Visual and Performing Arts Teacher Resources

Visual and Performing Arts resources foster different forms of creative expression, whether through drama, music, film, dance, or visual art, and teach students to value aesthetics. In addition, they provide learners with the historical and cultural contexts for events.       

Hands-on activities can be used to introduce young learners to the concept of symmetry while an activity for middle schoolers connects art, advertising, and nutrition. Other lessons, activities, and videos permit students to discover the themes, values, and traditions of world cultures.       

The arts have long been used to draw attention to and encourage response to important social issues, environmental concerns, and even the horrors of war. Here’s an article packed with suggestions for how to integrate the arts into science classes and this lesson connects science, math, and art.

No matter your subject area, Lesson Planet has teacher-curated resources designed to spark the interest of your students in the visual and performing arts.

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Art Press Tools

For Teachers K - 12th
Kids cast their own plaster tools to stamp image impressions and textures for tiles, pictures frames, and other works of art. Young artists can even create their own watermark to label their stuff.
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Art/Architecture - Johannes Vermeer

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Bombarded by the loud, the flashy, the larger-than-life glamorous, class members are asked to consider the beauty and value in everyday events through a video about Johannes Vermeer. Part of the "Art/Architecture" playlist, the episode...
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Art/Architecture - Andrea Palladio

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
The design principles of 16th Century Italian architect Andrea Palladio are the focus of an episode in the "Art/Architecture" School of Life playlist. The narrator points out how Palladio's belief that the purpose of architecture was to...
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Art/Architecture - Caspar David Friedrich

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
The episode from the "Art/Architecture" playlist examines the paintings of the famous Nineteenth Century German romantic landscape artist. The narrator focuses on Friedrich's belief that art can teach us about the importance of suffering...
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Art/Architecture - Cy Twombly

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
"What does this work feel like?" Ah, that according to the narrator of The School of Life episode is the question viewers should ask themselves when observing Twombly's paintings and other works of abstract art.
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Art/Architecture - Andy Warhol

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Images of soup cans and of Marilyn Monroe connect to represent commerce and celebrity: the pillars of pop art and the source of inspiration for Andy Warhol. A brief video explores the four big ideas behind Warhol's work.
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15th Century Northern Renaissance Art

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Build a better understanding of art history, artistic symbolism, and visual literacy for the art produced in Northern Italy during the fifteenth century. These slides contain notes, information, and a full analysis of paintings composed...
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Social Issues and Art Inquiry Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Connect art to social issues with a extended inquiry project. Individuals or small groups select a social issue and a type of art to explore. They complete a KWL chart for both the social issue and the art strand and take time to create...
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Ancient Egypt Art

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Help your class prepare for the AP Art History exam with a PowerPoint presentation that features over 130 images of the art of ancient Egypt. Most works are identified and dated, and maps of the areas where the works were found are...
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Late Gothic/Proto Renaissance Art

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Whether or not used for AP art history and humanities classes, this 89-slide PowerPoint focused on Late Gothic and Proto-Renaissance Period in art and architecture (late 1200s - 1300s) will prove interesting. Information about the period...
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Baroque and Rococo Art

For Teachers 10th - 12th
A massive 217-slide PowerPoint introduces AP Art History and Humanities classes to Italian, French, Spanish, Flemish, and Dutch Baroque and Rococo art and architecture. Evocative and dramatic, the collection of images would appeal to...
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How Ancient Art Influenced Modern Art

For Students 7th - 12th
What do Picasso, Matisse, and Gauguin have in common? They are all considered modern artists, a movement that began over 150 years ago. And despite the label, their work was influenced by artists much, much, older. Check out this video...
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Pop Art Sculpture: Food

For Teachers 9th
Pop art food sculptures may look good enough to eat, but don't bite into them! Paying close attention to detail, ninth-graders use modeling clay to sculpt then paint a realistic item of food, reflecting the American popular culture of...
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Painted Story Quilt

For Teachers K - 12th
Creating story quilts is a great way to combine art, social studies and literature. Kids select a story, a published one or one of their own, to illustrate, paint on a canvas square, embellish, and mount on a felt backing.
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The Birth of an Icon: Learning and Performing the Origins of the Drum Set and Early Jazz Drumming in New Orleans, Louisiana

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Bass drum, snare drum, tom-toms, cymbals. Perched behind their drum sets, wielding their drum sticks and wire brushes, drummers lay the grove and are the heartbeat of a band's performance. A dynamic lesson introduces young musicians to...
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Water, Art, and The Canadian Identity

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Have your class explore the representation of water in Canadian art. This lesson has learners investigate the representation of water in a variety of art forms. They focus on their personal feelings about art and the topic of water. What...
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Stitch It Up!

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Ever think about combining the art forms of painting and embroidery? Then this art lesson is right up your alley! Given a piece of white cloth, young artists first create a grayscale painting and then highlight certain features by...
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Islamic Art; Exploring the Visual Arts of the Middle East

For Teachers 5th - 8th
The intent of this unit is to demonstrate some of the traditional arts of the Middle East. Extensive background information on the religion, culture, and nature of Islamic art found throughout the Middle East is provided. Each of the...
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Early Medieval Art

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
The early Medieval period began around the 6th century and went until about the year 1100. This image-driven presentation covers those years in terms of art and architecture. From churches to the Book of Kells, this functional,...
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Baroque Art: 1600-1750

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Wow, this presentation covers the entire Baroque period. Definitions, characteristics, and many examples of Baroque art from 1600-1750 are covered in this extensive resource. The period examples are shown in the context of their region,...
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Warhol Reductive Printmaking

For Teachers K - 6th
Begin your elementary art lesson with an informative look into Andy Warhol's reductive printmaking. Gain insight into the artist's background, importance in the art world, and create an original design using reductive styrofoam...
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Places of Performance

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students explore and analyze the architecture of performing arts facilities to create a replica of a theater. They identify the interior and exterior characteristics of these types of facilities and create a replica of a real or imagined...
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1920s Variety Show

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
To better understand the cultural achievements of the Harlem Renaissance and become familiar with its major figures, class members examine a painting by Aaron Douglas and a poem by Langston Hughes and compare how the artists develop...
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Thrilling Information: Music and Reading

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Here’s a cross-curricular program music activity that uses Peer Gynt to engage class members. Groups take one section of “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” choreograph their section of the tune to represent the story as they imagine it,...