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Art Lesson Plans, Drawing Lesson Plans, Painting Lesson Plans, Sculpture Lesson Plans


 

 

 

 

Drawing Lesson Plans

A MONSTER'S WORLD
Using texture, the student will create imaginary monsters. 

A UNIQUE DRAWING EXPERIENCE
Students (and teacher) will see how with just one set of directions, everyone in the classroom will come up with very unique works of abstract art.

BEAUTIFUL NUMBERS
This art activity focuses on the shape of numbers. A good tie-in to math for younger students.

BLIND CONTOUR DRAWING
Contour drawing is an excellent way to train the eye to draw what it really sees rather than what it thinks it sees.

CHALK AND GLUE
A great lesson submitted by Leon Ruder - Artist and Teacher, St. Ignance area schools, .

CHALK AND STRING DESIGNS
Create wonderful works of art using string and, well chalk of course.

CRAYON ETCHING
Younger students will enjoy exploring this activity while older students should be encouraged to investigate detailed images and patterns.

CRAYON RESIST
A paint and crayon lesson plan for all ages.

CREATIVE PRINCIPLES
A series of simple design exercises to further understand of the Principles of Design and how each can be developed within a structured composition. From Ruth Hand.

FILL A JAR
Making the ordinary - extraodinary.

GLUE FISH
A great lesson submitted by Karen Larmour - Teacher, , Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA

MIXED MEDIA DRAWING (& PAINTING)
A mixed media still life "happy accident" art lesson that is a great introduction to pen & ink, watercolor and pastels.

NAME ALIENS & MONSTERS
Fun, weird and creative. Who could ask for anything more? From Melisa McCurley.

SEE IF YOU CAN DRAW
Students will use their imagination and creativity by solving art problems in this art game. From Judy Walsh.

SHADOW PICTURES
An activity that teaches students about light, shade and shadow.

STAINED GLASS DESIGNS
Using white glue for lead and chalk pastel for glass, you can create wonderful stained glass designs.

SUNFLOWERS
Expressionistic sunflowers in oil, acrylic or pencil crayon.

WANDERING INK DRAWING
Students will learn to "go with the flow" as they allow their materials to take on a life of their own.

WET CHALK PAINTING
By dipping your chalk into wet paint, you can create wonderful works of chalk art that won't smudge like regular chalk.

WHAT'S OUTSIDE THE WINDOW?
A drawing lesson that gets the creative juices flowing.

Painting Lesson Plans

A BLOTTO FUN
The most fun you can have creatively, is when you make something by accident. This lesson will help you do just that  make a happy accident.

CREPE PAPER BLOTS
Making beautiful designs with wet paper.

CREATURE PAINTING
A wonderful activity that will bring out a child's imagination.

EMOTION PAINTING
Students will gain an understanding of how much of a role emotion plays in artmaking.

FISH BANNER
Animals that live underwater can provide parents and educators with an enormous amount of teaching inspiration.

FOIL ETCHING
Who knew you could make such wonderful art using aluminum foil and soap?

GRAFITTI
Students will explore line shape and colour as they work both individually and as an artistic unit. By: Catherine Bamess

HAPPY ACCIDENTS
Take it from us, mistakes can be beautiful.

MAGNIFICENT FLOWERS
Making wonderful flowers with Michele Rivera.

MIXED MEDIA PAINTING
A mixed media still life "happy accident" art lesson that is a great introduction to pen & ink, watercolor and pastels.

MONDRIAN STYLE PAINTING
Make a painting in the style of artist Piet Mondrian & try your hand at a "virtual painting" courtesy of Richie Bielak

PAINTED SHOES
Canadian artist Theodore Dragonieri paints, collages and reconstructs old shoes to represent great artists of the 20th century.

SEASHELL PAINTING
Seashells make wonderful palm-size canvases for seascape paintings.

SPIN ART
A great lesson on color, color mixing and abstract art from Judith Walsh.

SPONGE PAINTING
Finding fun with materials under the kitchen sink.

SPRAY PAINT MURAL
An outdoor, warm weather activity that teaches young children about colour mixing.

SUNFLOWERS
Expressionistic sunflowers in oil, acrylic or pencil crayon.

TISSUE PAPER PAINTINGS
The illusion of paint using paper, glue and imagination

WATERCOLOR RAINBOWS
A wonderful "welcome spring" lesson submitted by Gena Becerra - ,

VAN GOGH'S PAINTING STYLE
A great painting and art history lesson submitted by H. Bachman, an art educator from ,

VIEWFINDER PAINTING
Students will learn to look at the different ways of laying out a painting.

WINTER RESISTS
Crayon resist is a technique that usually combines crayons and dark paint or ink. Snow scenes can be created using white tempera instead of black.

Sculpture Lesson Plans

CLAY HEADS
Creating sculptural works with clay.

