Visual Arts Teacher Resources

Paint, draw, sculpt, capture and print to create. There is no limit to the mediums your budding artists may employ. Show your class assorted methods, examples and ideas from our visual arts collection to get their creative juices flowing.
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What's in a Picture? An Introduction to Subject in the Visual Art

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners discuss the subject and meaning of examples of visual art. They analyze various paintings found on the Metropolitan Museum of Art website, answer discussion questions, complete online interactive activities, and write an essay.
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Realistic Impressions: Investigating Movements in the Visual Arts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners explore the idea of movements in the visual arts and differentiate between some of the most well known movements in Western art. The lesson focuses on what makes a painting an example of a particular movement.
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Visual Art Foundation - Grade 2

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders investigate colors. For this visual arts lesson, 2nd graders study primary colors. Students learn to mix primary colors to create secondary colors.
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Street Art Project

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Illuminate your playground with chaulk images. Young aratists use the web to research the work of Keith Haring. Groups then design their own piece of visual art and recreate their images on the school sidewalks of blacktop.
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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 lesson. Start by discussing Mexico's culture and viewing different yarn paintings. After reading about important...
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Little Angels: Art Project

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Get ready for the holiday season with this adorable angel-themed art project. Little ones trace one of their feet for the body, two hands for the wings, then glue a head and a halo to finish off their little angels. These would be...
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Observe Earth Day with Art Projects Made from Recycled Materials

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Creative hands-on art project ideas that are easy on the earth and easy on a teacher’s budget.
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Realistic Impressions: Investigating Movements in the Visual Arts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
You and your high school class can examine the idea of artistic movements with this lesson. Explore various websites, compare/contrast paintings, after which the assignments are to complete a chart, and write an essay.
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Drawing Portraits Using a Grid

For Teachers 5th - 8th
A well-developed art lesson is always great to have around. This lesson on portrait drawing includes a full procedure, modifications, background information on artist Chuck Close, recommended websites, and a few thoughts from the...
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Writing About Art: Subjective vs. Objective

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Explore objective and subjective writing in this interdisciplinary instructional activity, which brings language arts and visual art together. Middle and high school students examine the sculpture Head with Horns by Paul Gauguin. They...
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Lesson: Possible Perspectives

For Teachers K - 5th
Visual art is the inspiration for a creative writing activity focused on having learners write from different perspectives. They analyze the image Yellow Rain Jacket, picking out details to help their storytelling. They use the details...
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Lesson: Who Are You Supposed to Be?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
A new way to connect visual art and creative writing is on the horizon. Kids first identify the characters in the painting Rabbit Hunt, then write narrative from the perspective of one of the characters in the painting. They combine...
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Building a Museum of Museums on the Web

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Imagine stepping into museums across the world right from the comfort of your own classroom, and analyzing artwork in greater detail than you ever thought possible. Google Art Project has made this possible! Amit Sood briefly introduces...
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Depression Era Art: The Federal Arts Project

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students research Depression-era art and WPA arts programs. They discuss the purposes of representational art, list topics that would make good representational art today, and produce a work of art representing a current theme.
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Animal Self-portrait Mosaics: A Visual Arts Elective

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Out-lined here is a two-week procedure that has the class creating ceramic animal tiles that are metaphorical representations of their own personalities. They discuss animal images found throughout history, what they mean, metaphor, and...
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Portraits, Pears, And Perfect Landscapes: Investigating Genre in the Visual Arts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Differentiate between the various genres in the visual arts world, particularly in Western painting. Your class can view and discuss, in small groups, paintings published on the National Galleries website. Then each student individually...
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Tissue Painting

For Teachers Pre-K - 4th
Let's make colors! Your class will participate in a creative art project that introduces them to the concept of color blending and allows them to discover color combinations through exploration, trail, and error. First, the teacher will...
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The Art Lesson

For Teachers K - 3rd
Explore visual arts and illustrations by reading a picture book with your class. Begin by reading the book The Art Lesson about a writer and illustrator who collaborate on their books. Next, have your class answer study questions about...
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Barefoot in the Park

For Teachers K - 5th
Students examine the use of color by Bouguereau. In this visual art color lesson, students experiment painting their own self-portrait. Students will see art as a type of communication, and analyze art and the meaning of paintings.
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Different Points of View

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Considering an examination of point of view? Use visual arts to engage learners in of this element of art and literature. Class members select a portrait from the Renaissance Connection and, guided by a series of brainstorming...
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Colored Sand Pictures

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Get creative with sand! This resource provides the steps needed to make colored sand as well as two sand art project ideas, one for younger and one for older learners. Tip: Have the class research how sand art has been used in various...
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Egyptian Relic: Ceramics Lesson

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Egyptian artwork is inspiring in so many ways. Learners discover the world of Egyptian relics as they make a ceramic version of their own. Multiple resource links and full instructions make this a fun and easy-to-incorporate art project...
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3-D Texture Painting (Impasto)

For Teachers 5th - 9th
A neat art project is on the horizon. Your class can experience impasto, or textured painting with this expressive art lesson. They design and then paint using the impasto technique. This is done by mixing toilet paper into the paint....
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Mini Masks: Ceramics

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Masks have been used for many reasons throughout human history. They are also great subjects for art projects! Included here are instructions, background information, and all the supplies needed to create mini masks in your class. 
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Under the Sea

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Tropical fish are a great subject for any art project, they are colorful, interesting, and can go along with under water themed stories read in class, learner written narratives, or Marine Biology units. This set of instructions will...
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I'm Gonna Make it Shine

