Contemporary Art Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

Students will love learning about contemporary art in this lesson plan. After learning about the concept of contemporary art and discovering examples, students will create and participate in different types of contemporary art.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define the concept of contemporary art
  • describe different forms of contemporary art
  • create an example of installation art
  • participate in an example of performance art


1-1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards


Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.


Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.


  • copies of the lesson Contemporary Art: Lesson for Kids and the printable worksheet, one copy of each per student
  • a variety of materials students can use to create contemporary art (can include blocks, straws, bubble wrap, paper, scissors, glue, markers, fabric)
  • prior to conducting this lesson, it may be necessary to talk with the administration and get permission for your students to create site-specific art at an agreeable location

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