Visual and Performing Arts Teacher Resources

Visual and Performing Arts resources foster different forms of creative expression, whether through drama, music, film, dance, or visual art, and teach students to value aesthetics. In addition, they provide learners with the historical and cultural contexts for events.       

Hands-on activities can be used to introduce young learners to the concept of symmetry while an activity for middle schoolers connects art, advertising, and nutrition. Other lessons, activities, and videos permit students to discover the themes, values, and traditions of world cultures.       

The arts have long been used to draw attention to and encourage response to important social issues, environmental concerns, and even the horrors of war. Here’s an article packed with suggestions for how to integrate the arts into science classes and this lesson connects science, math, and art.

No matter your subject area, Lesson Planet has teacher-curated resources designed to spark the interest of your students in the visual and performing arts.

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Performance Principles for Musical Theatre

For Students 6th - 12th
Introduce theatre arts students to the principles of musical theatre with a short information sheet that identifies and explains the importance of eight performance principles. 
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Questions in Art History

For Students 9th - 12th
This worksheet provides a wonderful scaffold for those learning how to analyze art in a critical and thoughtful way. It describes what art historians do, then requires learners to view and analyze one of the listed works. Twelve...
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Mind Your Mannerists-Understanding the Art of El Greco

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Kids become mini-experts on the Mannerist movement and the art of El Greco. They identify common elements of El Greco paintings and compare them to a work by Thomas Hart Benton. They use  four ways to examine art taken from the book,...
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Whose Afraid of Contemporary Art?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Have your class create original modern art sculptures. Learners analyze and discuss "The Profile," a sculpture by Martin Puryear. They work in teams to develop a proposal for a large outdoor sculpture in the community. Presentations...
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Cinquecento Italian Art

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
The Cinquecento period was a span of approximately 100 years of Italian art and architecture. This extensive slideshow provides wonderful images of the art and architecture of the time. It focuses on masters such as Da Vinci, Raphael,...
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Art Activities: Developing Visual Observational Skills

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore visual arts by participating in several class art activities. In this art appreciation activity, students discuss the broad concept of a photograph including uses of lines, shadows, reflections and shapes. Students...
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Byzantine Art

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Explore the art, architecture, and iconography of the Byzantine Empire. This comprehensive visual guide takes learners through the changes in art and architecture that occurred with the spread of the Byzantines.
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Asian Art

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Art from early China, Korea, and Japan is historically significant. Present these stunning images to your class, while you explain art movements that define traditional Chinese, Korean, and Japanese time periods and culture. Note: This...
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Indian Art

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Indian art and architecture is covered from the baths of Mohenjo-daro to the Great Stupa in Sanchi. This presentation shows Indian art as it progressed throughout time but focuses heavily on Buddhist art and architecture that originated...
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“The Art of War”: Trench Art of World War I

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Teach pupils how veterans used art to deal with PTSD and shell-shock from trench warfare during World War I. Scholars use graphic organizers, a cartoon analysis sheet, and their own inferences to analyze primary source art work by veterans.
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Using the Internet - Art and Design

For Students 7th - Higher Ed
An interesting resource that might work best in an upper level art course, this handout provides a list of nine websites where young artists can read and study about all forms of art. These online resources range from a dictionary of...
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Quattrocento Italian Art

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
The Italian Renaissance was a period of great art and architecture. Show your class the achievements that define the Quattrocento period in Italian art and style. This slide show centers around Florence, the architecture, sculpture, and...
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Center for Northwestern Art: Featured Objects

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Each of the slides in this presentation provide learners with an image found at a northwestern art museum and a critical analysis of what can be seen in each piece. Learners can view this prior to a museum trip in order to build...
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Art as Inquiry - Art Criticism

For Teachers 6th - 8th
In these art lesson plans, students describe a piece of artwork, including the artist's technique, and analyze the elements of the work. They interpret its meaning and judge why others may value it.
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Intro to Art

For Teachers 3rd - 9th
Students explore illusions by drawing and viewing images in class. In this art perspective lesson, students analyze a skeleton outline drawing which demonstrates the ability to draw in a two point perspective. Students utilize the...
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Color (Art)

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Our lives are full of color. Color is an important aspect of art. It affects the mood of the art work. This video shows the different ways and schemes color can be used.
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Lines (Art)

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
The young artist in this video demonstrates lines in art. She also describes the three different properties of lines. What a great video to watch when learning the basics of art.
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Capturing the Horrors - The Art of World War 1

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Young historians investigate World War I by watching a short video clip of art created by soldiers. As viewers analyze the pieces a clearer picture of the horrors of war comes to light. 
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Kazoo

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Children are naturally interested in musical instruments because they enjoy rhythm and sounds. An early exposure to instruments can enhance a child's knowledge, interest, and appreciation of music. Increase your young learners' knowledge...
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When Art Conveys Political and Social Conflict

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders consider art as a medium to convey information and opinions on social conflict and issues. They analyze images from the Crocker Art Museum, discuss their effectiveness in raising awareness of an issue, and create a...
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Northern Renaissance Art

For Teachers 8th - 10th
The Northern Renaissance is the period of enlightenment that occurred outside of Italy (1500-1615). Explore the visual works of Northern Renaissance artists Bosch, Van Eyck, Bruegel, and Durer in this visual presentation. 
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Islamic Art; Exploring the Visual Arts of the Middle East

For Teachers 5th - 8th
The intent of this unit is to demonstrate some of the traditional arts of the Middle East. Extensive background information on the religion, culture, and nature of Islamic art found throughout the Middle East is provided. Each of the...
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Italian Renaissance Art

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pictures are worth a thousand words, especially when you can analyze them in a historical and cultural context. Check out some of the major art and artists that defined the Italian Renaissance. Here are several images that exemplify...
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Still-Life Shading

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Showing light and shadow in a drawing or painting is trickier than it looks. After viewing famous examples of still-life paintings, young artists use shading techniques in their own art to emphasize the contrast between light and shadow.