All the relaxation of coloring, and more creative than coloring pages!
This quick and simple art lesson can be used to introduce the concept of positive and negative space, and lends itself to a variety of differentiation possibilities, including review of math-vocabulary, use of color theory, and even some math and visual problem-solving. Suggestions are included for each of these extensions.
No special materials or preparation are required for the basic 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. It can easily be started at one time and finished later.
Colorful Hands is bundled with three other lessons in Four Quick Art Lessons.
This lesson resource includes the following
- list of art concepts and skills addressed
- national visual arts standards information
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- suggestion for related read aloud
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- directions for art-making
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing student art
- suggestions for writing extensions
- photographs of student art work for reference
Also included is an art reflection worksheet which requires students to write a descriptive paragraph 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.
Related art lessons:
Five Super Easy Art Lessons.
Start With Art
Resources to support art integration:
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
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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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