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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Designing a Dish

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students locate the symbols on the Chinese Dish with Eight Buddhist Emblems. In this visual arts lesson, students study the dish and the meaningful symbols painted on the dish. Students create their own artistic symbols on a paper plate.
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Canvas Dinnerware

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Take recycling to a new height. Learners use china or plastic dinnerware from thrift stores to create great works of art.  They discuss great works of art, talk about techniques, and design their own piece.
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Moving Mountains

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Learners engage in movement activities influenced by the painting "Molten Polyester." In this visual arts lesson, students identify the colors in the painting and act out the images in the painting, such as climbing a mounting or playing...
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Baroque Composer Presentations

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students create an understanding of contemporary artistic styles and genres through an overview of the connection of the arts throughout modern history. Students discussed visual, written and aural artistic mediums, as well as their...
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Storybook Theater

For Teachers K - 6th
Tell a story visually using this resource. Learners design a storybook theater by creating a book and painting watercolor pictures describing scenes from the story. This is a creative means to have your class practice summarizing skills.
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Paper Molas

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Delve into the history of textile art using this resource. Learners discuss the history of molas, a type of textile art made in Panama and Columbia, and talk about the importance of this process in the Kuna culture. Then, they create...
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Piecin' It Together

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students examine the art of marquetry. In this Renaissance art lesson, students view the marquetry on the "Renaissance Revival/Aesthetic Cabinet." Students then create a piece of art, demonstrating marquetry skills. Students place...
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Buddhist Art - Lost In The Landscape

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore new objectives for art and examine how Chinese painting reflects Buddhist principles. This lesson includes a vocabulary list and possible lesson extensions for various student levels.
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Handprint Apples

For Teachers Pre-K - K
If you're using an apple theme in your pre-school or kindergarten class, then this project is perfect. Little ones make hand print apples in order to create art while exploring a tactile sensation. 
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Kinetic Sculpture

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Students discover the art of kinetic sculpture using found materials to create objects with human characteristics. Activities address inventive thinking, utilizing unusual materials and team building through the creation of robotic...
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The Language of Books - Activity 1

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Young scholars investigate the art of book making through in-class discussion, a video, and an exploratory activity in this introductory lesson provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting.
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Interpreting Lao Design Drawing

For Teachers K - 6th
Students identify symmetry as a word and concept using drawings. The lesson is cross-cultural using traditional Lao Art. The goal is to then apply the skills of symmetry to personal works of art that are produced.
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Digital Portfolio

For Teachers 10th - 12th
In need of a good way to asses the work your art class has been working on all quarter? This quick-and-easy idea has young artists take digital photographs of each of their art pieces in order to create a digital portfolio. This is a...
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Expressing Ourselves

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Students explore artistic characteristics of "Nandi." In this visual arts lesson, students view the image of "Nandi" and discuss the expression of the sculpture. Students demonstrate various facial expressions and discuss how they can be...
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Portrait Drawing Using a Model - Activity 1

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Young scholars create a realistic portrait using a live model and charcoal in this introductory art lesson on portrait drawing. A video and resource links are included to aid in instructional strategies.
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The Magic of Composition - Activity 1

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students evaluate and critique both their own and other students work while creating their own art pieces in this two-week lesson plan. This can be combined with a photography lesson plan to form a unit of study on Compositional techniques.