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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Artful Emotions

For Teachers K - 3rd
Blue is sad, and red is angry, but why is that? Young artists explore the expression of emotions through art by observing and creating artwork. Starting with a questioning session about images of art, this plan moves into a sculpture...
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Medieval and Renaissance Art: Botanical Symbolism

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Learners study the significance of flowers in art from two periods. In this Medieval and Renaissance art lesson, students research the presence and meaning of botanical illustrations in twelfth, thirtieth, and fourteenth century...
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Installation Art Appreciation and Respect

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discover installation art. In this installation art lesson, students discuss different types of installation art. Students use graphic organizers to record information about installation art. Students brainstorm and sketch the...
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Elements of Art

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders discover elements in visual art. In this visual art instructional activity, 3rd graders explore the use of line, shape, and color in visual art. After reviewing works of art, students create unique art pieces. Technology...
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Visual Thinking Strategies

For Teachers K - 12th
Students explore Visual Thinking Strategy as a way to examine art and photography. They discuss the strategies, and analyze and discuss photographs using the Visual Thinking Strategies techniques.
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Art Detectives

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore art mediums and techniques. In this art appreciation lesson, students observe a variety of displayed artwork and determine what medium was used by the artist. Students hold up a card matching this medium for immediate...
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African Artist El Anatsui as a Reflection of African Culture: Human Rights Issues and Activism Through Art

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Students explore global issues through visual art analysis. In this African art lesson, students examine works by El Anatsui and discussing their human rights themes. Students then design lesson plans based on their findings.
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Global Music Patterns- Islamic Art

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students compose music using Islamic patterns. In this cultural arts lesson plan, students examine Islamic art and analyze the patterns. Students incorporate various Islamic patterns into a musical composition.
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Op Art Shapes

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Op art is fun to look at, and it's fun to make. Kids learn about the origins of op art and the op art master, M.C. Escher. They view simple to complex examples of op art to see how it works and then create an optical piece of their own....
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“Decalcomania” Glue Paint Symmetry Prints

For Teachers K - 12th
Who knew you could paint with glue? After first adding liquid water color paints to bottles of white Elmer's glue and applying them to paper, students of all ages are then challenged to use their imagination and creativity to draw in...
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Teaching Through Kamishibai and The Art of Chinese Calligraphy

For Teachers 2nd - 8th Standards
Young learners discover kamishibai, a popular Japanese storytelling art, and explore how these Japanese folktales illustrate the country's cultural themes and values through discussion and storyboarding. 
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Look, Listen and Learn

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students brainstorm what they know about the performing arts and research an artist or song and its related genre. Students work in groups to create an online banner to attract peers to their performing arts genre.
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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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African Ecology and Art

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Explore Samburu culture as students examine art work by many artists and compare and contrast their styles. They view Kenyan images and find Kenya on the map. Students identify conflict in the animal world and draw animals and record in...
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If Paintings Could Talk: Art and Language

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers learn about the artist Canaletto, play a vocabulary game, and create a landscape using collage technique. Background information on the artist is provided along with instructions for the game and vocabulary words to...
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Odyssey of the Mind Curriculum Activity: Performing Arts

For Teachers 4th - 6th
The classical arts have made a lasting impact on our society and your advanced learners get to find out why. The activity starts as the children create a list of the arts found in society, they discuss how these art forms impact their...
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Early Medieval Art

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
The early Medieval period began around the 6th century and went until about the year 1100. This image-driven presentation covers those years in terms of art and architecture. From churches to the Book of Kells, this functional,...
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Baroque Art: 1600-1750

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Wow, this presentation covers the entire Baroque period. Definitions, characteristics, and many examples of Baroque art from 1600-1750 are covered in this extensive resource. The period examples are shown in the context of their region,...
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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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The Art of Furniture: Decorations Inspired by Nature

For Teachers 2nd - 12th
What inspires furniture designers? As learners of all ages view examples of woodworking used in French and American furniture, they discuss woodworkers' techniques and inspirations. They identify techniques such as veneering and...
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Code of the Samurai in Art and Literature

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
A samurai warrior was said to follow a code; a code that made him adhere to values such as courage, honor, loyalty, and skill. Learners examine Japanese poetry and art to see how they exemplify  the ways of the samurai. Great...
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Portraying the Ideal Warrior in Art and Literature

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Samurai warriors had a code that defined what an ideal warrior should be. Learners use a Venn diagram to compare the way the ideal warrior is portrayed in art and literature. They analyze a screen entitled The Battles at Ichi-no-tani and...
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Visual Arts - Mexican Indian Yarn Painting

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
Have you ever seen a Mexican yarn painting? They're beautiful! Create a Mexican yarn painting with your class using this activity. Start by discussing Mexico's culture and viewing different yarn paintings. After reading about important...
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Analyzing Visuals in Print

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
There's much more to a photograph than a click, and much more to a painting than brush strokes. Analyze the details of different types of visual media in print with a short activity. High schoolers study various images, including Vincent...