For Teachers K - 5th
Students examine visual qualities of art. In this visual qualities lesson, students work in groups to categorize the shiny characteristics of objects. Students create a collage that shows their favorite shiny materials. Students identify...
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Visual Arts- 3D Self-Sculpture

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students construct three dimensional self-portraits. In this visual arts lesson, students use clay to create a self-portrait. Students make the clay and discuss their self-portrait.
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Follow the Leader: Line in the Visual Arts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers identify line in the composition of a number of art works. They explain how the artist's compositional choices guide the viewer's eye to important components of the image. Students identify sight lines in several...
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Portraits, Pears, and Perfect Landscapes: Investigating Genre in the Visual Arts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students define genre in the visual arts, particularly in Western painting and explain the differences between subject and genre. The genre of a variety of works of art is identified.
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Follow the Leader: Line in the Visual Arts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore line in painting and drawing and examine how it is defined in the visual arts. Recognizing line in the composition of a number of art works and how it affects these works of art is the focus of this lesson.
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An Introduction to Visual Art and Art History

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Line shape, color, value, form, texture, space. Students of art history are introduced to the elements of art in a 64-slide PowerPoint that illustrates how these elements combine in visual art. Other essentials, like principles of...
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Recognizing Geometric Shapes

For Teachers K - 4th Standards
Young mathematicians explore the beauty of geometry with this cross-curricular math and visual arts lesson. Over the course of four or five days, children observe and discuss the geometric and organic shapes found in two pieces of...
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Glue Fish

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Get out the glue and those oil pastels its time for an art project. The class explores shape, art, and color as they draw fish with glue, let them dry, and then color them as they wish. This project would be wonderful after discussing...
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Crayon Etching (Scratch Art)

For Teachers K - 8th
What to do at a time when we have a little extra time to fill and need an activity that won't take a lot of prep? This art project is simple and can be linked to various other subjects. Learners use crayons to color in their paper, then...
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Have It Your Way Sandwich Collage

For Teachers K - 2nd
You want to make a sandwich out of fabric and paper? If so, this art project provides the instructions needed. Learners will use a variety of fabrics and paper to construct a sandwich through collage. Tip: Have leaners describe the...
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Clay Gargoyles and Grotesques

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Grotesques or gargoyles are wonderful subjects for stories or art projects. Here is a simple "how to" for creating a instructional activity about sculpting clay gargoyles. Tip: Have learners research gargoyles throughout history.
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Watercolor Rainbows

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Who doesn't love a rainbow? Little ones adore them, so why not make rainbows the subject of your next art project. Your class can use watercolor to paint rainbows. As they do, have them identify the colors in the rainbow, talk about how...
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Fact and Opinion Project

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Explore fact and opinion in the newspaper with your high schoolers. they will read the newspaper and write down specific information they identify as fact and information that is an opinion.  Students draw an art project to illustrate...
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Repeat After Me: Repetition in the Visual Arts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore one of the techniques artists often use to highlight important elements within a painting's composition and to move a viewer's eye around the canvass from highpoint to highpoint.
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References to Antiquity in Visual Arts (1848 - 1914)

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Examine the Latin and Greek language and civilization during the 19th century by exploring the mediums available then. Students examine scenes related to Greek and Roman literature and compare and contrast them.
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Pivotal Images: Beginning, Middle, End

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore artistic techniques by analyzing numerous images. In this visual arts lesson, students discuss storytelling through visuals and identify the beginning, middle and end of a story. Students create their own visual stories...
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Understanding Symmetry Through Visual Art

For Teachers 5th
Have you noticed how math and art are often intertwined? Study how artists create balance and order in their designs and artworks. They complete a radial design project and study examples of symmetry and examples of fractions or...
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Issues: We've All Got Them: Language Arts/ Visual Arts Integration

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
Reading The Pearl by John Steinbeck with your class and looking for an extension activity? Incorporate art and drama as a way of further exploring the themes presented in this work of literature. Start off in groups, each receiving a...
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Lesson Plan 18: Art Project! Design Your Own Book Cover

For Teachers 3rd - 9th
Finished your novel? What’s next? Designing the book cover, of course. But how to begin? After examining the covers of published books and noting the common elements of these jackets, young novelists design a front and back cover for...
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Glue Paint Symmetry Prints

For Teachers K - 12th
Add watercolors to white glue, paint onto clear film paper, fold, open, and voila, a butterfly! This art project, designed for special education classes, but perfect for any classroom, is sure to engage your young artists.
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Lesson Plan 14: Art Project! Design your Own Book Cover

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Now that your budding authors have written their first novel, they need a book cover to go with it! Show examples of other book covers, observing aspects such as positive reviews, illustrations, author's name, author's bio, and a...
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Creating Classroom Rules

For Teachers K - 2nd
Perfect for establishing classroom protocols, this activity gets even the youngest learners thinking about rules and their consequences. The lesson begins with a discussion and a reading of the poem Humpty Dumpty that gets youngsters...
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Pipe Cleaner Sculpture

For Teachers K - 6th
Learners of any age can make the most out of their pipe cleaners. This art project idea is very simple and yet, it could result in some amazing works of art. They use pipe cleaners, flat styrofoam, straws, pasta, and beads to create...
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Elements of Art

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders discover elements in visual art. In this visual art lesson, 3rd graders explore the use of line, shape, and color in visual art. After reviewing works of art, students create unique art pieces. Technology resources provided.
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Study Guide for the 2009 Richard Gray Visual Arts Lecturer: Jules Feiffer

