Art meets informational text with these art lessons inspired by artists Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky, and Henri Matisse. Activate students' imaginations as they observe and discuss art; work with the art elements line, shape, color, and space; read short artist biographies; and write about each artist, the artist’s work, and their own work.
Each art lesson in this bundle is also available individually.
Chagall-Inspired Surrealistic Drawing
uses overlapping and positioning of contour drawings of simple and familiar subject matter.
Kandinsky-Inspired Abstract Drawing
focuses on math vocabulary and helps develop students’ listening and interpretive skills.
Matisse-Inspired Geometric/Organic Collage Art Lesson
uses geometric and organic shapes in warm and cool colors to create a composition that shows rhythm and movement.
Each lesson includes a one-page artist biography, a “draw and write” student response worksheet, and an art reflection worksheet.
Each lesson includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art vocabulary and related vocabulary
- suggestions for the use of related art works
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- step-by-step directions for the art activity
- ideas for extending or varying the lessons
- directions and suggestions for looking at and discussing art
- writing extension suggestions
- photographs of student work for reference
- photographs of student response charts
- informational text about the artist
- a “draw and write” student response worksheet
- an art reflection student worksheet
These comprehensive lessons are designed to teach art appreciation, art technique, and art analysis; and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
National Core Visual Arts Standards are listed at the beginning of each lesson.
This resource also includes a description of the National Core Visual Arts Anchor Standards and an overview of ways Art education supports other areas of the curriculum.
Because I teach in California, each lesson also includes a list of the California Visual Arts Standards addressed for suggested grade levels. Please note that listed grade levels are suggestions only; any of these lessons can be simplified or made more complex to work for any elementary grade.
For more art-making ideas and suggestions:
Start With Art
-- perfect for back-to-school
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- a collection of five integrated Art lessons
Making Time For Art
-- a free download
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have a Multiple Subjects credential, a Single Subject credential for Art and English, LDS/ESL certification, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics focus, and Montessori certification. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
lessons and resources are designed to foster student creativity, choice, and independence, and to encourage authentic art-making. Consideration is given to developmental appropriateness, differentiation possibilities, and teacher individuality. For this reason, directions are general, expectations are open-ended, and clip art on student pages is kept to a minimum.
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