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Ch 7: Elements of Art Lesson Plans

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Teach your students about the elements of art by using the lesson plans found in this chapter. Each of these lesson plans provide you with ideas for teaching different elements of art in your classroom.

Elements of Arts Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

You can avoid the stress of having to plan your own lessons when teaching your students about the elements of art by using the lesson plans we have provided you in this chapter. These lesson plans contain great ideas for bringing up important art-related topics in your classroom. You can also use the corresponding video lessons to help your students study each of these topics in an interactive, online format. Go through this chapter to find lesson plans on:

  • Analogous colors
  • Monochromatic color
  • Contour drawing
  • One-point perspective
  • Two-point perspective
  • The color wheel

How It Helps

  • Key definitions: Provides definitions of key terms describing different elements of art you can use in your lessons
  • Helpful activities: Offers examples of key art elements and activities you can use to ensure that your students have no trouble understanding them
  • Common core: Ensures your elements of art lessons meet education standards

How It Works

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

  • Find lesson plans for specific elements of art topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your elements of art class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related elements of 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 element 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 7: Elements of Art Lesson Plans
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Elements of Art Lesson Plan

1. Elements of Art Lesson Plan

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.

What Are the Seven Elements of Art? - Definition & Examples

2. What Are the Seven Elements of Art? - Definition & Examples

The elements of art are the building blocks of all art. Every piece of art ever created includes one or more of these elements. Learn about line, color, shape, form, value, space, and texture.

Color Wheel Lesson Plan

3. Color Wheel Lesson Plan

Boost your instruction on the color wheel with the help of a Study.com text lesson and a hands-on activity. For deeper exploration of the topic, supplementary activities and related lessons have been included.

Analogous Colors: Definition & Examples

4. Analogous Colors: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about analogous color schemes and where they fit into the concept of the color wheel. You will also learn why (or why not!) you would want to use these schemes.

Positive & Negative Space in Art Lesson Plan

5. Positive & Negative Space in Art Lesson Plan

How are positive and negative space used in art and reflected through design? This lesson plan uses an example-filled video lesson to explain these concepts to students. An activity highlights the use of positive and negative space in art.

Monochromatic Painting Lesson Plan

6. Monochromatic Painting Lesson Plan

Do your students know the difference between hue, shade and tint? A video lesson on monochromatic colors clarifies the concepts while an activity gives students the chance to mix their colors to create a monochromatic painting of their own.

Monochromatic Color: Definition, Schemes & Examples

7. Monochromatic Color: Definition, Schemes & Examples

A monochromatic color scheme is based on variations of one particular color. In this lesson, we'll explore how to choose and create monochromatic color schemes. The lesson will also include specific images of monochromatic color schemes.

Contour Drawing Lesson Plan

8. Contour Drawing Lesson Plan

Heighten your instruction on contour drawing with the assistance of a Study.com video lesson and an interactive classroom activity. For further study, consider examining our related lessons and using the supplementary activities provided.

Contour Line in Art: Definition, Drawing & Examples

9. Contour Line in Art: Definition, Drawing & Examples

This lesson will provide you with the fine-art definition of a contour line. At the end of the lesson, you will know what a contour line looks like and how an artist might effectively use them.

Linear Perspective Lesson Plan

10. Linear Perspective Lesson Plan

Educate your students about linear perspective with this lesson plan. They will view a video lesson, take a related follow-up quiz, and be part of activities that will test their knowledge of new concepts.

One Point Perspective Lesson Plan

11. One Point Perspective Lesson Plan

Use a lesson on one point perspective as a way to better understand Van Gogh's painting Bedroom in Arles. You'll then have students compare the painting with a poem by Jane Flanders to approach the tricky RL.9-10.7 CCSS standard.

One Point Perspective Drawing: Definition & Examples

12. One Point Perspective Drawing: Definition & Examples

Learn how the use of one point perspective adds depth and realism to drawings, and discover how artists from Leonardo Da Vinci to Vincent Van Gogh used it to create their masterpieces. Then test yourself with a short quiz.

Two-Point Perspective Lesson Plan

13. Two-Point Perspective Lesson Plan

Trying to teach your students two-point perspective? Use this lesson plan to explain what it is and step students through the process of drawing with two-point perspective. Explicit directions are given for students to follow.

Two-Point Perspective Drawing: Definition & Examples

14. Two-Point Perspective Drawing: Definition & Examples

Have you ever stood on a street corner and looked at one end of the street and then the other? Did the buildings look smaller farther away? What you were observing is called two-point perspective. This lesson will show you how to create a simple two-point perspective drawing.

Tint & Shade Lesson Plan

15. Tint & Shade Lesson Plan

What is tint? What is shade? How are tints and shades created? This lesson plan uses a factual text lesson to establish a knowledge base for students. A hands-on activity challenges students to create their own tints and shades.

What is the Difference Between Tint & Shade in Color?

16. What is the Difference Between Tint & Shade in Color?

Artists use a wide range of colors, but how do they relate to each other? In this lesson, we look at a little bit of color theory and see how tints and shades relate to the hues of color.

Kandinsky Color Studies Lesson Plan

17. Kandinsky Color Studies Lesson Plan

Can colors change our emotions? The artist Wassily Kandinsky built his career on this idea. This lesson plan uses a text lesson to establish a knowledge base for students. A hands-on activity increases engagement.