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Students analyze the cartoons of Jules Feiffer and the art genre to then create their own comic book-style spread. In this cartoon art lesson, students read about the work of Feiffer and identify the techniques of the art. Students...
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Aesthetic Connections in Music and Visual Art

For Teachers 11th
High schoolers discuss aesthetics using an existing and student-created program music. They describe music, propose meanings in music and defend their points of view.They also describe and defend music and visual arts representations of...
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Carnival of the Animals and Aquarium and Magic Fish

For Teachers 1st
Engage little learners in this moderately developed three-lesson unit on the composer Camille Saint-Saens and his piece "The Carnival of Animals." Each lesson includes a listening, discussion, and an art project to engage your class in...
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Murals: Historic Walls

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine Mexican history in murals. In this visual arts lesson, students research the artistic style of Mexican murals and the artists that create them. Students then present their research findings to their classmates and write...
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Visual Art: Houses of Power

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students discover the influence of classic architectural styles on government buildings. To begin, they research the classical period of architecture in Greece and Rome. Once they feel confident, students use modeling clay to create bas...
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Vessels In Greek Art: Museum Visit

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students examine Greek vessels. In this visual art lesson plan, students compare Greek vessels to human body parts. Students investigate the uses of vessels and the decorations.
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If These Walls Could Talk

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore Enlightenment and Neoclassical art.  In this visual arts lesson, students compare and contrast images of architecture from both styles. Students create visual art designs that feature the ideals of the Enlightenment.
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Celebration and Satire

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students compare and contrast different perspectives of the French Revolution. In this visual arts lesson, students discuss the use of satire and caricature in history and create satirical cartoons based on contemporary issues.
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Earth Surface and Layers

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students depict the various layers of the Earth through an interactive art project. For this Earth's layers lesson, students listen to the book How to Dig a Hole to the other Side of the World and make speculations of why the center of...
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Visual Arts

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders participate in three visual arts lessons in this unit. They analyze the patterns of quilts, study the life and work of Rosa Bonheur and Edward Hicks.
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Using Visual Arts

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
What is biodiversity, and why is it so important? Explore biodiversity with your young environmentalists by researching an ecosystem and illustrating its diversity through a piece of artwork. An instructional sequence and possible...
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Give It All You’ve Got Heroes and Visual Art

For Teachers 5th
Sure, your young artists probably know Van Gogh and Picasso, but are they equally as familiar with Frida Kahlo and Andy Warhol? Small groups examine the work of famous artists. Then, they create their own hero portraits in Cubist style...
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The Floating World of Ukiyo-e: Shadows, Dreams, and Substance

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine art before creating their own. In this visual arts instructional activity, 8th graders explore art from the Library of Congress and then create their own art.
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Yellow Bird and Me

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Upper elementary artists create works which demonstrate an understanding of the many elements of theater and the visual arts. This four-day plan combines many wonderful aspects of visual, musical, and theatrical arts into one very...
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Depth Through Overlapping Shapes

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students create their own paintings. In this visual arts lesson plan, students explore organic shapes in nature by creating them. Students will use chalk, oil pastels and paint to create their own organic shapes.
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Visual Arts: Symbols That Stand for You!

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students explore symbols and what they represent. For this visual art lesson, students collect various symbols and discuss what they represent. Students create and discuss personal symbols which represent themselves.
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Mosaic Direct Method Lesson Plans

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Pupils create art projects based on the mosaic method of creation. Any kind of material can be glued onto tiles. The real intention of the instructional activity is to encourage students to enjoy art and be creative.
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Camels and Pyramids

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th
Students examine and create artwork. In this visual arts lesson plan, students examine the motif present in "Camels and Pyramids." Students design their own motifs that they incorporate into a painted and stenciled piece.
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1920's and 1930's Visual Literacy Pre-Assessment

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders practice their visual literacy skills. In this visual arts instructional activity, 10th graders examine digital images from the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. Students then analyze the artistic images and discuss...
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Creating Your Own Rock Art

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Learners create rock art. In this visual arts activity, students examine and distinguish petroglyphs, pictographs, and vandalism. Learners study cultures that revered rock art and create rock art panels.
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Terrific Textures

For Teachers K - 2nd
Learners investigate texture in art. In this visual arts lesson, students create an art piece with objects of various textures. Learners use cardboard and glue feathers, sandpaper, foil, and lace to create a unique art piece.
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Water Bottle Flowers

For Teachers K - 4th
Pupils create recycled art. In this visual arts lesson, students follow the provided steps to create their flowers made from recycled water bottles.
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Piet Mondrian Art

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

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders look at early art. In this visual arts lesson, 8th graders investigate the attributes of rock art, examine rock art, and create their own examples of rock art. Analysis and instructional worksheets are included.
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Have Fun With Paint

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students explore different painting techniques. In this visual arts lesson, students use various materials to create different textures in their paintings. Students use wax paper and foam boards to create unique art pieces.
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Mosaics of Cyprus

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars create digital mosaics. For this visual arts lesson, students discover the attributes and history of mosaics in a teacher-led discussion. Young scholars use an educational program to make their own digital mosaics.
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Shaving Cream Art

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Students create a picture using shaving cream. In this visual arts lesson, students get a piece of paper and some shaving cream. They fill pipets with paint to add to the shaving cream and use their hands to make the picture.
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Divination Bag: Yoruba, Nigeria

