Perfect for Back to School! Real Art instead of art projects!
These five art lessons introduce young students to the elements of art with exploratory, open-ended activities that also teach art vocabulary and the care and use of art materials and tools. These lessons are designed to introduce students to the basics of creating art and learning artist behavior.
Each of these lessons is easily differentiated for students with varying needs. They are geared primarily toward lower grades, but any of them are easily adaptable to some older students, since they focus on the elements of design, which are universal and the basis of all art work.
Each lesson in this bundle is also available individually.
Lessons included are:
Color Mixing Exploration
-- students create secondary colors from primary colors, explore painting techniques, and learn how to care for paint and brushes. Includes painting tips, a printable color wheel, and art reflection student worksheet]
Drawing Patterns from Nature
-- students make and use a simple viewfinder to focus on and draw pattern details in photographs of plants and animals. Includes annotated nature photo reference page and art reflection student worksheet
Mixed Media Exploration
-- gives students the opportunity to explore on their own with drawing, cutting, gluing, and painting. Includes tips for setting up media exploration stations and annotated photos of student work samples.
Mondrian-inspired Line Design
-- students use a variety of straight and curved lines to create a Mondrian-inspired design. Includes informational text: About Piet Mondrian artist biography and Thinking About Piet Mondrian ‘draw and write’ worksheet.
Abstract Shape Collage
-- students use just one shape, in different sizes, colors, and orientations, to create an abstract design. Includes shape cutting tips and tips for creating successful abstract designs.
Each lesson includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- list of materials needed (all common classroom materials)
- targeted art vocabulary and related vocabulary
- suggestions for related read-aloud books or related art works to look at
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- directions for the art activity
- ideas for extending or varying the lessons
- ideas for looking at and discussing art
- photographs of actual student work samples
- writing and other curricular extensions where applicable
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.
Similar art lessons:
Five Super Easy Art Lessons
Four Quick 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
Language Arts Strategies with Art BUNDLE
- learn Language Arts skills through art observation and discussion
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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