FABRIC ASSEMBLAGE
What to do with scraps of burlap & canvas.

GARGOYLES AND GROTESQUES
 Create your own gargoyle using self hardening clay. From: Joann Trimarco.

HAVE IT YOUR WAY SANDWICH COLLAGE
 Learning about collage from Deb Barone of ,

KITES
 Have your students use different art techniques in one fun art project, from Jennifer Nilsson.

MARACAS & SHAKERS
 Maracas were originally made from the dried shells of gourds with beads or beans inside.

MEDIA COLLAGE
 Take a close look at print advertising and product packaging.

MORE MARACAS
 Lillian Foxx's maraca making lesson results in the pleasure of discovery and accomplishment.

PAINTED SHOES
Canadian artist Theodore Dragonieri paints, collages and reconstructs old shoes to represent great artists of the 20th century.

PAPERCLAY® FISH ORNAMENTS
 Creating relief sculpture with an undersea theme. From the Creative PaperClay® Company.

PEBBLE PICTURES
Add another dimension to paintings using pebbles found at the beach.

PLASTER AND WIRE MOBILE/SCULPTURE
 A project in Problem Solving, Balance and Creativity by Anitra Redlefsen

PLASTER FACE MASK
 Making masks with Anitra Redlefsen

PUMPKIN SEED MOSAIC
Mosaics are made of tiny colored pieces of stone, pottery, glass or other materials, arranged together and set in plaster or cement to make patterns and images.

RAINSTICKS
 Legend has it that the Chilean Indians invented the rainstick to make rainy weather.

RELIEF FOIL SCULPTURE
A shining example of what you can do with aluminum foil. From Kimberly Hutts.

ROCK AND WIRE MOBILE
 A Project in Problem Solving, Balance and Creativity. A Life Lesson by Anitra Redlefsen

STAINED GLASS PAPER SCREEN
Observing the shapes and lines that make up a stained glass window.

MASKS
an easy way for your students to make false faces.

COFFEE CAN DRUM
drums are an important part life and ceremony in many cultures.

PAPIER MACHE MASKS - MASKMANIA
artistically, masks are among the most remarkable objects created by traditional civilizations.

     Africa

DRUM
make a dumbek or conga drum with materials from your garden shed.

     Mexico

YARN PAINTING (OFRENDAS)
the Huichol Indians of Mexico are known for their yarn paintings, otherwise known as Ofrendas.

PAPER BAG OR FABRIC PONCHO
perfect for a cinco de mayo festival.

     North America

NORVAL MORRISSEAU - OJIBWA PAINTER
a medicine man or shaman, Morrisseau developed a style which has since evolved and been used by many Native artists.

MINI TOTEMS
totem poles are tall, carved posts that were created by important men among certain tribes of and

SAND PAINTING
Navajo Indians created sand paintings as a way of chasing away evil spirits.

INUIT CARVING
A wonderful 3-dimensional art lesson plan (in clay) from Pat Higgins.

Drawing: Emotion Commotion

Drawing: Modern Mona

Lines and Patterns: Body Tracing

Computer/Video Game Illustration

Cut Paper Dragons!

Matisse Face Masterpiece

A Painting from the Twilight Zone

Internet Exchange Lesson

Drawing: Table Murals

Space Shuttles in Space

Internet Exchange Lessons 2-4

Tie Snakes Soft Sculpture

Drawing: City Scapes

Name Insects

A Lesson in Symmetry

Y Tree drawing

Warm Colors vs Cool colors

Line and Pattern Study

Inexpensive Printmaking

Word Kaleidoscope

Pitchy Patch Puppet

Scratch Art

Careers: Student Teaching

Box Sculpture

Painting on Foil

Easy Dioramas

Watercolor Technique Butterflies

Painting Made Easy!

Clay Tile Lesson Plan

Matisse- Drawing, Paper Collage and Painting

Art Of The Masters

Using an Old Brush in a New Way

Puzzle Art Design

Name Aliens

Printmaking: Circles Galore!

Camouflage Collage

Tissue Collage Vase

Rainy Day Watercolor

Self - Portrait

Figure Drawing

Multi-Color Leaf Prints

Tear Bears

Painting: Using Tone

Native American Sand Painting

Miniature Portraits

Picasso's Three Musicians

Making Picasso Faces

Claude Monet's Pizza Day

Painting: Tempera Batik

Mona-Lisa Monochromatic Painting

Sandpainting with Cereal

Hot or Cold Perspective

Warm/Cool Leaves - Stencil Printing

Sloppy Secondary Colors - Shaving Cream Fun!

