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Students paint shapes in pictures using all of the colors in the color wheel. In this colors lesson plan, students learn about primary and secondary colors, and create non representational art with the colors.
Let nature inspire your budding artists. They paint seascapes on actual seashells. First, they observe the seaside, then they paint what they see (image or in person) on the inside of a white shell. 
Young artists of many ages apply yarn painting techniques in combining their ideas and their art. After viewing actual examples of yarn paintings created by the Huichol people, learners choose an important scene from their own lives they'd like to depict in their own yarn painting. Great art lesson!
Create a unique spin on reverse painting with oil pastels and acetate. The combination results in a beautiful and vibrant art piece. This is a great project to introduce your class to oil pastels.
Students study the art work of aboriginalists and create art work of their own to demonstrate an understanding of the art form. In this art lesson plan, students create 3D art and experiment with color combinations.
Students create a painting based on an artist from a chosen period in history. They research a modern artist and write a critique.
Students discover new art techniques by examining the work of Paul Gauguin and his use of opposite colors.  In this art analysis activity, students investigate the different perspectives and colors used in classic post impressionist paintings.  Students create and share their own landscape paintings using Gauguin's opposite color techniques.
Students experiment working with sponges to mix colors, marble, etch and make a sponge print. They brainstorm all the possibilities for various art techniques utilizing sponges and washable paint. Each student remembers to incorporate in their prints line, shape, form, color and texture.
Learners sketch a landscape scene and paint that scene using unconventional "paintbrushes" including forks, knives, squirt bottles, cotton swabs, toothpicks, water containers, and mat board.
After reading the story Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh, little ones make a mouse painting of their own. They discuss mixing colors, painting, and the story, then they "dance" with their fingers through puddles of paint. 
Students explore the graffiti paintings of Paco Rosic and recognize that his artworks were designed to please himself.  Your class are led to identify the techniques in Paco Rosic's paintings and create graffiti art. There is material and opportunity for debate here about graffiti and its social impact. Resources provided will help inspire debate about inspiration and peceptions of certain non-traditional art forms
Kids become mini-experts on the Mannerist movement and the art of El Greco. They identify common elements of El Greco paintings and compare them to a work by Thomas Hart Benton. They use  four ways to examine art taken from the book, "Looking at Pictures" by Susan Woodford to help them analyze the paintings. A good lesson with a lot of great extension ideas.
Students explore art mediums and techniques. In this art appreciation lesson, students observe a variety of displayed artwork and determine what medium was used by the artist. Students hold up a card matching this medium for immediate feedback from the teacher and related discussion.
Third graders learn about Chinese poetry and landscape paintings, then create their own. They view several examples and discuss the elements of each, then paint their own landscape inspired by what they saw. They then listen to, read, and compose their own Chinese style poetry.
Upper graders view a series of films that depict rituals or celebrations as they occur in different cultural settings. They conduct a cultural investigation about one culture, brainstorm and research objects that have cultural or ritualistic significance and create a still life painting based on their findings. This is a great idea for an art or a social studies class. Note: The films suggested are definitely for an older audience. 
Students survey Neoclassical art and create a narrative based on their analyses. Focused questions and relevant background information provided by the Getty Museum provides a great foundation for students to understand art techniques as well as artist intent.
Students examine the attributes of pop art. In this visual arts lesson, students examine works by Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg prior to applying pop art techniques to their own pop art examples.
Students research pictures of animals that live in Australia or its waters such as koalas, kangaroos, kiwi birds, coral, and sharks. They study historic and contemporary aboriginal paintings, and note the art techniques and subject matter. They then explore three art techniques.
Pupils create an abstract, non-objective paintings. Students use the various lesson plans to create abstract paintings that include an art with text lesson, a sand textured paint lesson, and a radiating design lesson.
Students explore the history of bark paintings in South America and produce their own version of these paintings.