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62 resources with the concept principles of design

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Drawing Portraits Using a Grid

For Teachers 5th - 8th
A well-developed art instructional activity is always great to have around. This instructional activity on portrait drawing includes a full procedure, modifications, background information on artist Chuck Close, recommended websites, and...
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Exploring Weather Conditions Through Painting

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Your advanced class will paint a picture of a particular weather condition. In this painting lesson learners describe elements of art in pieces of artwork. They analyze the weather and seasons in the artwork. The students use paper,...
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Understanding Design, Composition, and Color

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The set for a play combines design elements (style, line, shape, mass, measure, position, color, and texture) and principles of composition (unity, harmony, contrast, variation, balance, proportion, and emphasis) to create a particular...
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Art/Architecture - Andrea Palladio

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
The design principles of 16th Century Italian architect Andrea Palladio are the focus of an episode in the "Art/Architecture" School of Life playlist. The narrator points out how Palladio's belief that the purpose of architecture was to...
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Circle of Pong

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
A STEM lesson presents a simulation of placing a scientific instrument in a lava flow. Teams design and build a device that can place a ping pong ball in a cup from a distance of at least three feet. They test and refine the device...
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Fire Brigade

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Only you can create a firefighting innovation. Pupils first learn about fire suppressants and retardants in the STEM lesson. They then take part in two design challenges where they consider new firefighting techniques.
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Listening Devices

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
What noise is coming from that box? Teams design and build a device that hears a noise from inside a box. Groups must complete the task within a time limit and use the STEM design process. Participants must be able to hear the sound well...
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Freestanding Structures

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
How high can you go? In a STEM design challenge, teams design and build a structure using only dowel rods and rubber bands. The goal is to build the tallest freestanding structure using all of the dowel rods. Teams present their designs...
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Balloon Astronaut

For Teachers 2nd - 8th Standards
Design protection from high-speed particles. The STEM lesson plan highlights why astronauts need protection from space debris. Pupils use the design process to design, build, and test a spacesuit that will protect a balloon from a...
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STEM Activities for Middle School Students

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Use STEM activities within the class to provide connections to concepts. The resource includes activities that range from working with buoyancy to building rockets and launching them. Other activities involve the engineering design...
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Transformation

For Teachers K - 3rd
Create colorful cool or warm butterflies with simple materials. Class members draw their designs, spray the marker to diffuse the colors, and attach pipe cleaners to form the shape of a butterfly with antennae. Individuals must be able...
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Home Sweet Home

For Teachers 4th - 6th
What are your pupils' homes like? Incorporate their homes into a drawing lesson. Using an enlarged photograph, class members draw a grid so they can easily split their drawing in half. The final product should demonstrate cool colors,...
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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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Learning from the past: Ancient Mosaics

For Teachers 10th
Budding artists study the history and significance behind ancient mosaics and mosaic murals. They study multiple examples of ancient mosaics, sketch a design, and use clay tiles to create thoughtful mosaics of their own. 
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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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How to Draw Caricatures

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Caricature drawing is fun, and can help learners explore the principle of design and content specific vocabulary. They view a video and books that use character drawings, discuss vocabulary such as exaggeration, proportion, and symmetry,...
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Pastel Drawing like Vincent Van Gogh

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Learners discuss the elements of art and design found in a series of flower paintings by Vincent Van Gogh. They explore art, shading, and color as they create mirrored representations of the master's art, using oil pastel. 
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Coil Pots

For Teachers 1st - 8th
Children learn by doing. Here, they discuss cultural uses of containers, coil and slab techniques, functional aesthetics, and the principles of art and design. The entire process for making a coil pot is fully described here to make the...
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Mexican Metal Tooling

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Metal work can be a wonderful way to expose learners to Mexican folk art. This resource provides all the necessary steps for creating Mexican metal tooling with your art class. Images, web links, recommended books and products make...
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CREATIVE PRINCIPLES

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Jr. high learners review the basic principles of design (balance, unity, movement, rhythm, pattern, contrast and emphasis) by watching a video by Gerald Brommer. Then they provide "aerobic exercise" for the right side of their brains by...
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Studio Art Lessons Based on Latin American Arts