Cool School Tools- Drawing and Design

Painting: Seaweed Art

Half Wire Screen Mask - 
Mardi Gras Theme

Tempera Batik

Critters & Complementary Colours

Starry Night

Illusions of Depth

Dress-up to the Olde Masters

Egyptian Profile Portraits (2)

Aboriginal Bark Paintings (5)

Sketchbook Ideas (K-8)

Faith Ringgold and Tar Beach (3)

Grid Name Drawings (4-5)

Easy Printmaking in the Classroom (all levels)

Crayon Resist Fall Leaves (K-1) 

Crayon Resist Bugs

Dr. Seuss' Tints and Shades

Art Criticism for Elementary

Art Criticism

Ceramic Leaf Bowls

Ceramic Effigy

Dream House Drawing

Mondrian Painting

Plaid Puppies/Cats

Eric Carle Collage

Van Gogh Cypresses

Mixed Breed Drawing

Funny Face Portraits 




























STUDIO PROJECTS FOR 2017-18:

Some projects may be modified and/or changed according to student interests and time available for completion.

   Clay bowls: "The Empty Bowl Project"

Students will  create bowls and will glaze bowls to be fired for our annual " Empty Bowls Event" which takes place in February.  As we get closer to February, please check the main Saline Area Schools website for tickets.  All proceeds benefit Food Gathers of Ann Arbor.

CLAY CREATURES

Students will create a 3 dimensional sculpture creature by incorporating, modeling, and combining different animal parts/features in clay after viewing mythological creatures of different cultures,and reading about various myths. These examples viewed and discussed in class can be a source of inspiration. Students will also create and write a story/myth that explains the supernatural powers of their creature, its habitat, and how the creature developed its unique visual qualities.

Vocabulary:

modeling formssubtractive  additive symmetrybisque

draped slab contour  repetitionpattern  glaze 

greenware coil  slabexaggerate  simplify

distortion proportion  texture         leather hard

plasticity wedge  score and slip     gesture

Michigan Standards, Benchmarks, and Grade Level Content Expectations for Visual Arts:

Articulate an understanding of the historical, social, and cultural contexts of artwork with an emerging level of aesthetic sophistication.

Make knowledgeable choices about materials, techniques, media technology, organizational principles, and processes to articulate ideas and communicate intended meaning at an emerging level.

Produce and exhibit a final product that demonstrates quality craftsmanship and technique at an emerging level.

               Andy Warhol, Celebrity Portraits: Painting     

Using the grid system, students will use a black and white photograph of a “celebrity” for reference to enlarge and draw in pencil on large white drawing paper.  Students will apply drawing skills such as contour lines, shading, and blending to give the illusion of form, and texture. The grid system will enable students to enlarge the photo to a larger scale with accuracy.  Students will view portraits created by artist from various time periods.The final portrait will be painted using color schemes similar to prints and paintings by Andy Warhol.

Vocabulary:

Valuecontour grid system    color mixing

Formtexturescaleproportion cropping

Space      pattern realisticabstract

Contrast    Color Theory

Michigan Standards, Benchmarks, and Grade Level Content Expectations for Visual Arts:

Produce and exhibit a final product that demonstrates quality craftsmanship and technique at an emerging level.

Demonstrate the use of successful visual vocabulary at an emerging level.

“Self Portrait”

Students will learn and apply the correct proportions of the human face and use contour lines to complete a self-portrait.  Students will practice drawing techniques and will draw themselves through direct observation.  Drawing techniques by the Masters (Rembrandt, Picasso, Rivera, van Gogh, Kahlo) will be viewed and discussed while viewing their self -portraits.

Vocabulary:

Symmetry¾ viewfrontal viewprofilevalue

Contourblind contourlineshape implied line

Proportionbackgroundtexturespaceplanes

Gesturehatchingcross hatching

Michigan Standards, Benchmarks, and Grade Level Content Expectations for Visual Arts:

Demonstrate the use of successful visual vocabulary at an emerging level.

Employ reflective thinking skills by observing, analyzing, and critically evaluating works of art for the purpose of improving technical quality at an emerging level.

Demonstrate reflective thinking practices at an emerging level.

Apply preliminaries, possibilities, and drafts in the creative problem solving process.

   “Landscape in Oil Pastel”

Students will view paintings and drawings by Vincent van Gogh and practice using the same techniques in their oil pastel landscape drawings.  The emphasis will be on creating a “flowing “ rhythm, texture, using an analogous color scheme, and creating the illusion of space including a foreground, middle ground and background.

Vocabulary:

 Foregroundmiddle groundbackgroundrhythm

Analogoustexturespacefocal point

Expressionismcontourflowing rhythm complementary

Valueblendingstipplingcomposition

Michigan Standards, Benchmarks, and Grade Level Content Expectations for Visual Arts:

Initiate new ideas employing inventiveness and innovation at an emerging level with increasing independence.

Demonstrate reflective thinking practices at an emerging level.

Make knowledgeable choices about materials, techniques, media technology, organizational principles, and processes to articulate ideas and communicate intended meaning at an emerging level.

