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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Dance Like a Flame

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Students explore Wes Wilson's poster, "Dance Like a Flame." In this visual arts lesson, students view the poster and discuss how the poster makes them feel. Students use movements or words to express their thoughts about the poster.
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Water: A Source of Life and Culture

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students explore water as a feature of culture. In this visual arts lesson, students consider the necessity of water in every culture. Students select water symbols and use their artistic skills to create water symbol silhouettes.
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Fun With Shapes and Smells

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students identify shapes in a sculpture. For this visual arts lesson, students study the "Incense Burner with Sun God Face" and find the various shapes in the sculpture. Students work with their own clay to mold their own shapes.
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It's a Wrap!

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Students investigate symbols and colors on the Osage blanket. In this visual arts activity, students examine a blanket from the Osage culture and identify symbols on the blanket. Students create a class blanket, including symbols which...
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Creative Camouflage

For Teachers K - 5th
Students explore how a foreground and background is used in painting. In this visual arts lesson, students view the painting "Enemy's Country" and identify the camouflage in the scene. As an extension activity, students use fruit and try...
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Designing a Dish

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students locate the symbols on the Chinese Dish with Eight Buddhist Emblems. In this visual arts lesson, students study the dish and the meaningful symbols painted on the dish. Students create their own artistic symbols on a paper plate.
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Canvas Dinnerware

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Take recycling to a new height. Learners use china or plastic dinnerware from thrift stores to create great works of art.  They discuss great works of art, talk about techniques, and design their own piece.
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Moving Mountains

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Learners engage in movement activities influenced by the painting "Molten Polyester." In this visual arts lesson, students identify the colors in the painting and act out the images in the painting, such as climbing a mounting or playing...
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Baroque Composer Presentations

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students create an understanding of contemporary artistic styles and genres through an overview of the connection of the arts throughout modern history. Students discussed visual, written and aural artistic mediums, as well as their...
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Storybook Theater

For Teachers K - 6th
Tell a story visually using this resource. Learners design a storybook theater by creating a book and painting watercolor pictures describing scenes from the story. This is a creative means to have your class practice summarizing skills.
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Paper Molas

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Delve into the history of textile art using this resource. Learners discuss the history of molas, a type of textile art made in Panama and Columbia, and talk about the importance of this process in the Kuna culture. Then, they create...
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Piecin' It Together

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students examine the art of marquetry. In this Renaissance art lesson, students view the marquetry on the "Renaissance Revival/Aesthetic Cabinet." Students then create a piece of art, demonstrating marquetry skills. Students place...
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Buddhist Art - Lost In The Landscape

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore new objectives for art and examine how Chinese painting reflects Buddhist principles. This lesson includes a vocabulary list and possible lesson extensions for various student levels.
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Kinetic Sculpture

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Young scholars discover the art of kinetic sculpture using found materials to create objects with human characteristics. Activities address inventive thinking, utilizing unusual materials and team building through the creation of robotic...
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The Language of Books - Activity 1

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Students investigate the art of book making through in-class discussion, a video, and an exploratory activity in this introductory instructional activity provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting.
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Interpreting Lao Design Drawing

For Teachers K - 6th
Students identify symmetry as a word and concept using drawings. The lesson is cross-cultural using traditional Lao Art. The goal is to then apply the skills of symmetry to personal works of art that are produced.