Art Lessons & Art History | Art Lesson Plans for Elementary | Famous Artists

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I used this with my homeschooled boys and just added YouTube videos to go with the lessons. It’s great to have everything included.
We use this for our homeschool art program and these are the coolest projects. I love how they are organized, too.

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    Read First - Tips For Teaching Art and Writing Templates


    Your elementary students are going to be so excited to study history, culture, geography and literacy when they have the opportunity to view it through the lens of Art and Art History. These amazing Art History lessons provide a unique and interesting way to engage learners and integrate learning on multiple levels. Each Art History unit includes a student-friendly teacher script to read aloud to students. Questions are also included to support you in helping students to engage in discussions. These Art History lessons integrate literacy activities, allowing students the opportunity to share, compare, discuss and write about their learning. 

    Writing prompts and reflective writing, word searches and coloring pages are also included in this resource. Your student will love documenting their Art History journey with the world map that is included. The BEST PART…you do NOT need to have any previous Art experience or Art History background knowledge because everything you need is included! This Art Lessons & Art History Bundle includes 13 resources to deliver an in-depth, comprehensive journey thorough Art History with enough lessons and projects to last a full year

    ⭐️Make sure to take a look at the PREVIEW to see a sample of what is included in this Art History and Art Lessons Bundle.⭐️

    Each Art History Lesson includes

    • Teacher script to read aloud with discussion questions and simple information about the time period
    • Relevant art project
    • One or more extension art projects
    • Reflect and Review page to review concepts
    • Coloring page of famous art
    • Word search with relevant vocabulary 

    ❤️You and your students will finish this program with a new appreciation and a clear understanding of the progression of art through history.

    This is a collection of art history lessons is arranged chronologically, and includes the following Artists and Art Periods

    ⭐️ Don't miss the BONUS FILE in your download, which includes lots of writing templates and extra information about teaching art!

    ❤️Teacher Notes & Tips:

    • Although the art lessons are arranged in chronological order, you can pick and choose to complete the lessons and activities in any order.
    • Looking for ideas? Check out the Teacher Feedback to take a look at over 1,000+ reviews below to see how other teachers have used these lessons to create a fantastic art program with literacy integration!


    • Please be advised that this resource is for SINGLE classroom uses only. Commercial purposes such as Outschool are not permitted.
    • For copyright reasons the art pieces are not included in this resource. Simply project digital versions so all students can view paintings properly. The artist and title of the artwork are clearly at the beginning of each lesson. Simply type it into a google search and click "images" to easily share it with the class by projecting it on the whiteboard. You do not need any particular websites to complete this unit.

    Common Questions Answered:

    Which materials are neeeded?

    These art projects purposely use only inexpensive and easily accessible art supplies. I have worked at low-budget schools and know how expensive supplies can be. Therefore I have designed the lessons to be completed with simple supplies such as paper, scissors, markers, paints, pastels and other common items. You can see a materials list in the preview if you are not sure.

    How much background knowledge needed?

    You do NOT need any art history background to begin - you may find yourself becoming an art history expert along with your students!

    How much time is needed?

    The time needed will depend on the age group of students, and whether or not you choose to complete all the projects, extension projects and related writing activities within each unit - there are a lot of different things to choose from! Each unit will take approximately one hour for the class discussion/teacher read-aloud script and art lesson / clean up. Another hour may be needed to do additional art lessons and writing extensions.

    Do lessons have to be completed in order?

    Although the lessons are organized chronologically through history, you do NOT have to complete all the projects - you can pick and choose. You can also pick and choose between the activities included and do not have to complete them all. You may wish to complete the art projects during art period, then use the extension writing projects, word searches and coloring pages in your writing center each week, or for early finishers!

    What are the Literacy and Geography Components?

    There are many literacy components to this program as well, so it will fit in well with your writing and social studies (an early sense of history, culture and geography).

    A simple world map is included so students can mark the areas that each lesson focuses on.

    What is the Read Aloud Script for Teachers?

    You do not need to have ANY background knowledge of art history to teach this unit! The teacher read-aloud script guides your conversation as each lesson begins, with questions included to ask your students. You can turn to page one and begin teaching!

    What About Early Finishers?

    I have included reflect/review writing pages to work on when finished the art projects, as well as various printables, word searches for each lesson AND coloring sheets for each art period or artist. These can also be used in literacy centers or as extension lessons.

    What Kind of Reference Materials Will I Need?

    All lessons also have are easily supported visually with a simple web search.

    For copyright reasons the art pieces are not included, but it's more beneficial to project digital versions so all students can view paintings properly. I have listed the artist and title of the artwork clearly at the beginning of each lesson. Simply type it into a google search and click "images" to easily share with the class by projecting on the white board. You do not need any particular websites to complete this unit.

    How Can I Manage Student Work?

    All projects can be kept in a scrapbook, which results in a great portfolio and keepsake! A scrapbook cover is included. I am sure you will also want to display the fantastic artwork on the wall as well, but later it can be glued into the scrapbook along with any extension projects for that time period.

    Teacher Tip: I've been doing these lesson with multi-age buddy classes for 12+ years, with great success. If you have a chance to pair up students from different grade levels for these projects, I'd highly recommend it! Last year we paired grade 2's with grade 5's as "big buddies".

    Please click on the preview button above for a detailed overview!


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    Art History For Elementary 2

    More artists to study with step by step directions. The focus is on more modern artists than in Art History for Elementary 1.

    Art Around the WORLD

    18 Art Lessons - 160+ pages and photos - Step by step instructions

    This big bundle of 18 simple and engaging art lessons focusing on art from different countries/continents and cultures around the world. Includes 18 complete art projects (3 for each area), step-by-step photos, teacher scripts and writing activities. Use these year after year with gorgeous results!

    Seasonal Crafts For Each Month of the School Year (8 crafts per month)

    This is a resource for busy teachers with limited time and supplies. All the work is done for you! Just choose between 8 cute crafts for each month.

    Directed Drawing And Writing Full Year Bundle

    This bundle has 53+ directed drawing packs that are perfect for adding to your weekly routine, literacy centers, early finishers, or seasonal art lessons. Each topic has 10 differentiated templates to draw a picture and then write about it. Everything is embedded on the page, so it's no prep!

    It also includes 25+ Drawing VIDEOS - just press play and students draw along! See some of them by clicking HERE.

    I genuinely appreciate the lovely feedback I've received on these art units!

    Keeping art alive in classrooms by integrating it with other subjects is near and dear to my heart - thank you for helping!

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