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students create divination bags. In this visual arts lesson, students study the beliefs of the Yoruba people of Africa. Students design and create divination bags in the style of the Yoruba people.
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Preschool Lesson Plan: The Color Pink

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students explore visual arts by reading books about colors. In this color pink lesson, students read the book Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink and several others discussing the popular color. Students utilize pink colored pens to practice...
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Colored Glue

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Students practice creating colors. In this visual arts lesson, students use glue and food coloring to create new color combinations. A game, a song, a craft, and a recipe are all included with the lesson.
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Islamic Art; Exploring the Visual Arts of the Middle East

For Teachers 5th - 8th
The intent of this unit is to demonstrate some of the traditional arts of the Middle East. Extensive background information on the religion, culture, and nature of Islamic art found throughout the Middle East is provided. Each of the...
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Dragonfly Sculptures

For Teachers K - 3rd
Art projects are great when they apply to other subjects. First study insects, their parts, and their habitats. Then have little ones create a dragonfly. They use clothes pins, raffia, pipe-cleaners, and paint to construct their...
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Exploring Colors

For Teachers K - 2nd
Pupils research visual arts by reading a children's book. In this colors lesson, students identify the primary colors and utilize food coloring, plastic cups and eye droppers to create art using the color combinations. Pupils read the...
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An Introduction to the Relationship Between Composition and Content in the Visual Arts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify different kinds of narratives used in a number of art works, discuss artist's use of compositional elements to further the story and/or convey a message within a work of art, and explain relationship between composition...
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Visual Arts- Planetary Travel Brochure

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Young scholars research the planets and create a "travel brochure." In this space science lesson, students read the book Magic School Bus: Lost in Space and identify various properties of each planet. Young scholars create a brochure for...
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Horse of a Different Color: An Introduction to Color in the Visual Arts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine how artists use color to create a sense of depth in a two-dimensional space. They view and analyze prints, complete worksheets, and write a paragraph on how color is used to draw the viewer's eye to a central figure.
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The Hello Goodbye Window: Visual Art

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Students create a portrait of themselves with a grandparent.  In this visual art lesson, students read the book entitled The Hello Goodbye Window and discuss the events.  Students then draw a portrait of themselves and their grandparents...
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Q is for Quilt: Read and Create

For Teachers K Standards
Kindergarteners review the letter Q and create a beautiful quilt art project after reading the story The Quiltmaker's Gift. They are prompted by the teacher to identify the letter Q by its sound and its shape. They then listen to the...
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Using Pop Art Imagery to Inspire Healthy Eating

For Teachers 8th
Create a visual art project about obesity. In this art instructional activity, 8th graders research and explain the importance of eating healthy and exercise. They document their eating habits in their journal and analyze it.
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Expressions - Activity 1

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Students create wax sculptures of a full body using mathematical calculations and information gathered from a video in this excellent art project. The lesson can be used along or within the unit provided.
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Narrative Art: What’s the Story?

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Your third graders design works of art that reflect themselves. In this visual arts lesson, your class will examine works of art that tell stories and replicate the models as they transform a personal narrative of their own into a visual...
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Horse of a Different Color: An Introduction to Color in the Visual Arts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify ways in which the artist uses color to draw the view's attention to points within the composition and creates a sense of depth. They discuss the effect of color on the tone and mood of an artwork.
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St. Patrick's Day Art Projects

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Activities to make March 17th more than just a day for the wearing of the green!
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Art and Propaganda

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Explore the use of propaganda in art. In this visual arts lesson, analyze events from the American Revolution or Westward Expansion as they view artwork and read narrative accounts. Students explain how the artwork symbolically...
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Share The Love With Valentine’s Day Art Projects

For Teachers K - 8th
Use Valentine’s Day as a reason to send cards to special people in the community or to the troops in Afghanistan.
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Zoom Out - Terry Winter's "Rhyme"

For Teachers K - 5th
Students predict and draw what a picture would look like if a camera zoomed out on it. In this visual arts lesson, students listen to a reading of Istavan Banyai's, Zoom before looking at an image of "Rhyme" by Terry Winters. They...
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A Community of Shapes and Symbols

For Teachers K - 1st
Create beautiful paintings with negative space in your kindergarten classroom. A multi-step lesson plan guides your class through the process of creating pieces for an art project, which could yield more than one successful composition.
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Visual Art and Music

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Young scholars examine how pop art compliments music. In this arts lesson, students explore the elements of pop art and replicate those elements in their own piece of art.
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Value Explorations

For Teachers 7th - Higher Ed
Students perceive and respond to works of art, nature, events, and the environment. In this visual arts lesson, students explore value, an element of design. Students use the value scale and explore works of art. Students practice taking...
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Rhythm and Art: Elements of Art

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discover the three elements of art. In this visual arts lesson, students examine line, shape, and color of works by Torres-Garcia and Picasso. Students then identify the elements of art in works by other artists.
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Eric Carle Author Study

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students view the Eric Carle web page, formulate questions about his work, and e-mail the questions to him. Selections from his book lists are made, art projects created, and communication set up with the author.
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Ideas for Art Projects

For Teachers K - 12th
Students create art projects with different purposes--for personal expression, for theater, and for historical presentations. This site contains several highly creative plans which can be modified for different needs and grade levels.
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Rhythm and Art: Painting

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students make connections between music and visual art. In this integrated arts lesson plan, students design paintings that challenge them to examine the relationship between art elements and principles.
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Everything in Its Right Place: an Introduction To Composition in Painting

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students complete a variety of activities as they study the basics of artistic composition in the visual arts.
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What Does Art Sound Like?

