Great for substitutes!
This art lesson focuses on the interplay of positive and negative space. The activity can be kept very simple and basic, or it can be extended to include a comprehensive discussion about the use of space in art work.
The basic lesson is simple to teach, and it can be extended in several directions. Add a writing activity or a companion art activity that reverses the design. Or, slip the lesson into a science unit that deals with the sun or sky, a social studies unit on cities, or a math lesson on concentric circles.
No special materials or preparation are required for this lesson. It can be inserted into any schedule on a moment’s notice when everyone needs to shift gears or take a break. It is also a perfect activity to leave for a substitute.
Extend the lesson with a writing activity or a companion art activity that reverses the design. Slip the lesson into a science unit that deals with the sun or sky, or a math lesson on circles.
Cityscape Silhouettes is bundled with four other lessons in 5 Super Easy Art Lessons
This lesson includes:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- suggestions for related read-aloud books
- directions for the art activity
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing art
- a suggestion for a writing extension
- photographs of student art work for reference
Also included: an ‘art reflection’ worksheet, Thoughts About My Art, with prompts to help students think and write about their art work.
This comprehensive art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis, and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
National Core Visual Arts Standards are listed at the beginning of the lesson.
Because I teach in California, this 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 lessons
Art 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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