Elements of Art Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What are the elements of art? A video lesson explains exactly what the elements are while an activity allows students to integrate them into an original work of art. Related lessons and extra activities help round out this topic.

Learning Objectives

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

  • list and explain the elements of art
  • identify the elements of art in selected works
  • apply the elements of art to their own work


1 to 1.5 hours


  • Assorted examples of art, either actual pieces or photocopies of images of art pieces
  • Large plain paper
  • Paint, colored pencils, and/or markers

Curriculum Standards


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.


Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.

Key Vocabulary

  • Color
  • Shape
  • Form
  • Value
  • Space
  • Texture


  • Begin by displaying the art for the class.
  • Now play the video lesson What Are the Seven Elements of Art? - Definition & Examples, pausing at 00:59.
  • While the students are watching the video lesson, write the key vocabulary terms on the board.
  • With the video lesson paused, have the students try to identify examples of each of the elements in the artwork on display. Discuss what they've found as a class.
  • Now play the rest of the video lesson for the class.
  • Revisit the elements of art that the students identified in the works on display. Do they have anything to add or to take away based on the information about the elements of art that was presented in the video lesson? Again, discuss this as a class, reviewing examples of each of the elements in the art on display.

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