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Help your charges investigate visual art by identifying sounds that are associated with the images. They view art galleries online and discuss which sounds would be present if the image was a real life situation. Additionally, they...
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Weaving Traditions - Activity 1

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students practice the techniques of weaving and braiding in this introductory lesson on family traditions and visual art. The lesson includes a video and other resource links.
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Reshaping the Lens

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders present Aboriginal Canadian successes. In this Social Studies lesson, 10th graders use the Media Arts Project to construct a multi-media project to share with classmates on an accomplished Aboriginal Canadian. Students use...
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New Media Portraits

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students write descriptions of themselves. In this autobiographical writing lesson, students participate in a Media Arts Project by writing about themselves using different perspectives and incorporating similes, metaphor, and...
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Finding the Animals: A Visual Exploration of Art

For Teachers K - 2nd
Learners participate in a “thirty-second look,” followed by a class discussion about Jan Brueghel’s painting The Entry of the Animals into Noah’s Ark. In this visual arts lesson plan, observers study the painting then use descriptive...
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Writing a Narrative Movie Script with the Use of a Viewfinder

For Teachers 5th - 9th
And...action! Turn your middle schoolers into filmmakers with this writing and visual arts lesson. After reading Monster by Walter Dean Myers, they create a viewfinder using an empty toilet paper roll to make a storyboard for their...
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Full Esteem Ahead

For Teachers K - 2nd
Young learners who feel good about themselves will fare better in the long run than those who do not have a high level of self-esteem. Introduce youngsters to what it means to like themselves. Discuss positive characteristics and...
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Recycling

For Teachers Pre-K - K Standards
Raise young children's environmental awareness with this early elementary recycling lesson. After discussing garbage and the importance of recycling, students perform a variety of activities that explore different ways of recycling and...
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Using Visual Art to Create Scenes

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students review scene structure and the elements beginning, middle and end. They view a piece of art to stimulate an idea for a improvised scene. Students work in small groups, create and then perform their scenes for the rest of the...
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Lesson: Younger Than Jesus: Understanding, Looking at, Making Abstract Art

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Before the class makes abstract art, they see contemporary examples and analyze them. They look at art made by abstract artists under the age of 33 then use similar techniques to create an interesting collection of their own. The...
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Lesson: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Attention to Detail

For Teachers K - 5th
After a quick warm up activity, learners get ready to use their keen observation skills to examine an ornate Japanese pencil box. They discuss the artistry, skills, and story of the box, paying close attention to details. They then...
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Lesson Plan: Wide Open Spaces

For Teachers 6th - 12th
What's the difference between city space and wide open space? Young analysts explore each space through writing, critical thinking, and discussion. They use what they learn to create collages that exemplify both worlds. Great discussion...
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Lesson Plan: Blending Observation and Imagination

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Upper graders analyze the work, Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase by Maria van Oosterwyck. They consider the value of her paintings and how they are still relevent and sought after, 350 years after they were created. The blending of...
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Lesson Plan: Finding Treasures Within

For Teachers K - 5th
Sherlock Holmes had fantastic skills of observation. Your super sleuths will examine the pattern, rhythm, texture, and color of a painting to uncover the symbolism beneath. A great lesson, that incorporates observation, art analysis,...
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Lesson: Daria Martin: Body as Language

For Teachers 9th - 12th
There is a wonderful magic that happens when artists collaborate. Kids examine storytelling through collaborative art. Inspired by Rodin's sculpture Minotaur, Daria Martin and Anna Halprin create a filmed dance sequence. Kids analyze the...
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Art Smart!

For Teachers 3rd
Here is an amazingly thorough, and detailed, lesson plan on elements of art and art appreciation. Designed for third graders, this series of lessons should open up the eyes of your charges to the wonderful world of art that is all around...
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Expanded Images

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th
Allow your young artists to use their imagination with this fun art project! Cut out various images from a magazine to be the spark to your artists' creativity. Have them glue an image onto a piece of paper, then draw a backdrop to go...
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Mitten Mania

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Youngsters listen to the classic Jan Brett book, The Mitten, then gain strength in utilizing listening skills, developing vocabulary, practicing sequencing events, and expressing themselves through movement and art projects. This rich...
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Grade K Literacy in Social Studies: Thinking About Families

For Teachers K Standards
Family is a wonderful subject for little learners to get excited about. Family is also the theme for a social studies unit that uses literacy standards throughout. The guide outlines approximately three weeks of instruction and breaks...
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A Hundred Bales of Hay

For Teachers K - 4th Standards
This lesson combines math, visual arts, and language arts activities that all focus on the making, and baling of hay. The activities can be adjusted to address different age ranges. Most of the activities focus on gaining...
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A Brown Bag of Surprises

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Young learners create individual art projects from various materials to develop creative-thinking, fine-motor, and language skills. They receive a surprise bag full of art materials that they utilize to create their own unique piece of...
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The Ghost Catcher

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders read the story The Ghost Cather and complete activities related to the book. In this language arts lesson plan, 2nd graders complete comprehension questions, art projects, and more.
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Spray Bottle Paint Mural

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Sometimes all you need is a quick and easy outdoor art project. Perfect for the end of the school year, this mural project allows kids to make a mess while creating art. They use spray bottles full of paint to "spray" paint a large sheet...
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Firework Art

