This no prep art lesson focuses on the art elements color and texture. Students use a loose drawing and coloring technique to create a visually textured heart using both warm and cool color palettes.
Basic color theory and art appreciation are incorporated in this lesson as students look at and discuss the art work of American artist Jim Dine, who is well-known for his heart paintings. Students also learn about visual texture. asymmetry, and background. The lesson uses crayons but other media, such as oil pastels or watercolor, could provide alternate texture treatments.
This lesson is bundled with three other art lessons in Art Lessons With Hearts.
The lesson includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- national visual arts standards information
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- suggestions for looking at art by Jim Dine
- directions for art-making
- ideas for varying the lesson
- suggestion for writing extension
Also included is an ‘art reflection’ worksheet
with prompts to help students assess and write about their own art work.
This 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.
Other art lessons in the bundle:
Primary Colors Pop Art Hearts
Warm and Cool Pop Art Hearts
Related art lessons and resources:
Valentine’s Day Draw and Write
- quick write prompts for Valentine’s Day
- (free) a variation on Zentangle drawing
For more art-making ideas and suggestions:
Start With Art
-- perfect for back-to-school
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
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