography?
    • How does a lithograph form the type of pictures we saw before the video?
  • Show the rest of the video.
  • Have your students take the quiz to ensure understanding.

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