Ch 8: Art Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Use the art lesson plans in this chapter to enhance your curriculum and strengthen your lectures. The accompanying lessons give you a chance to brush up on your art knowledge as you plan class discussions and activities for your students.

Art Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

This chapter gives you exclusive access to quality art lesson plans you can use to develop well-rounded lessons. Plans offer a variety of teacher resources including learning objectives, discussion questions and fun activities designed to make learning art fun for your students. Accompanying each plan is at least one lesson that can help you get reacquainted with related art concepts. Topics covered in this chapter include:

  • Van Gogh's Starry Night
  • Monochromatic painting and origami
  • Native American, Aboriginal and African art
  • Chuck Close, Louise Nevelson and Andy Warhol
  • Photography, typography, illuminated letters and the color wheel
  • Contour and still life drawing
  • Exquisite corpse and the collage
  • Renaissance, pop and op art
  • One-point and two-point perspective
  • Surrealism, the family tree and the elements of art

The lesson plans are available any time, allowing you to prepare your lessons when most convenient. Also, feel free to access the lesson plans, lessons and accompanying quizzes in the classroom to enhance your discussions and activities.

How It Helps

  • Discussion questions: Provides you with discussion topics and questions that will help you engage students and keep them interested in specific art concepts
  • Classroom activities: Offers fun activities and games designed to strengthen students' comprehension of the art concepts you explore
  • Homework suggestions: Includes suggestions to help you prepare curriculum that includes quality art-related homework assignments

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning art lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific art topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your art class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related art lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important art concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant art-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

34 Lessons in Chapter 8: Art Lesson Plans
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Essential Questions for Art

1. Essential Questions for Art

Studying art opens up a lot of questions for students to think about and discuss. Check out this list of possible questions students can focus on in an art class.

Self-Portrait Lesson Plan

2. Self-Portrait Lesson Plan

Teach students about the artistic selfie with this lesson plan. Students discern between a portrait and self-portrait, then take a look at mediums used by prominent artists. Finish up with application of skills.

Calligraphy Lesson Plan

3. Calligraphy Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to guide your instruction on calligraphy. Students will read a text lesson that describes what calligraphy is and describes the different styles. Students discuss content and practice alongside the lesson so concepts stick, then take a quiz to check understanding.

Calligraphy: Definition & Styles

4. Calligraphy: Definition & Styles

Have you ever hand-written a letter or addressed an envelope with pretty script? Then, maybe you'd like to try creating a work of calligraphy. In this lesson, learn what calligraphy is and explore some different styles.

Commercial Art Lesson Plan

5. Commercial Art Lesson Plan

What is commercial art and how does it reveal itself to us every day? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to summarize key points about commercial art for students. An activity provides an opportunity for creativity.

Commercial Art: Definition & Examples

6. Commercial Art: Definition & Examples

Think about the colorful logo on your favorite drink bottle or a bold video advertisement for the latest tech gadget. What do they have in common? They're examples of commercial art. In this lesson, learn about commercial art and explore some examples.

Personal Symbol Lesson Plan

7. Personal Symbol Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will create a symbol that reflects their own distinct sense of self and explains their artistic choices, helping them appreciate the development and usage of symbolism in art and literature.

Interior Decorating Lesson Plan

8. Interior Decorating Lesson Plan

This lesson allows students to explore the exciting world of interior decorating. Students will learn about the various styles currently prominent in modern decorating. They will each get a chance to create an inspiration board for one selected style.

Photorealism Lesson Plan

9. Photorealism Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, an informational text is used to explain elements of photorealism, the artists and movement. Students will use the text, view and analyze samples, discuss artists and create their own piece of photorealism.

Photorealism: Definition & Artists

10. Photorealism: Definition & Artists

Photorealism was an American art trend that happened in the 1960s and 1970s. In this lesson, we will learn about the movement and the artists that made the movement popular.

Alien Art Lesson Plan

11. Alien Art Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to design their own aliens. They will practice using art for storytelling by imagining homes and spaceships for these aliens, as well as depicting a human-alien interaction.

Bird's Eye View Art Lesson Plan

12. Bird's Eye View Art Lesson Plan

Students will learn a little bit about perspective and much about the 'bird's-eye-view' of an object. The students will have several opportunities to practice drawings from this perspective.

American Folk Art Lesson Plan

13. American Folk Art Lesson Plan

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.

Recycled Art Lesson Plan

14. Recycled Art Lesson Plan

What is recycled art and how can it be created? This lesson plan delves into this concept through the use of a text lesson. An activity challenges students to create recycled art with a fun twist.