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Glitter, glue, and construction paper is all your class will need to make firework art! They'll sprinkle glitter onto the lines of glue they've put on their paper, creating unique firework type art. This is a good free art time project...
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Baby Wipe Tie Dye

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Tie dye projects can be messy, but this one has kids use baby wipes instead of t-shirts. They place rubber bands around their baby wipes and roll them in different colors. This would be great for discussing mixing colors and could be a...
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Warm Sun And Cool Moon

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Discover the art and art techniques of George Seurat (1859-1891). Your class will create their own multimedia examples of visual art in this Art lesson for the 3rd and 4th grades. The lesson includes a short vocabulary list and...
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Hieroglyphic Art Project

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students translate words and ideas into pictures. They make a list of words or phrases that could be drawn as symbols. Students complete this as part of a project on Egyptian and other civilizations that used hieroglyphics. They use...
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Water: A Source of Life and Culture

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Learners explore water as a feature of culture. In this visual arts lesson, students consider the necessity of water in every culture. Learners select water symbols and use their artistic skills to create water symbol silhouettes.
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Shoe Fish

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Fishy, fishy, fishy, fish! Kids take off their shoes and trace them to create fish for a large aquarium art project. Each traced shoe shape is decorated with gills, fins, scales, and eyes, then hug on an aquarium background. Three book...
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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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Winter Crayon Resists

For Teachers Pre-K - 6th
In need of a quick art project to chase away those winter blues? In just six steps you'll know how to instruct learners on creating winter scenes using crayon resist. 
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Painting Analysis Worksheet

For Students 9th - 12th
In this visual arts learning exercise, students select paintings to analyze. Students then respond to 3 short answer questions and complete a graphic organizer based on their evaluation of the art.
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Apple At Dinner

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students explore motor skills by creating art projects from apples. In this hand-eye coordination lesson, students utilize a knife, red apple, and different art supplies to create a person's face on the fruit. Students work slowly with...
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Understanding Symmetry Through Visual Art

For Teachers 4th
Have your class explore symmetry, radial balance and fractional parts in natural and man-made objects in their environment. Learners list examples and identify symmetrical and asymmetrical designs. Pupils are given a box of crayons and...
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An Introduction to the Relationship Between Composition and Content in the Visual Arts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers investigate how artists create a story that provides a message or provokes emotions in a single image. The ways in which the composition of a painting contributes to telling the story or conveying the message is examined...
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Visual Arts Sculpture, wood art,

For Teachers K - Higher Ed
Explore the development of wood art. In this art history lesson, students study the art work of Gary Stevens. They describe, analyze, and derive meaning from the art they see. They then write a theory about the artist's purpose for the...
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Math in Art-Fractions, Percentages, and Decimals

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Your creative mathematicians will enjoy this unique lesson plan that combines math with art. They will create a vibrant design on a 10" by 10" grid, using pre-cut squares from colored paper. After completing their art project,...
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Book Illustrations and Their Illustrators as Artists-K-3

For Teachers K - 3rd
Help learners construct relationships between written narratives and book illustrations, and between the narratives in formal visual art and the subject of the visual art. Look at Caldecott winning books and focus on the pictures drawn....
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Using the Internet - Art and Design

For Students 7th - Higher Ed
An interesting resource that might work best in an upper level art course, this handout provides a list of nine websites where young artists can read and study about all forms of art. These online resources range from a dictionary of...
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Rhythm, Patterns, Color and Texture in Art and Poetry

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Explore rhythm, patterns, color and texture in art and poetry. For this poetry lesson, students perform a class symphony and note the elements they experience. Students work in small groups to create a visual art piece that relates the...
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Out of the Box

For Teachers K - 5th
Students think creatively.  In this out of the box lesson, students explore the Frederic C. Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum, examining the work of architect Daniel Libeskind and his team.  Students discover structural shapes...
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An Artistic View of Outer Space

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders recreate the solar system. In this visual arts instructional activity, 3rd graders use compasses to draw planets and use oil pastels to color their rendition of the solar system.
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Exploring Our Cultural Heritage Through Art

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students research the art of selected cultures. In this visual arts lesson, students compose essays after they conduct independent research on the art of a culture. Students also create art proposals that feature the attributes of the...
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Exploring Pottery Techniques

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine Native American pottery. In this visual arts lesson, students analyze burnished and glazed clay pots. Students study how to create pots from online sources and respond to questions about the process. Extension activities...
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Visual Arts Lesson: Writing desk

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders examine a writing desk. They each make decorative drawers to scale for assembly into a class desk. They use repetitive motifs in their designs.
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Paper Bag Butterfly Puppets

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Whether you're using it to tell stories, explore the letter b, or during a life science lesson plan, these butterfly puppets will be a hit. Youngsters use crayons, tissue paper, and paper bags to create butterfly puppets.
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Shadows & Light, Science & Puppetry

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Lights, shadows, action, and inquiry await your artistic scientists. They explore the way light travels, absorbs, reflects, and transmits through shadow play. They create folktale-inspired shadow puppets, explore the science of light,...
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Fabric Art

For Teachers K - 8th
Do kids use problem solving skills when they create scrap art? You bet they do! After examining the art of Mary Katherine Lamb, they create their own pieces using recycled products and vintage art techniques. They watch a video about the...
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Lesson: After Nature: Visions and Visionaries

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Build visual literacy, discussion, and critical thinking skills with an innovative art lesson. Young analysts discuss the use of decalcomania, surrealism, and automatism in various contemporary pieces, discuss constructed truth, and...
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Lesson: Expressing the Inner Life of Things

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Found metal objects were welded together to create an inspiring African sculpture. Learners consider the use of objects and the inspiration of African art seen in Picasso's work. They then find and create a scrap art sculpture, as well...
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Lesson: Recycle, Repurpose, Recreate!