Wassily Kandinsky's Color Theory

18. Wassily Kandinsky's Color Theory

Many artists have been able to take Isaac Newton's ideas on the color wheel and expand upon them. One of those artists was Wassily Kandinsky, whose color theory explored the harmonies of color combinations.

Stippling Art Lesson Plan

19. Stippling Art Lesson Plan

Teach your students about the art of stippling with the help of this lesson plan. Students will read a lesson plan detailing techniques, materials, and process used, then view and analyze the use of stippling in famous works before giving it a try in a hands-on activity.

Stippling: Definition, Techniques & Tools

20. Stippling: Definition, Techniques & Tools

Artists have many tools at their disposal. In this lesson, we're going to talk about stippling and see how it can be used to impact the effectiveness of a composition.

Chiaroscuro Lesson Plan

21. Chiaroscuro Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to assist you in teaching your students about the art technique of chiaroscuro. Students will watch a video lesson that shows the technique and provides context by highlighting artists who use it. Discussion questions and hands-on activities will make concepts last.

Chiaroscuro in Art: Definition, Technique, Artists & Examples

22. Chiaroscuro in Art: Definition, Technique, Artists & Examples

In this lesson we'll take a look at the technique known as chiaroscuro, used by artists from the Renaissance onward to create a sense of drama and the illusion of volume.

Visual Principles of Design Lesson Plan

23. Visual Principles of Design Lesson Plan

If you are discussing art or design with your class, use this lesson plan to explore the principles and characteristics of visual elements. Students will read a lesson, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity, and take a quiz.

Visual Elements & Principles of Design

24. Visual Elements & Principles of Design

How things are made and function is very important, and design is a large contributing factor. In this lesson, we'll take a look at what design is, as well as the visual elements and principles that contribute to it.

Shape Art Lesson Plan

25. Shape Art Lesson Plan

Need to add some flair to your instruction on shape art? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain the basics of this genre and an activity gives students the chance to create their own work of shape art.

What Are Geometric Shapes in Art? - Definition, Names & List

26. What Are Geometric Shapes in Art? - Definition, Names & List

There's more than one way to make a painting! In this lesson, we will look at geometric shapes in art movements as well as the artists who utilize the line-driven making of shapes.

Art Texture Lesson Plan

27. Art Texture Lesson Plan

What does it mean to use texture in art? This lesson plan explains this concept with a text lesson that delivers key facts and activity that allows students to experiment with texture on their own.

Texture in Art: Definition & Examples

28. Texture in Art: Definition & Examples

Texture refers to what something feels like to the touch. We can't touch art, right? Or at least we're not supposed to. This lesson describes how artists use visual and implied texture in their work to get the desired effect.

Composition in Art Lesson Plan

29. Composition in Art Lesson Plan

Teach your students about composition in art with this lesson plan. An anchor text lesson is used to guide students through understanding what composition is and identifying elements of composition, then explains principles of design. Apply learning to real-life work.

Composition in Art: Definition & Elements

30. Composition in Art: Definition & Elements

Analyzing a work of art is complicated, but the first step is exploring the composition. In this lesson, we'll check out the components of composition and see just how they interact to make a great work of art.

Balance in Art Lesson Plan

31. Balance in Art Lesson Plan

What is balance in art? This lesson plan uses two video lessons to explain asymmetrical and symmetrical balance in art. An activity allows for creativity as students demonstrate understanding.

Asymmetrical Balance in Art: Definition, Design & Examples

32. Asymmetrical Balance in Art: Definition, Design & Examples

In this lesson, we will explore what asymmetrical balance is and how it is represented in art. Visual aids are included to illustrate this type of design. A short quiz will follow.

Symmetrical Balance in Art: Definition & Examples

33. Symmetrical Balance in Art: Definition & Examples

In this lesson we will discuss symmetrical balance and how it is represented in art, architecture, and other imagery. Visual aids are included to help illustrate the this commonly used device.

Art Texture Lesson Plan for Elementary School

34. Art Texture Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach students about art texture with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains what art texture is and the different types, identify and analyze in work, then create their own art texture piece.

What is Texture in Art? - Lesson for Kids

35. What is Texture in Art? - Lesson for Kids

In many museums, you're not allowed to touch the artwork. But if you were, your fingers would be in for a treat! There are many different materials that are used in art and they all feel differently. Read on to find out more!

Scale Drawing Lesson Plan for Elementary School

36. Scale Drawing Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students how to draw to scale with the help of this lesson plan. Students will use a text lesson that explains what scale drawing is and how it's used, then produce a scale drawing of their own.

Scale Drawing: Lesson for Kids

37. Scale Drawing: Lesson for Kids

How do builders know how long to make the pieces of wood and other materials they're putting together to make a new home? They use scale drawings to help them. Read on to find out about scale drawings and how we use them to help us.

Art Critique Lesson Plan

38. Art Critique Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students learn about the basic components of art criticism. They then participate in a group activity where they use the principles in the lesson to critique artwork.

Line Art Lesson Plan

39. Line Art Lesson Plan

Line art is a popular style of fine art. This lesson plan explores the genre of line art and introduces techniques for creating line art using a video lesson. An activity mirrors the work of Pablo Picasso with a twist.

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