Recycled Art: History & Materials

15. Recycled Art: History & Materials

Art can be made out of many things, including discarded materials and trash. In this lesson, explore the history of recycled art and learn how some artists make new work from old stuff.

Graffiti Art Lesson Plan

16. Graffiti Art Lesson Plan

Is graffiti a form of art? This lesson plan explores this question with the help of a video lesson. A hands on activity gives students the chance to create graffiti.

Scratch Art Lesson Plan

17. Scratch Art Lesson Plan

What is scratch art and what is needed to create it? Use this lesson plan along with an easy-to-read text lesson to answer these questions. An activity allows students to create scratch art with a simple and fun technique.

What is Scratchboard Art? - Tools & Techniques

18. What is Scratchboard Art? - Tools & Techniques

Have you ever scratched your name onto a surface? Did you know you can make art this way? In this lesson, explore a creative process known as scratchboard art and learn about tools used to do it.

Art Substitute Teacher Lesson Plans

19. Art Substitute Teacher Lesson Plans

Providing lesson plans for a substitute art teacher is a tricky business. You want students to continue authentic learning in your absence, but recognize sub plans need to be followed by anyone. What can a teacher do to walk this fine line? Let's take a look at some ways to meet both needs.

Identifying Shapes for Preschoolers Lesson Plan

20. Identifying Shapes for Preschoolers Lesson Plan

This lesson plan teaches preschoolers about 2D and 3D shapes. The lesson includes a short video, a shape hunt, a sorting activity, and an experiment in shape construction and deconstruction.

Waste Land Documentary Discussion Questions

21. Waste Land Documentary Discussion Questions

'Waste Land' is a 2010 documentary film by directors Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, and João Jardim about people who survive by picking through the world's largest landfill. This resource contains discussion questions about this film.

Bad Hair Day Lesson Plan

22. Bad Hair Day Lesson Plan

How do you make the best of a bad hair day? In this lesson plan, students will read the book, ~'Bad Hair Day~' by Susan Hood and complete an activity imagining their own bad hair day.

Isometric Drawing Lesson Plan

23. Isometric Drawing Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, your students will work together to create isometric designs. Concepts from the lesson are reinforced through a video lesson, the collaborative work and a worksheet designed to assess knowledge acquisition.

Wheel of Theodorus Art Project Ideas

24. Wheel of Theodorus Art Project Ideas

Geometry can be a lot of fun when students are given the freedom to express their creativity. These art projects can help you teach students about geometry using the wheel of Theodorus.

Leprechaun Trap Project Ideas

25. Leprechaun Trap Project Ideas

Saint Patrick's Day is the perfect time for students to use the engineering design process to plan and create a leprechaun trap. This asset provides ideas for creating these traps.

Pizza Box Project Ideas

26. Pizza Box Project Ideas

By asking students to create something from a pizza box, you encourage them to think creatively (dare we say: outside the box) and approach recycling from a fun perspective.

Op Art Lesson Plan for Elementary School

27. Op Art Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Shared tasks and reflective contemplation are the tools in this lesson plan to help students learn about Op Art, art based on optical illusions. Your students will create original artwork after reviewing a text-based informative document.

Self Portrait Lesson Plan for Elementary School

28. Self Portrait Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Self portraits are a unique way for artists of any age to express themselves. In this lesson plan, students will learn about self portraits and practice creating a self portrait of their own.

Self-Portrait Project Ideas

29. Self-Portrait Project Ideas

Self-portraits are a great way to get students thinking about art and about themselves. The project ideas in this article can help you find new ways to get your students engaged with these types of artistic depictions.

Art Project Ideas for 5th Grade

30. Art Project Ideas for 5th Grade

These art projects are designed to help your fifth graders expand their ideas about what art is and can be. Upon completing these projects, students will have learned new forms of self-expression and new art techniques.

Spring Art Project Ideas

31. Spring Art Project Ideas

After a long winter, the idea of spring is exciting. These art project ideas embrace the spirit of spring while challenging students' creativity. These ideas can be adjusted to accommodate elementary and middle school classes.

Isometric Dot Paper Activities

32. Isometric Dot Paper Activities

Students will use fun and engaging activities to practice drawing precise geometric shapes using isometric dot paper. The activities included here allow for collaborative and independent work to motivate students' highest levels of engagement.

Optical Illusion Activities

33. Optical Illusion Activities

Use these activities to help students of any age explore, understand, and even create their own optical illusions! Students can engage in the activities in teams, with partners, or on their own.

First Week of School Art Activities

34. First Week of School Art Activities

Use these activities to help you learn about your middle and high school art students. These activities are meant to introduce students to art concepts and set the foundation to build a community in your classroom.

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