For Teachers K - 5th
Before youngsters use items from the recycle bin to create unique repurposed sculptures, they should analyze some art. Here, they learn about Francis Nnaggenda, an assemblage artist from Uganda. They analyze one of his sculptures,...
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Lesson: A Collage of Cultures

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The blanket being analyzed here seems simple and plain, but it reflects the culture and geography of the people who made it. Learners critically examine the influence geography and culture had on the creation of the blanket and on...
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Clay Assessment Sheet

For Students 7th - 10th
After your art class has completed a clay project, they can fill out this self-assessment to build their art-analysis and self-reflective skills. There are eight questions on two pages to help you grade your learners.
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Lesson Plan: How Coyote Came to Shuffle Off to Buffalo

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Creative kids read, discuss, play-act, and sketch to examine the cultural significance of Old Man Coyote. They listen to several stories involving Coyote, analyze the Harry Fonseca painting Shuffle Off to Buffalo, and write Coyote...
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Art Activities: Developing Visual Observational Skills

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore visual arts by participating in several class art activities. In this art appreciation activity, students discuss the broad concept of a photograph including uses of lines, shadows, reflections and shapes. Students...
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Math Masterpieces: Two Women on the Beach by Paul Gauguin

For Students 2nd - 4th
Why not add a little additional knowledge to your drill and practice math problems? This cute worksheet provides young mathematicians with a little exposure to art and art history as they practice subtracting 3-digit numbers. As students...
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Egg-Stra Easy Watercolor “Crunch”

For Teachers K - 12th
It doesn't have to be Easter to enjoy this egg-stra fun art project. Kids crunch egg shells, saturate them with color, and glue them to boxes or other objects to make egg-stra special gifts.
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Kites!

For Teachers K - 2nd
Let's go fly a kite! Little learners cut, glue, color, and design kites from a variety of materials. The step-by-step instructions are included along with three wonderful book recommendations. Tip: This project could easily be...
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Mural Painting - Activity 1

For Teachers 4th - 11th
Students create a "mural philosophy" and discuss various areas in their own schools that could use an art mural with the purpose of presenting to school administration. This class art project is adaptable to the needs/desires of specific...
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Middle-East Reflections

For Teachers K - 12th
Practice symmetry and patterns with this Mid-Eastern art project. Your class will create beautiful, reflective mosaics that will brighten up the classroom! A list of necessary materials is included.
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Name Patterns

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Here is a fun, colorful, and engaging art project that is sure to get your kids excited! They make a piece of art using watercolor paints, and by making a design out of the letters of their first name. This would be a fantasti art...
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Art Around the World

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
The non-fiction book Art Around the World by Heather Leonard serves as inspiration for learning how art reflects cultures and values. New vocabulary and background knowledge are fleshed out before reading the story. Afterward, the class...
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Samurai Warrior Codes: Comparing Perspectives from the Kamakura, Muromachi, and Edo Periods

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
We all know that things change over time, but is it something we can see socially or politically? Learners examine Samurai warrior codes from the Kamakura, Muromachi, and Edo periods as they analyze a literary and visual arts piece that...
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Talking Rocks

For Teachers K - 4th
Artists imitate the symbols used by tribes of the Southwest or use their own word pictures that communicate something about themselves. This lesson plan is a perfect blend of visual art and social studies. Students create a beautiful...
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Pixel Drawings

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Middle and high schoolers re-create a magazine photo or other picture and make it into a drawing using pixels. This fun art project should be a hit with your charges! The materials needed to implement the lesson should be easy to get,...
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One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

For Students Pre-K - 2nd Standards
Get beginning readers excited about National Reading Month with a resource that includes a game of matching, finding and making fish patterns, comparing and contrasting in a Venn diagram, and graphing. The resource gives a one-page plan...
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Creating Life Cycle Diagrams Using Inspiration

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Learners investigate different life cycles of plants, insects or animals, then create visual examples of the process using the concept mapping program Inspiration or Kidspiration. They create an animation of a plant or animal. This is a...
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What Is Clay?

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th
This resource could come in handy the next time you feel like teaching about clay. Basic sculpting techniques, vocabulary, and history of clay are outlined in this informative resource. Use prior to teaching an art project involving...
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Siesta Pillow

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers investigate the culture of Mexico through the medium of visual art. They conduct research using a variety of resources. The information is used as inspiration for creating their own pillows with the use of fabric markers.
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Conserving Water through Art!