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Study three of the basic principles of design: l) designs should create a rhythmic pattern made up of related shapes, 2) colors should be repeated so as to not force the eye to remain with a single part of the composition, and 3) a...
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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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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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Japanese Tea and Teacups

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Upper graders use the potter's wheel to make Japanese style tea cups, which they will use in a Japanese style tea ceremony. They hone their sculpting techniques while exploring Japanese cultural and the history of tea. There are two...
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Personal Narrative Still Life

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars investigate the Realism movement. In this Realism art movement lesson, students explore the movement and evaluate the elements of still life painting. Young scholars compare the Realism movement to other 19th century art...
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Principles of Design

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Young scholars study the principles of design by viewing a PowerPoint presentation and then find examples of those principles in magazines. They look through magazines or sketch clothing that exhibit the principles of design and show...
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Principles of Design - Picture Assignment

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students identify, explain and use the basic principles of design. They find a large, clear picture depicting each of the different principles of design and write a complete sentence describing where they see each of the principles of...
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Elements and Principles Using a Movie

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify the elements and principles that appear in an illustration of a room and explain each concept in writing. They watch this movie identifying each of the elements and principles of design portrayed in the interiors of...
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Beginning Weaving on a Cardboard Loom

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students create examples of weaving techniques. They create a sampler that demonstrates tive different techniques. Students use colors, textures, and motifs with personal or cultural significance using a variety of materials.
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Wading through the Web

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Learners evaluate Web design. In this journalism lesson, students examine the attributes of selected Web sites and then design their own online newspaper by using the principles of design they discuss in this lesson.
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Proportion Flattering the Figure

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students identify how to create a flattering figure and demonstrate their knowledge through a portfolio page. They create a professional fashion presentation incorporating the principles and elements of design, explain each in writing,...
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Symmetry: A Design Problem

For Students 6th - 12th
As part of a study of design, young artists examine an example of a formal (symmetrical) design and then, following step-by-step directions, create their own. 
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Computer Age

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Theater arts class members get a chance to see how professionals employ tech tools. As they sketch, render, build models, and prepare presentations of the set design for a current show, learners either visit a professional theater or by...
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September Gale T-Shirts

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Focus on the principles of design with a wearable landscape art project. The plan provides definitions to share and art to examine. After students have a grasp of the principles, they draw a scene to eventually transfer onto a T-shirt....
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Build a City of the Future!

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Tap into your pupils' imagination by asking them to design futuristic, ideal cities. They must discuss and take scale and size into account, looking at some model pieces of art for inspiration and analysis. The final product for each...
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The Body Tells Its Story

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Incorporate sculpture into your art curriculum. To start, pupils discuss the artistic process and topics of marginalization. With the discussion in mind, individuals select images to inspire sculptures of people that they will present to...
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A Unity Wall Drawing

For Teachers K - 3rd
Build class community with an art project. Learners first examine and discuss works of art. They then contribute to a class mural by tracing their hands and decorating them in relation to their own cultures. The final mural incorporates...
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One Look Is Worth A Thousand Words

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Facial expressions can communicate complex emotions. Examine expressions in several hyperrealistic works of art before beginning a project. Learners will create their own clay faces that show an emotion using either photos or their own...
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Designing Balance

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Teach your artists how to incorporate balance into their work through discussion and action. After viewing and discussing several works of art, learners design a balanced image for a T-shirt and follow the step-by-step instructions to...
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Emphasizing Prints

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Focus on how an artist creates emphasis on certain areas of a work with an examination of several works of art and a printmaking project. Follow the discussion suggestions and step-by-step printmaking instructions to successfully...
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Reading Sculptures

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Consider the elements and principles of design closely while examining works of art. Learners select an image from the provided pieces to write about in relation to the elements and principles of design. They then sketch and sculpt their...
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My Own Blanket

For Teachers K - 3rd
Invite your young artists to design blankets that express their own identities. Learners examine various pieces of art before brainstorming a few things that represent their identities. They use these ideas, in addition to symmetry and...
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Tantalizing Tessellations!

