These five lessons explore the art elements point, line, shape, color, pattern, texture, and space. All are basic, open-ended explorations, and each can be extended to create a more comprehensive art lesson that includes art appreciation and analysis along with art-making.
These are low and no prep art lessons that would be perfect to leave for a substitute, or to use anytime students or teachers need a creative break. All have an inherent challenge of some sort and can easily be extended further.
Each of the lessons in this bundle is also available individually.
Lessons included are:
- focuses on warm and cool colors and positive/negative space.
• Includes Thoughts About My Art - an art reflection worksheet.
Fun With Lines and Dots
- a non-representational exploration inspired by Paul Klee.
• Includes an ‘art reflection’ worksheet to help students make personal connections with art and to use their imaginations when observing non-representational art.
Patterns and Shapes
- a math-embedded exploration of geometric shapes and patterns.
• Includes Pattern Practice Warm-Up - a pattern drawing warm-up activity, and an art reflection worksheet, My Art: Using Patterns.
What’s That Shape?
- a basic introduction to the use of negative space.
• Includes a challenging shape drawing extension that requires rotation and other variations
What’s That Squiggle?
- draws on students’ imagination
• Includes What Do Artists Do? - a resource page with tips and information about artist behaviors, and Thinking About My Art, an art reflection worksheet.
Each of the lessons 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 work OR suggestions for related read-alouds
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- step-by-step directions for the art-making 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
These comprehensive art lessons are designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis.
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.
Similar quick and easy art lessons:
Four Quick Art Lessons
More Art lessons and Art-integrated resources:
Start With Art
- five exploratory Art lessons with focus on elements of art
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- five integrated Art lessonsArt Task Cards
- self-directed Art activities 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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