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  • Awareness, Creativity & Communication - Discussion and guided activities on aesthetics, creativity, form and content.
  • Drawing with Emotion - This lesson provides students an opportunity to explore how certain colors and styles of writing reflect emotion. Students use words to name an emotion and colors to describe it.
  • Fall Trees on Foil - This is a nice introduction to etching. Students can create a fall drawing using just foil, paint, and tissue paper.
  1. Greeting Card Picture - This is a fun activity to do with students around the holidays or at the end of the year.
  2. The Body Picture - This art activity has students working in teams of three to measure and cut paper, yarn, or ribbon into different lengths.
  3. Contour Line Drawings - Drawing an object while looking at it helps artists draw what they really see. It is a good technique for beginners and advanced artists.
  4. Creating Packing Tape Casts - In this activity students use packing tape to create casts of objects. They apply several layers of tape around an object.
  5. Creating Tearing Pictures - This lesson is a good one to use in the beginning of the year when students are still learning how to use scissors.
  6. Cubomania - Cubomania is a technique used in surrealist art. It involves taking a photograph, cutting it up, and reassembling it in a new way.
  7. Frottage - Textured rubbings are fun to do, but often they are left as just that. In this lesson, students are challenged to incorporate those textures into their pictures.
  8. Modelling Faces- Students will learn how to handle sugarpaste and how it reacts to the elements (air, moisture, etc.).
  9. Morphing Objects by Hand - This lesson has students changing an object into another object just by changing one feature at a time.
  10. Mosaics - Students can create a picture using many small parts. This lesson can be tied into many subjects and themes across the curriculum.
  11. Musical Strokes - In this assignment, students listen to different types of music and paint the emotions they hear.
  12. Painting with Bubble Wrap and other great objects - This is an introductory lesson into texture. Students are able to paint a variety of objects and transfer the pattern to a piece of paper.
  13. Parsemage - Parsemage involves creating pictures by laying chalk dust or charcoal in water and then putting paper under it and lifting the paper up.
  14. Positive and Negative Space - Students will create pictures using white and black construction paper to illustrate the use of positive and negative space in art.
  15. Printmaking - Student gains an understanding of the functions and purposes of printmaking in history and contemporary society.
  16. Puzzle Pictures - This activity is a fun way for students to explore patterns and design. Students can also use it practice using contrasting or complimenting colors, warm or cool ones, or primary and secondary ones.
  17. Scratchboard Pictures - Students create pictures out of scratchboard in this lesson. The animals or objects they can choose are limitless, but the greater the detail, the more the picture will stand out.
  18. Shape Collage - The student will be able to create a collage using paper, at least three different sizes of the same shape, and a variety of colors of paint.
  19. Sharpie Shirts - Students observe the idea of disbursement during this lesson. Traditional tye-dye ink is exchanged for the Sharpie marker in this fun t-shirt activity.
  20. Silhouette Drawings - The students will have an opportunity to look at the shape of the head and practice outlining it.
  21. Understanding Perspective - Visualize and develop pictorial ideas through the drawing process Demonstrate the ability to use the perspective grid in defining proportion for multiple objects in a given space.

Other Arts and Humanities Lesson Plans

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