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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.
Students conduct research, using a variety of resources, about their favorite painter and painting. They critique the famous painters work and write a multimedia presentation that showcases his/her work. They paint an original work of art based on the techniques they researched.
With finger painting lessons and activities students can see their hands and fingers as tools for creativity.
Students consider what they already know about graffiti and explore the pranks and work of a graffiti artist. They research a famous painting and create original artwork by adding thoughtful graffiti to it.
Use this art lesson plan to study insolubility and density. Combining water-based paint and mineral oil will cause a fun and interactive painting. This is a great art project to incorporate during a science unit.
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.
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 plan!
Learners 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.
What is biodiversity, and why is it so important? Explore biodiversity with your young environmentalists by researching an ecosystem and illustrating its diversity through a piece of artwork. An instructional sequence and possible extension ideas are included. This could be tailored to fit several grade levels, although the original standard referred to is a fourth grade standard.
Students create a painting based on an artist from a chosen period in history. They research a modern artist and write a critique.
Students create "Mondrian style" paintings in this 4th through 12th grade Art lesson. Emphasis is placed upon learning the styles and art techniques of Piet Mondrian and abstract art. The lesson includes a link to an interactive art website that is an optional activity.
Students discover new art techniques by examining the work of Paul Gauguin and his use of opposite colors. In this art analysis lesson, 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.
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 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.
Learners design an environment that resembles a prehistoric cave. They use ancient rock art as inspiration for their own artistic expression. They demonstrate their understanding of the vocabulary, tools, and techniques used in prehistoric cave art and share their artwork with the class and discuss the meanings of their paintings.
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.
Here is a great art activity that can be connected to several different subjects. Kids get creative as they create kites that are inspired by a famous artist or period in art history. They begin the process by choosing their inspiration, which means that this could easily be turned into a research project. They then construct their kites and start to draw. The activity would fit well into a full instructional activity or unit on flight, aerodynamics, art history, or even ancient kite making techniques.
An art history detective; I want to be one of those! The class puts their heads together to hone their deductive and critical thinking skills in order to determine which Native American tribe created and used parfleche boxes. They'll use maps, research, and discussion to complete this fun and engaging task.
Students view various pieces of art and sculptures which demonstrates people who are marginalized and invisible. While viewing the art, they are read excerpts of different pieces of literature in which they determine why the author or artists wrote or created for what purpose. To end the instructional activity, they choose one group in America they feel has been invisible and create their own piece of art.