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Students create their own "gift drawings" that are inspired by the dreams and visions of the Shakers. In this gift drawings lesson plan, students learn the history of the Shakers, make their own drawing, and practice elements of design in their artwork.
Students create a group wall drawing that demonstrate the contributions that each part makes to the whole.
Students develop skills in shading and create eye movement through the use of lights and darks. They show five principles of shading while drawing shells and bones.
Students (with a partner) draw and describe a leaf in its natural setting, and then re-find leaves drawn and described by classmates. The point is to have them start to think about observations in science, what to put in a field notebook, to pay attention to detail, and to gain confidence in drawing.
Students respond to the story of Linares by coming up with ideas for their own fantasy animals to draw and decorate with patterns. They draw the fantasy animal on black construction paper and add colored patterns to the drawing.
Students explore connections between non-verbal language and art. In this visual and auditory art lesson, students investigate the science of sound and principles of drawing. They then use various genres of music to directly apply that knowledge to their own process of drawing.
Students explore dancing and drawing. In this art lesson, students hear music representing a certain word, dance, and draw to the same music.
First graders participate in a guided reading lesson. In this guided reading lesson, 1st graders read David's Drawings by Cathryn Falwell, which is a realistic fiction book on the DRA:16 level. They determine the author's message, and make text to self connections. They work with words and phrases to increase reading fluency. This lesson is in English and Spanish.
Learners explore visual arts by participating in a drawing activity. In this artistic expression lesson plan, students discuss how our thoughts and emotions are conceptualized by illustrating or painting. Learners utilize charcoal, pastels, paint and other arts and crafts to create unconventional images in class.
Students examine the process of drawing a picture to scale. They analyze and discuss real-life blueprints for a house, and create a scale drawing of an original invention using calculators and rulers.
Students compare isometric drawings to a front-right-top view. Using an isometric drawing tool, students construct isometric drawings that match front-right-top views. Students compare drawings with their classmates.
Students determine when two isometric drawings can represent the same shape. Using an isometric drawing tool, students observe and compare drawings from different perspectives. Students build additional shapes that have the same isometric representation.
Students explore Chinese art methods. In this art activity, students recognize the beauty in Chinese painting and then work with arabesque relationships in order to create their own Chinese brushwork gesture drawing.
Sixth graders examine a blue print and discuss the reasoning behind using blue prints. In this proportionality lesson,  students collaborate with their teammates to create a scale drawing. Once that is complete, 6th graders write a journal entry explaining the different ways to use a scale drawing.
Second graders explore probability by playing a drawing game with dice. After they roll a die, they draw a tree diagram to illustrate each of the possible outcomes.
Fifth graders illustrate at least three art elements in a drawing of a mammal they've read about with 100% accuracy. As a review, Bloom's Taxonomy questions are asked as they prepare to sketch something they pictured in the story they read.
Caricature drawing is fun, and can help learners explore the principle of design and content specific vocabulary. They view a video and books that use character drawings, discuss vocabulary such as exaggeration, proportion, and symmetry, then draw a caricature of a person or animal. 
Students experience programming their robots to draw polygons. They explore the relationship of the sum of all the interior angles as well as the number of sides of a polygon. As a team, they design and construct the a robot that can make "precise" turns.
High schoolers make connection between music and art. In this integrated arts lesson, students complete gesture drawing activities as they listen to Cuban, flamenco, classical, jazz, and contemporary music. 
Students study the life and art style of Henri Matisse. They view various prints from his early and late art styles. Then students draw something they enjoy and cut out pieces of colored construction paper and glue them onto pieces of white paper.