Elements of Art Teacher Resources

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Introduce your class to the seven elements of art through a presentation and related project. Before beginning the project, class members take notes on the presentation, writing down the underlined items and adding drawings into their notes when prompted. They then use their notes to create pieces that include their names and each element of art covered. Specific instructions for the project are included. Note that the presentation is long and should probably be shown over more than one day.
High schoolers discover the three elements of art. For this visual arts lesson, students examine line, shape, and color of works by Torres-Garcia and Picasso. High schoolers then identify the elements of art in works by other artists.
After identifying the elements of art in their community, students review the elements of art and begin to photograph local artwork in their town. They dicuss artwork they have seen displayed and write a paragraph describing the elements of art in a specific photo
Students apply descriptive language to identify the five elements of art and the basic lines, geometric shapes, and angles in Marie Hull's, Sharecropper. They explain how the elements of a piece of work contribute to the story it tells. This instructional activity includes a museum trip but it can with a reproduction of the artwork.
Your advanced class will paint a picture of a particular weather condition. In this painting lesson young scholars describe elements of art in pieces of artwork. They analyze the weather and seasons in the artwork. The students use paper, watercolors, and salt to create a piece of art depicting a specific type of weather or season.
High schoolers create maquettes of abstract sculptures utilizing the elements of art; line, shape, value, color, space and texture and the principles of design; balance, emphasis, contrast, rhythm and movement, pattern and unity. These art lessons produce fantastic results, and the lesson plan is clearly-written and easy to follow!
Reflect on the art your class can view at a museum. For this art history lesson, students draw six elements of art. They discuss original art versus reproduction artwork and write about their thoughts of a museum. It would be wonderful if this lesson could be used after a field trip but you could modify the lesson to include good resolution pictures projected onto a wall, and smaller tangible reproductions for the students at their desks.
Fourth graders construct individual props. In this theatrical arts lesson, 4th graders use the elements of art to create various props using paper mache. Students construct objects such as logs, fruit, and a picture frame.
Eighth graders focus on the elements of art with a secondary focus on the principles of art. They are assigned to a team to play Art Jeopardy. They take an exam. They use the internet as a resource for answers.
What a neat test! The class is asked to draw and color to create examples of eight elements of art. They focus on each element (line, value, shape, form, space, texture, primary and secondary color) by creating an original piece in each box. This could also be a great note taking tool during an art lecture.
Seventh graders explore the five elements of art: line, shape, value, texture and color. They collect items from nature and arrange them aesthetically taking the five elements into consideration. They consider their work from several angles and determine the best way for their piece to be photographed.
Learn and practice the elements of art by making a picture book. Also containing short memoirs of their own lives, this would be a perect project and also a gift to take home. In doing this project, they also gain an understanding of the career of book illustration.
Fifth graders photograph examples of the five elements of art: line, shape, color, pattern, and composition.
Students recognize elements of art such as texture, shape line and color.  For this elements of art lesson, students create a still life picture with oil pastel or crayons.  Students define elements of art vocabulary. Students relate elements of art to various subject areas.
Watch this introductory video to learn about the different elements of art. The young artist does a fantastic job at describing and demonstrating various examples of elements in art.
Students research the elements and principles of art and find a work of art that demonstrates the element or principle they researched. Using a variety of sources including provided websites, they also find the definition of their element and principle.
Learners explore art at an art museum. In this lesson plan about art, students travel to a museum and explore the art. Learners practice drawing, search for certain kinds of art, and learn about reproducing art by someone else. Students will have a better overall understanding of art.
Students paint in the styles of famous artists. In this art appreciation lesson, student read about famous artists, discuss the elements of art, and create their own paintings. This lesson includes the study of five famous artists/periods.
Learners discuss the elements of art and design found in a series of flower paintings by Vincent Van Gogh. They explore art, shading, and color as they create mirrored representations of the master's art, using oil pastel. 
You will lead your class to look at the art and artifacts of others and discover how line is used to make meaning. In this line detectives lesson, students investigate, explore and discover line as a basic element of art through five art lessons.  In the first 3 lessons students apply their knowledge of line to a drawing. In the fourth and fifth lessons, students create artworks using their line knowledge and experience.  A beginning and experienced version is provided.