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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What Is Art?

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Learners discuss the definition of "Art" and are introduced to the richness and complexity of the visual arts in this Art or Art appreciation instructional activity for grades 7 through 12. The instructional activity can be adapted for...
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Art Goes Back to School

For Teachers K - Higher Ed
Students study the history of art education in the Bay Area of San Francisco. In this art education lesson, students read information about the art education, activities, and history for art education in the Bay Area.
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The Fine Art of Collecting: Mail Art Collector John Held Jr.

For Teachers 8th - 9th
Students study and create Mail Art. In this art lesson, students study the evolution of Mail Art. This lesson includes an extensive list of resources related to the topic and a few related activities for students involving Mail Art.
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Art Lesson Synthesis

For Teachers K
Students observe animals and complete an art project. In this interdisciplinary lesson plan, students define the word mosaic, create animal mosaics, and share their creations with the class. As students explain their art to the class...
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Exploring Process Art: Grade 7-8

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Learners explore process art. In this visual arts instructional activity, students use the force of gravity to create artistic compositions that mimic the styles of process art from the 1960's and 1970's.
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Piet Mondrian Art

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Pupils study Piet Mondrian's artwork. In this visual arts lesson, students analyze the use of lines and colors by Mondrian in his art. Pupils create their artwork in the style of Mondrian.
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Name Art

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students create name art. In this visual arts lesson, students use horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines to highlight their own names in print. Students use primary colors to create secondary colors in the project.
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Art One-Master Emulation Acrylic Painting Lesson Plan

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine art history books and gather information on three masters. Using the text, they gather information about their history, style, and the techniques they used. They create their own paintings using acrylic paint using the...
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Activity Plan 5-6: Art History 101

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students learn to appreciate art. For this early childhood lesson plan, students read about different artists and imitate their style to develop creative thinking, and language and literacy skills.
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Art Detectives

For Teachers K - 5th
Young scholars look at many creative artworks and define what tool was used to create the works of art. In this artwork lesson plan, students look at pictures and match them up with cards that have tools on them.
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Subway Art

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students study the Subway drawings by Keith Haring and create their own class mural. In this art lesson plan, students also answer short answer questions provided.
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Cultural "Art"-ifacts

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explore how culture is reflected through art. After researching the art of a specific culture, 7th graders create replicas of art objects that reflect the ideals, values, and history of the culture.
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Cave Art: Discovering Prehistoric Humans through Pictures

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore how people in earlier times used art as a way to record stories and communicate ideas. By studying paintings from the Cave of Lascaux and other caves in France, students discover that pictures are more than pretty colors.
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Haring Art Truck

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Young scholars are introduced to the work of Keith Haring and graffiti art in general. They work together to design and paint a car imitating Keith Haring's style.
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Open Your Eyes To Art!

For Teachers K - 4th
Young scholars help create a colorful bulletin board for classroom art displays in this short lesson for the early elementary classroom. The lesson, which can use a variety of items, includes product ideas and resource links to find...
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Exhibiting Art

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Learners create a brochure for an art gallery combining research and images pertaining to known art works such as Van Gogh - Self Portrait and art pieces of the students. Learners use their own artwork and download images from the and...