Ch 5: 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.

39 Lessons in Chapter 5: 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.

Typography Lesson Plan

2. Typography Lesson Plan

What is typography? Two text lessons provide comprehensive instruction on this topic while an in-class activity allows for deeper exploration of the subject. Extensions and related lessons are provided for further instruction.

What is Typography? - Definition, Terms & Examples

3. What is Typography? - Definition, Terms & Examples

Although you probably don't think much about it, typography is a very important element of design. Through this lesson, you will learn how to define typography and explore some of the technical aspects of the style.

The History of Typography: Timeline & Explanation

4. The History of Typography: Timeline & Explanation

Typography, the design and use of letters and symbols, is an essential aspect of human history. The development of new technologies have streamlined the process but the creative opportunities are still important for communication today.

Comic Strip Lesson Plan

5. Comic Strip Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce your students to the history of comic strips as an art form. Students will read about the history of comic strips, summarize the history in an art project, then create their own comic strips.

What Is a Comic Strip? - Definition & History

6. What Is a Comic Strip? - Definition & History

Lots of today's superhero movies would not be around had it not been for the creation of comic strips. This lesson will focus on what a comic strip is and examine its history from their beginnings to today.

Self-Portrait Lesson Plan

7. 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.

What is a Self-Portrait? - Definition, Artists & Examples

8. What is a Self-Portrait? - Definition, Artists & Examples

Explore aspects of style and form that artists use in modes of self-expression. Consider ways of identifying and interpreting visual styles in painting and photography. Self-portraits evoke an artist's way of seeing him or herself.

Sculpture Lesson Plan

9. Sculpture Lesson Plan

Looking for a simple way to teach about sculpture? Use this lesson plan to guide your instruction. In it, a text lesson highlights key facts, a quiz assesses understanding, and an activity allows students to shine. Related lessons and extra activities support further study.

What is Sculpture? - Definition, Evolution & Major Artists

10. What is Sculpture? - Definition, Evolution & Major Artists

Discover what makes the art of sculpture special. Explore the evolution of sculpture through the works of famous sculptors throughout history, and learn about tribal, readymade, kinetic, and biomorphic sculpture. Then test yourself on your new knowledge.

Technology & Art Lesson Plan

11. Technology & Art Lesson Plan

Is technology changing the way we produce and access art? This lesson plan explores this topic through an informative video lesson and a memorable hands-on activity.

The Impact of Digital & Internet Technology on Contemporary Art

12. The Impact of Digital & Internet Technology on Contemporary Art

In this lesson, you're going to learn about the cool impact that the digital age and internet technology has had on the arts, namely contemporary art. Once you learn about these important changes, you can test your knowledge with a quiz!

Block Printing Lesson Plan

13. Block Printing Lesson Plan

Block printing was an early means of mass producing information. This lesson plan uses a video lesson to explain this and the basic elements of block printing for students. An activity produces hands-on examples of block printing.

Block Printing: History & Techniques

14. Block Printing: History & Techniques

Block printing has been a method of reproducing images and text on both paper and fabric for over 2,000 years. Learn the history of this technique as well as the various methods and materials used over time in this lesson.

Calligraphy Lesson Plan

15. 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

16. 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

17. 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

18. 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.

Coil Pot Lesson Plan for Elementary School

19. Coil Pot Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Through this lesson plan, students will learn how to make clay coil pots. They also will understand the role of coil pots and development in Mexican culture through a read-aloud and video.

Personal Symbol Lesson Plan

20. 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.

Color & Emotion in Art Lesson Plan

21. Color & Emotion in Art Lesson Plan

Students will learn about the colors and emotions evoked in visual art in this lesson plan. They will read two lessons, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take two quizzes.

Interior Decorating Lesson Plan

22. 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

23. 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

24. 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

25. 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

26. 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

27. 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

28. 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

29. 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

30. 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

31. 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

32. 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.

Digital Art Lesson Plan

33. Digital Art Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will learn about the history of digital art and how it's created by reading the lesson, answering discussion questions, completing an assignment and taking a quiz.

Wire Sculpture Lesson Plan

34. Wire Sculpture Lesson Plan

Wire sculpture is a simple way to create unique pieces of art. This lesson plan summarizes the art of wire sculpture using a text lesson focused on supplies and technique. An activity provides an introduction to basic wire sculpture.

Wire Sculpture Art Techniques

35. Wire Sculpture Art Techniques

Bending and twisting. Braiding and wrapping. All are ways to work creatively with wire. In this lesson, explore several techniques used to make wire sculpture art.

Art Substitute Teacher Lesson Plans

36. 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.

Colors Lesson Plan

37. Colors Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is for students who have some background in artistic ideas and are ready to begin exploring abstraction. After reviewing their primary and secondary colors, students will paint simple still-life compositions using limited colors.

Identifying Shapes for Preschoolers Lesson Plan

38. 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.

Preschool Colors Lesson Plan

39. Preschool Colors Lesson Plan

This lesson plan teaches preschoolers about primary and secondary colors and gives them a chance to experiment with both. The plan also explores how rainbows are made and the order of colors in the rainbow spectrum.

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