These four quck, relaxing art lessons are simple to teach and include connections to math, language arts, or science. Each has variations to make the lesson more comprehensive, and differentiation is embedded. Three art reflection worksheets and an artist biography of Wassily Kandinsky are included.
Little or no prep
is required, so these can be used on the spur of the moment and anytime: on a rainy day, the last hour on Friday, or when students ... or teachers... need a break. And... they are perfect to leave for a substitute!
Students can get started now and finish later.
Each of these lessons can be completed with nothing but crayons and paper, but with paper scraps and watercolors, students can mix media be even more creative! The lessons can be simplified or expanded as desired.
Lessons included are:
-- students trace their own hands, add intersecting lines, and color as desired. Includes art reflection worksheet and suggestions for making the lesson more complex.
-- students go on a texture walk, make rubbings of several different textured surfaces, and identify repeating patterns. Includes art reflection worksheet for student self-assessment.
Design a Sun
-- students create a symmetrical radial design in warm colors. Includes an art reflection worksheet.
What Can You Do With a Dot?
- students create non-representational art that relies on color and pattern. Includes Wassily Kandinsky biography and student worksheet.
Each of the lessons includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- step-by-step directions for the art activity
- ideas for extending or varying the lessons
- ideas for looking at and discussing art
- ideas for relating the art activity to other curricular areas.
• Three art reflection student worksheets with prompts to help students assess their own art work
• Informational text and student response worksheet about Wassily Kandinsky.
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.
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Each of these art lessons is also available individually.
What Can You Do With a Dot?,
is also bundled with three other art lessons in Playing With Shapes.
Similar art lessons:
Five Super Easy Art Lessons
More Art lessons and Art-integrated resources:
Art Task Cards
- self-directed Art activities for early finishers or Art centers
Artist Biographies for Kids
- informational text with ‘draw and write’ response prompts
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- five integrated Art lessons
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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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