Lesson Plans and Worksheets
Browse by Subject
Conceptual Art Teacher Resources
Find Conceptual Art educational ideas and activities
Research, art history, and web page creation! Sounds too good to be true. With tons of links and resources, the lesson plan provides you with everything needed to engage the class in an amazing art and research activity. They create an art history timeline, research a conceptual artist, then create a website to display the research they've gathered.
What is Conceptual art? How do artist choose a medium in which to work? Why do artists work in specific mediums? Welcome your learners to the world of visual arts with a unit-long examination of the work of conceptual artist Jonathon Keats. Class members read about Keats and his study on phylogenetic trees, watch a video of his art, and discuss the history of conceptual art. Individuals then select a piece of art to analyze. Included are a rich assortment of resources and links.
Students explore the different ways language is used in conceptual art. For this conceptual art lesson, students analyze artworks that emphasize ideas over form and the methods used in conceptual art. Students work in pairs to read and draw using the given instructions of Sol LeWitt. Students also make a paper sculpture.
This is a very skeletal lesson plan, but provides a very interesting teaching idea. Learners discuss Sol LeWitt and conceptual art, then analyze the differences in expressing a concept through model based inquiry and aesthetic art criticism. They develop a geometric, scientific, or mathematical concept, then create an artistic image to represent it.
For this permutations worksheet, 6th graders solve and complete 5 different types of problems. First, they write a simple conceptual art plan with no more than 3 instructions. Then, students use graph paper and a pencil to draw a plan. They also compare the original plan with the conceptual art work produced.
After the abstractists and the Cubists of the early 20th century left their mark, the Dada and Neue-Sachlichkeit movements began. Examine the interesting world of these movements and have your class consider their impact on current modern art trends. There are 83 wonderful images to discuss.
Get those upper graders thinking about the world, social conflict, and art as a catalyst for change. They'll uncover the meanings behind four abstract works, intended to spread awareness of the need for social change. Kids are then asked to create a recipe for a protest. They'll use current events and issues to write a statement of protest and artistic ways to express that protest.
Students investigate some the ways art has responded to conflict throughout history. Through teacher lecture and demonstration, students witness the historical background of a piece of artwork and how it reflects the conflict it represents. Students create their own piece of artwork to illustrate what September 11, 2001 meant in terms of US history.
Explore the influence of African-style masks on Western art. Learners create individual masks using construction paper. They discuss and explore the techniques used to create these types of masks. The resource includes links to supplementary information and a vocabulary list.
In this cube-it instructional activity, 6th graders solve and complete 3 different types of problems. First, they start with a cube and build a step-back skyscraper with a given base. Then, students build four-sided pyramids with cubes. They also write a word problem using their cubes to solve.