COLLAGE: JACOB LAWRENCE

Students will create a figurative collage similar in style to the "Munich Games" poster, which was created for the 1972 Olympics by Jacob Lawrence.  Students select a photo of an athlete and create a collage that shows the figure in action, emphasizing foreshortening.

Michigan Standards, Benchmarks, and Grade Level Content Expectations for Visual Arts:

Demonstrate the use of successful visual vocabulary at an emerging level.

Employ reflective thinking skills by observing, analyzing, and critically evaluating works of art for the purpose of improving technical quality at an emerging level.

Produce and exhibit a final product that demonstrates quality craftsmanship and technique at an emerging level.

Critically observe, describe, and analyze visual characteristics at an emerging level.

Independently initiate new ideas employing inventiveness and innovation.

Recognize, describe and analyze, and evaluate how art contributes to and reflects all societies and cultures.

VOCABULARY:

Contour    shape    line    pattern    rhythm    foreshortening

proportion    exaggerated    space    grid system    color theory

collage    realistic Harlem Renaissance    gesture

   “Sculptural Relief: Louise Nevelson”

Students will create and build an abstract, low relief sculpture using mixed media, by incorporating different types of rhythm and using a monochromatic color scheme in the style of Louise Nevelson. Students will apply strategies and techniques from this well-known sculptor to create their own unique sculpture.

Vocabulary:

Low reliefabstractrhythmflowing rhythm

Alternating rhythmrandom rhythmprogressive rhythm

Regular rhythmmotifmonochromaticbalance

Scaleadditive

Michigan Standards, Benchmarks, and Grade Level Content Expectations for Visual Arts:

Improve descriptions of how the artist’s choice of materials, techniques, media technology, and processes influence the viewer.

Select and apply visual characteristics and organizational principles to communicate effectively when designing and solving creative problems.

Effectively use reflective thinking skills to observe, analyze, and critically evaluate works of art for the purpose of improving technical quality.

Effectively produce and exhibit a final product that demonstrates quality craftsmanship and technique.

“Interior of a Room”: 1 point and 2 point perspective

Students will apply 1 point and 2 point perspective techniques to create the illusion of space, the interior of a room, and objects in the room.  The artwork will entail photomontage and different drawing media. The art period Surrealism will be examined with a focus on the art of Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte. Scale and “dreamlike” qualities will be the emphasis.

Surrealismscaledreamlikeshape space

Perspective horizonvanishing pointseye level1 point/

2- point perspectivejuxtaposenarrative

Michigan Standards, Benchmarks, and Grade Level Content Expectations for Visual Arts:

Select and apply visual characteristics and organizational principles to communicate effectively when designing and solving creative problems.

Effectively use reflective thinking skills to observe, analyze, and critically evaluate works of art for the purpose of improving technical quality.

Effectively produce and exhibit a final product that demonstrates quality craftsmanship and technique.

Effectively identify, design, and solve creative problems.

“Printmaking- Collograph and Linoleum Block: Abstract Designs”

Additive and subtractive printmaking techniques will be introduced in this unit of study.  Students will create and sketch an abstract design, transfer the design to a block using additive and/or subtractive methods, and learn how to register and pull multiple prints.  Color mixing and color schemes will be reviewed, and students will examine various prints from the 20th century by various artists.

Vocabulary:

SubtractiveAdditivepositive spacenegative space

Repetitionpatternmotifrhythm

Complementaryregisteringinkingbalance

Composition

Michigan Standards, Benchmarks, and Grade Level Content Expectations for Visual Arts:

Effectively identify, design, and solve creative problems.

Critically observe, describe, and analyze visual characteristics at an emerging level.

Initiate new ideas employing inventiveness and innovation at an emerging level with increasing independence.

Demonstrate reflective thinking practices at an emerging level.

         Stop Motion Animation Project

Using the iPad mini, students will create a stop motion animation film after viewing examples that use collage, drawing, paint, objects, and clay for the media of their choice.  Students learn how art skills, and principles of design are applied in the creation of this animation project.

Click on the links below to view examples of stop- motion animation:

Drawing animation

Lego Mini golf Animation

Wallace & Gromit Claymation: Cracking Toast

The Abdominal Snowman

Shark vs. rabbit

The Shave

Stop motion video

Skittles animation commercial

Paint Stop-Animation

Clay Animation Short: Make a Face

The Missing Stickman

CHANGE stop motion

Brainstorming ideas

storyboad ideas

animation chef

Michigan Standards, Benchmarks, and Grade Level Content Expectations for Visual Arts:

Effectively identify, design, and solve creative problems.

Critically observe, describe, and analyze visual characteristics at an emerging level.

Initiate new ideas employing inventiveness and innovation at an emerging level with increasing independence.

Demonstrate reflective thinking practices at an emerging level.



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