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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Creativity Explored

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Allow your creative class to explore its artistic side. Pupils use a wide variety of mediums; paint, crayons, shoe polish, and cotton wool to create a themed art piece. You choose the theme and they create the art. Tip: Pick a theme that...
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Japanese Collage

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders compare and contrast different types of art associated with different cultures. They identify how cultures express their values in art. They create their own collage about Japan.
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Sculpture and Nature

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine and discuss the environmental art of Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Long. They view images, observe how to lash tree materials together, and demonstrate how to lash tree materials.
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Go Fish

For Teachers K - 2nd
Here is a good art lesson on creating colorful versions of fish. After studying images of a variety of fish, young artists choose one that they want to create an image of. Using some high-quality materials, they create their masterpieces...
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Hand Vase: Ceramics

For Teachers K - 3rd
Ceramics can be a wonderful medium. The class creates fun and funky hand shapes vases inspired by Aboriginal art forms. This would be a great project to do just before Mother's Day. 
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Pop Bottle Flowers

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students make flowers from art materials. They use construction paper and paint to create a t-shirt with the flowers on it. They use a pop bottle to create the petals.
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Paper Flowers

For Teachers K - 2nd
Here is a great art project to use at the onset of spring. Little ones use paper towels, tempera paint, and glue to create free-form flowers. Tip: Use this idea to make the front of a Mother's Day card.
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Give Me A Museum and I'll Fill It

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders view pieces of Pablo Picasso's art. They discover art can have images and words to express meaning. They create their own piece of art and share with the class.
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Designing Illuminated Text

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine illuminated manuscripts from the Gutenberg Bible. Using the examples, they use the internet to explore the effects of the printing press on the value of literature and art. They create their own illuminated initial...
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Mixed Media Houses

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students select from collage and reference materials related to houses and develop a two dimensional work of art using various imagery and then draw or paint into a composition to achieve a work of art suitable for the gallery or add to...
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Pictures at an Exhibition

For Teachers K - 8th
Students discuss how the musical composition was created. They listen to "Pictures at an Exhibition." Students discuss how the Promenade in the beginning of the opus is based on Mussorgsky walking through the exhibit of paintings....
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Photo/Mat Weaving

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Young scholars explore the art of mat weaving. In this tapestry lesson, students create maps with paper or photographs. Young scholars understand age appropriate skills and technique of map weaving. Students learn the cultural aspects of...
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Model a Famous Painting in Friendly Plastic

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Friendly Plastic is a fun art medium created by Amaco Clay Company. It is versatile and results in a beautiful end product. With this resource, young artists can recreate a famous painting using Friendly Plastic. What a fun way to study...
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Rhythm in Motion

For Teachers K - 8th
Any age of elementary student can demonstrate their understanding of the connections of elements of art and music by creating their own slit song. You will investigate and study the Melanesian Slit Song with Kindergartners through Junior...
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Fernand Leger

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Introduce youngsters to the art of Fernand Leger. Provide images, examples, and biographical information on one of contemporary art's famous forebearers. They'll learn about his technique, style, and see multiple examples of his work.
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Paul Cezanne

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
How much do you know about Paul Cezanne? If you need a little biographical information on this fantastic impressionist, look no further. Through text and art, the life of Cezanne is well described. Use this resource to give your art...