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Use this artistic activity in a unit about word choice or as part of your ongoing vocabulary development routine. Helpful for both narrative and informational text, the approach prompts middle schoolers to create art from words to express meaning and connotation. Engage your artistic learners by honoring their need to create beauty as part of their learning. 
Explore nutrition through art using this resource. Learners create art work emphasizing a particular aspect of good nutrition. They use soup cans to display their art work and discuss the ways that advertising alters consumer habits.
What a wonderfully creative way to have your class create a class journal. Learners use a variety of materials to design an art journal using collages, drawings, and paintings. An interesting and motivating variation on traditional journals. 
Students design various commercial products for the Cincinnati Art Museum using on-line sources, past designs, and creative educational software. This lesson plan has excellent project ideas for various student levels including: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and high school.
Students explore the images in the "Garden Party" art piece. In this visual arts instructional activity, students view the "Garden Party" and identify the connections between their own lives and the painting. Students discuss the feelings the painting evokes.
Students redesign a dead space in the school to create an interesting and stimulating visual environment. In this art design lesson, students look at how to redesign architectural space and research ways to enhance a space. Students then interview faculty and students before beginning preliminary sketches for the space. Student teams evaluate sketches and choose one to construct as a model.
This is a very skeletal activity, but provides a very interesting teaching idea. Learners discuss Sol LeWitt and conceptual art, then analyze the differences in expressing a concept through model based inquiry and aesthetic art criticism. They develop a geometric, scientific, or mathematical concept, then create an artistic image to represent it. 
Explore visual arts and illustrations by reading a picture book with your class. Begin by reading the book The Art Lesson about a writer and illustrator who collaborate on their books. Next, have your class answer study questions about the book and review art vocabulary through a whole class discussion. 
Students determine the style of place cards as well as how to display phots of artwork. They organize and design an art museum for parents and other students to enjoy. Students create place cards to explain the artwork, artist, as well as information regarding the culture of the artist and the time period in which the artwork was created.
Students get footloose and funny as they paint with their feet. In this early childhood visual arts lesson, students use large-motor skills to paint with their feet and observation skills to describe what they see.
Students study water conservation. In this water conservation lesson, students investigate the scarcity of water and determine reasons for conserving water.  Students estimate how much water they use in one day and identify ways to conserve more. Students create an art project to raise water conservation awareness.
Students explore painting their feelings as they enjoy this musical art activity. In this early childhood visual art lesson, students use paint to respond to music.
Students explore reading. In this visualization lesson, students practice, creating images in their minds while listening to the story The Vegetables Go To Bed, by Christopher King. They listen to the story and then draw what they visualized while listening; they share these pictures in a group discussion. This lesson includes resource links.
Enjoy an artful departure from spring fever through creative art lessons.
Students observe art from different Aboriginal cultures.  In this art evaluation lesson, students discover the different traditions of cultures from the Pacific North West.  Students judge the art from these cultures with a specific criteria.
In this nature art lesson, students take a nature walk and collect items with different sizes, textures and colors. Students use the items they collect to make a collage.
Students design a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate their understanding of portraiture art.  In this art history instructional activity, students gather information of portraits through history and discuss the artistic techniques used by making a multimedia presentation.
Have your Spanish speakers give museum tours with this interactive plan. To simplify this entertaining idea, bring in art pieces and create a gallery in your very own classroom. Provide the names of different works of art and have your class conduct research to prepare for the tour.
Have you noticed how math and art are often intertwined? Study how artists create balance and order in their designs and artworks. They complete a radial design project and study examples of symmetry and examples of fractions or parts-to-whole relationships. 
Sand has been used as an artistic medium for centuries and can be found in cultures across the globe. The class examines sand art created by the Navajo people. They mix tempera paint and sand to create their colors, and then fill jars, keeping the inspiration of the Navajo pieces in mind. When finished, the glass jar sand art would make a nice gift for a parent or other faculty member.

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