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Students practice observation techniques to improve their drawing skills. In this drawing technique lesson, students assess drawing as an art media and discuss realism. Students view examples of animal drawings and practice drawing using shape, contour, value, and detail.
Young artists explore contour drawing, design elements, while honing their observation and critical design skills. They compose a contour piece where they draw their feet on a mixed media background. An excellent art instructional activity sure to encourage thoughtful and skilled artists.
Students explore issues of self and identity. They create artworks through the observation and analysis of self-portraiture. They reflect about themselves and on fostering personal expression. They create a time-line that makes connections between historical events and their own lives.
Students examine the life and works of John Audubon. They compare and contrast various pieces of art and identify the purposes of stained glass. After observing his art, they create their own stained glass creation using the concepts of foreground, middle ground and background. They share their piece with the class.
Young scholars discover the art of basket weaving and the importance of legends. In this visual art lesson, students learn examine the Native American art form of basket weaving and the historical traditions in culture. Young scholars read about Julia Parker and the process of basket weaving. Students complete research about the history of the art form and present their information.
Students examine and paint still life paintings. In this still life painting lesson plan, students look at pictures of European still life paintings and determine the characteristics when using an opaque medium. They use an opaque medium to paint a still life of their own after writing an artists statement of purpose.
Learners choose meaningful objects for a still-life arrangement and paint it using watercolors and write an artist’s statement. For this still life art lesson, students identify and analyze the characteristics of a still-life painting and use specific watercolor techniques to paint a scene using objects they've found in class. Learners then write a statement about their still life choices.
How expressive is a line? Kids will find out just how expressive horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines can be as they analyze a piece by Paul Klee. They'll first read a story about lines and discuss art terminology, then they'll analyze the piece based on how Klee used color and line. Finally, they'll engage in creative expression as they make abstract works by employing primary colors and line.