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Examine repeating and intricate patterns with a study of M.C. Escher and a related art activity. Pupils view and discuss the artwork before creating their own tessellating patterns. Step-by-step instructions for creating a template are...
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Picture This!

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Introduce your class to Inuit prints and use these artworks as inspiration for a printmaking activity. Pupils make stories to go along with the images and then come up with their own heroic moments to illustrate. They take moments from...
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My Upside-Down World!

For Teachers 4th - 6th
M.C. Escher is famous for creating optical illusions. Examine this effect in several of his works and discuss the techniques involved. Inspired by the discussion, learners create an imaginary 3-D world inside of a box using various...
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The Ideal Trophy

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Invite your pupils to represent a club, team or other group with a trophy of their own creation. Learners examine the Taylor Cup by Laurent Amiot and then prepare trophy designs. When the sketches are complete, pupils sculpt the final...
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Lumps, Bumps, Gritty, and Soft!

For Teachers K - 3rd
Texture can really add to a work of art. Explore texture through observation and practice. Learners view and discuss works of art by M.C. Escher. They then create their own texture samplers with six different materials.
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The World Around Me

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Have your learners use their surroundings as inspiration for an art project. Class members first examine and discuss art. They then choose an area and spend five days taking down observations in written and sketch form. These...
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Panoramic Landscapes

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Combine landscape with collage to create unique art pieces. Class members examine works of art before creating their own pieces with photos of a special place. Learners create a panoramic image and add in figures.
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My Own Tree

For Teachers K - 3rd
Nature contains both symmetry and asymmetry. Have your young artists examine symmetry and asymmetry in their own surroundings. After viewing works of art, pupils find trees in their neighborhoods and determine if they are symmetrical or...
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Contemporary Reflections

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Combine art and writing in a instructional activity about legends. After viewing Inuit art, class members examine their own cultural surroundings in order to write and visually represent a legend. Individuals are invited to take the...
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Build Me a Legend

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Legends are full of imagery and action. Transfer a scene from a legend to a three-dimensional art piece. Class members first view Inuit art and discuss  legends. They then build scenes that include action, setting, and characters.
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Urban Scenes

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Select a theme together to guide and inspire works of art. Class members view images of art and discuss the images of cities. After choosing a theme, individuals create posters that reflect and contribute to the theme. They can use paint...
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Me or You in the 30's?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Take on portrait painting and tertiary colors with a plan focused on recreating a photograph. After viewing several pieces of artwork, class members follow the instructions included here to create portraits or self-portraits in a...
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Social Realism

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Examine social strife in art. Class members first observe some pieces, and then find an image to inspire their own art. They outline the picture, analyze the composition, make alterations, and color their work.
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Pattern Value Portraits

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
The student demonstrates comprehension of elements of art and to principles of design to convey ideas. They describe, analyze, and evaluate purposed for creating works of art by using art vocabulary. The student integrates traditional...
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Artsy Insects

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students identify and describe the elements of art and principles of design by creating several different butterfly pictures that represent color, shape, texture, pattern or symmetry.
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Who Am I?

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Connect design elements and principles to identity a culture with a discussion and related art activity. After analyzing artwork in relation to design, class members talk about personal and cultural identity. Using items that represent...
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Reinventing the World

For Teachers 9th - 12th
After examining and discussing Guy Ben-Ner's Treehouse Kit, a contemporary art installation with a sculptural and video element, small groups work together to create short silent films. The films should be built around a particular topic...
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Principle of Design

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students study the principle of design 'Emphasis' through class participation, a PowerPoint presentation, and a portfolio assignment. They add a page discussing emphasis to their professional portfolio and demonstrate knowledge of the...
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Principles of Design Quiz

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students review principes of design in groups and then take the quiz individually.
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Principles Video

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Young scholars analyze the video 'Design: The Principles' as an introduction to the principles of design unit. They identify, explain and use the basic principles of design and discover that the principles of design are the "rules" or...