American Folk Art Lesson Plan

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

This lesson introduces students to the history of American folk art. An art and writing activity is included for students to create found object folk art to show their perspective of American life.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify and describe the characteristics of American folk art
  • identify different types of American folk art and the materials used to make them
  • summarize the debate over the definition of folk art


1.5-2 hours


  • Quilt
  • Art supplies (scissors, glue, colored pencils, paint, markers, etc.)
  • Various objects (cereal boxes, postcards, newspaper, fabric scraps, plastic utensils, yarn, etc.)
  • Index cards

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.

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