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Students review primary colors and practice making straight lines. In this visual arts lesson, students paint simple shapes as large as a toothpick, using specific primary colors. During the construction of the shapes students are encouraged to make straight lines using rulers.
Students explore visual arts by creating a holiday construction project. In this Mother's Day lesson, students discuss their own experiences with mothers and all women that have been a part of their lives. Students utilize wire pieces, scissors, paint, felt and other arts and crafts to create a flower display which they deliver to their Mothers on the holiday.
Explore the art of Jean Francois Millet with your second graders. They'll discuss the artist, the painting, and their observations. Then they'll engage in five different activities intended to build critical thinking, artistic skills, and a deeper apprecation for art.
Little Miss Muffet is a beloved nursery rhyme and a painting by Jessie Willcox Smith. Learners will analyze the painting, make keen observations, and discuss the elements of art they find. They'll then activate their creative thinking skills by working through 12 different art-inspired activities. Background information on the art and artists is included.
Why is arts education so important? It builds critical thinking, analysis and creative problem-solving skills. Learners review the life of Michelangelo Buonarroti, and then analyze his piece, The Pieta. After that, they'll sculpt a human figure from three different perspectives to better understand shifts in light and scale in art composition.
Observation is a key skill any scientist, artist, or writer needs to hone. Learners first discuss Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergere, then they set up a place to observe the people in their school. They closely observe and sketch what they see, then use their sketches to paint an observation based work of art. 
Second graders create a visual representation of the three ocean zones. In this visual arts lesson, 2nd graders discuss the three ocean zones and use crayons or tempera to create an ocean mural.
Young scholars inspect performing arts by participating in a class presentation. In this art collage lesson, students examine the graffiti art created on New York subways and discuss the life of Keith Haring. Young scholars create their own images based on graffiti styles and perform a dance in class as well.
Build your pupils' visual literacy and ability to identify art from some of the world's masters. They view the mixed-up art pieces and set them straight by matching the correct art piece to the correct artist. 
Build visual literacy and art analysis skills using an interesting worksheet. Included are two images for learners to analyze. They view each picture and answer the eight related questions to stimulate an understanding of the art and a discussion. 
Op art is fun to look at, and it's fun to make. Kids learn about the origins of op art and the op art master, M.C. Escher. They view simple to complex examples of op art to see how it works and then create an optical piece of their own. Perfect for art class or an after-school program. 
Physical exercise is the focus in this 4-H experience. Middle schoolers engage in a series of activities involving taking a hike.
Students investigate acting and performing arts by portraying a story in class. In this pantomiming lesson, students read the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and discuss the characters amongst themselves. Students portray the 4 main characters in the story by performing a pantomime in class.
A lesson on photo analysis, compare and contrast, and an art project are here for the taking. Fourth graders analyze photographs of gas stations from now and from the past, focusing on how the cars and building designs are a form of art. They use pastels, crayons, markers, or watercolor to re-tint and re-design one of the gas station images.
We all love having a great project to send home for Mother's Day. Here, the class will discuss repetition, pattern, and texture found in Van Gough's Starry Night, then they will create a collage using each of the discussed elements of art. They'll create rubbings of their collages and then paint them with a resist technique. A great end result; perfect for mom.
Students create art plans for an "installation" after viewing a video of Native American mask making that centers around the Salmon rack idea. Emphasis is placed on collaborative work in this introductory lesson.
Stimulate the senses with a handprint art project! Flake laundry detergent, water, and food coloring are mixed together to create a substance that has a pleasant smell and will dry hard and dimensional. Children with visual disabilities will love smelling, touching, and then feeling their hardened handprints. Note: While the lesson is great for tactile stimulation in children with visual impairments, it would also be great as a fun pre-k project as well.
Our lives are full of color. Color is an important aspect of art. It affects the mood of the art work. This video shows the different ways and schemes color can be used.
Form is an important aspect of art to consider. The student in this video shares real life examples of form, as well as all different types a form can be.
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.

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