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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Using Your Ears

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students analyze performances. They discuss musical interpretation and evaluate differences in interpretation.
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Kinetic Sculpture

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Young scholars 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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Printing Through a Master - Activity 1

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Students discover the art of printmaking in this introductory lesson provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. Emphasis is placed on the history of the art and master printer Liza Jones.
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Interpreting Lao Design Drawing

For Teachers K - 6th
Learners 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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Cubist Self-Portrait

For Teachers 8th
Study Cubism and Cubist art by examining a number of images with your students. They look at the relationship of Cubism to society architecture, and literature. Finally, they design a Cubist self-portrait using a variety of mediums after...
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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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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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"Draw the Line"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Understanding the power of line in art is a step toward becoming a good artist. Provide a systematic way for learners to either show what they know about line, or explore how line affects the visual experience of the viewer. They create...
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Making Twisteez Masks

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Young artists build a three-dimensional form with Twisteez Wire on a stationary screen base. They can paint the base if they wish. The results of this art project are spectacular, but be warned that the materials needed are not easy to...
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Work Patterned on Mondrian

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students study and describe aesthetic properties in art. They use criteria to participate in critiques.
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Portrait Drawing Using a Model - Activity 1

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Pupils 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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Drawing of Animal Of Student's Choice

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students create a drawing of an animal, real or imagined. They develop their artistic skills and work to develop exhibition quality art. After observing magazine pictures, students choose what they will draw. They create a background for...
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Two-Point Perspective

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders will learn to create the illusion of depth on a two dimensional surface using the technique of perspective.Analyze famous works of art and photographs of local architecture and identify how each is using perspective....
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Focus on Phrasing

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The band practices The Star Spangled Banner, while focusing on phrasing. They discuss musical phrasing then practice incorporating it in their performance. Cross curricular extension activities are included.
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Calico Watercolor Cats

For Teachers K - 2nd
A fun art project, this lesson incorporates math and listening skills as young artists play with a new painting technique. First the teacher models how to draw a cat using shapes, an oval for the body, triangles for the ears and so on,...
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Symmetry vs. Asymmetry

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Do your young artists know the difference between symmetry and asymmetry? If they don't, then get out the projector and show them this slide show. It contains several excellent example of symmetrical and asymmetrical art. It is simple...