For Teachers K - 4th
Students study water conservation. In this water conservation activity, students investigate the scarcity of water and determine reasons for conserving water.  Students estimate how much water they use in one day and identify ways to...
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TASC Transition Curriculum: Workshop 12

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How can opinions slant facts? Workshop participants learn how to examine primary and secondary sources and identify the author's point of view. They also examine how visual art impacts the meaning and rhetoric of sources. Full of...
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Inhale the Colour of Life

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Here is a four-lesson series which elicits understanding of the power of color when viewing and creating pieces of visual art. Learners view the works of Robert Harris and engage in discussions which lead to an understanding of what...
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Chatty Cherry Stories

For Teachers K - 3rd
Young artists will respond to reading children's literature, by engaging in original storytelling and representing their own images through the visual arts. Then they orally describe details of people, places, and things in their stories...
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Pointillism Technique Using Ink Dabbers

For Teachers 4th - 8th
A gumball machine art project is a great way to learn about optical mixing in a study of pointillism and Georges Seurat. Kids create their own masterpieces and learn about primary and secondary colors in the process.
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Minimal Animals

For Teachers K - 8th
Have fun creating imaginary creatures with this symmetry lesson plan! Your class will paint one half of their imaginary creature, fold their paper in half, which will result in a symmetrical figure. What a great art project to combine...
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Losing Track

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Don't lose the chance to use the task. Given three diagrams of curved pieces of wires, young mathematicians must explain whether it's possible to conclusively match the wires as representing cubic, exponential, or quadratic functions....
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Paper Spiders

For Teachers Pre-K - K
The positional words up and down are the focus of a language and visual arts lesson. Learners get a paper plate and eight strips of construction paper. They create a spider out of their paper plate, and cut out a circle out of a piece of...
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The Very Busy Spider

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Youngsters explore visual arts by participating in a geometry identification activity. They read the book The Very Busy Spider and identify the techniques spiders use to create webs. Have you ever noticed that their webs are geometric...
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Comic Strip Scale Drawing Project

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Add some visual arts to your pre-algebra curriculum with an engaging drawing project. After choosing a favorite comic strip, picture, or illustration, young mathematicians create enlarged scale drawings following a set of defined criteria.
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Hula Hoopla!

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Hop, skip, jump, and roll! Hula hoops have a way of putting fun in motion. Young children interact in a variety of games involving small and large hula hoops. They will develop their motor skills and eye-hand coordination while playing...
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Different Numbers - Ladybug's Spots

For Students Pre-K - K Standards
How many spots does this ladybug have? Young counters record the number. Next, they examine three ladybugs, count their spots, and circle the one that has a different number. After repeating this with another set of ladybugs, they can...
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Mary Sorted Her Snails

For Students K - 1st Standards
Mary needs help sorting her snails! Each snail has one of three distinct patterns on its shell, and scholars sort each into the proper category. Then, they count the number of snails in each pattern group (triangles, circles, and zigzag)...
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Ice Fishing is for the Birds

For Teachers K - 1st Standards
Approach addition with young mathematicians in an engaging way through this penguin-inspired activity. In small groups, scholars think about times they have used addition in their real lives (there are some suggestions given), then watch...
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The Pig Who Went Home on Sunday

For Teachers Pre-K - K Standards
Turn your classroom into a pig sty with a instructional activity based on the Appalachian folktale The Pig Who Went Home on Sunday. Similar to the story of The Three Little Pigs, the folktale tells a story of four pigs who leave home—and...
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Poetic Reflections

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Poetry is a wonderful way to explore language, express topical understanding, and incite creative thinking. After a trip to the local natural history museum (or zoo), learners write an acrostic or a cinquain poem describing one of their...
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An Educator's Guide to the Works of Laurie Halse Anderson

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Laurie Halse Anderson tackles challenging topics for teens. An educator's guide shares activities for many of her novels such as Prom, Shout, and Wintergirls. Questions, perfect to use as either discussion or as essay prompts, accompany...
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It's About Time!

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students examine concept of time, and explore difference between analog and digital clocks; students make art project to represent time and create a time-story problem and solution.
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The Art Project

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders explore right triangles.  In this geometry lesson, 10th graders investigate the sum of the distances from a point on the hypotenuse of a right isosceles triangle to the leg.  The concept is explored in the context of a...
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Erase A Lack Of Art Projects

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students investigate the concept of art and how it can be created in many different ways. They create class projects and the purpose is to communicate something that was learned. Then students answer questions to establish the reasons to...
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A Circle of Friends!

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students learn a lot about each other with this child-to-child interview and art project. In this early childhood language arts lesson, students use critical and creative thinking skills as they conduct interviews with their classmates.
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Setting the Scene

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students determine how artists create setting. In this visual arts lesson, students complete the "Observing a Scene," worksheet and then respond to discussion questions about the selection. Students then use the clues they read about to...
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Jingle Sells, Jingle Sells

For Teachers 8th
8th graders engage in an interdisciplinary lesson about advertising through integration with music, science, mathematics, visual art, drama-theater, and language arts. They write advertising jingle lyrics in English language arts or...
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Artists in Search of a Medium: Jonathon Keats

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
What is Conceptual art? How do artist choose a medium in which to work? Why do artists work in specific mediums? Welcome your learners to the world of visual arts with a unit-long examination of the work of conceptual artist Jonathon...
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The Grey Eminences

For Teachers K - Higher Ed
Learners explore the work of David Ireland. In this visual arts lesson, students watch a video segment about artist David Ireland, study images of his conceptual art pieces, and create their own conceptual art pieces.
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Exploring Photographs, Lesson 2—A Closer Look: Analysis in the Museum

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore photographic works of art. In this visual arts lesson, students analyze selected photographs by Garcia, Ray, and Eggleston. Students take their own photographs in the style of these photographers.
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Comparing Cultural Holidays

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore art that reflects their cultural background. In this writing and research lesson students compare and contrast the Halloween with El Dia de los Muertos. Students study the visual art of these holidays. Then students...
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An American Scene Painter

For Teachers Pre-K - 4th
Students study the work of American scene painter Charles Burchfield. For this visual arts lesson, students research the nature paintings of Burchfield and then paint their own watercolor scenes in his style.