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Arts and Humanities Lesson Plans
Humanities Subject Matter | Art
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School Art Lesson Plans | Visual
Arts Lesson Plans
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.
- Greeting Card Picture - This is
a fun activity to do with students around the holidays or at the end of
- The Body Picture - This art activity
has students working in teams of three to measure and cut paper, yarn,
or ribbon into different lengths.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cubomania - Cubomania is a technique
used in surrealist art. It involves taking a photograph, cutting it up,
and reassembling it in a new way.
- 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.
Faces- Students will learn how to handle sugarpaste and how it reacts
to the elements (air, moisture, etc.).
- Morphing Objects by Hand
- This lesson has students changing an object into another object just
by changing one feature at a time.
- Mosaics - Students can create a picture
using many small parts. This lesson can be tied into many subjects and
themes across the curriculum.
- Musical Strokes - In this assignment,
students listen to different types of music and paint the emotions they
- 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
- Parsemage - Parsemage involves creating
pictures by laying chalk dust or charcoal in water and then putting paper
under it and lifting the paper up.
- 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.
- Student gains an understanding of the functions and purposes of printmaking
in history and contemporary society.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Silhouette Drawings - The students will
have an opportunity to look at the shape of the head and practice outlining
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
- A Pintura: Art Detective
- Lesson Plans (ArtsEdNet)
- Mark Kistler's Imagination Station