These five lessons explore the art elements point, line, shape, color, pattern, texture, and space. All are basic, open-ended explorations, and each can be extended to create a more comprehensive art lesson that includes art appreciation and analysis along with art-making.
These are low and no prep art lessons that would be perfect to leave for a substitute, or to use anytime students or teachers need a creative break. All have an inherent challenge of some sort and can easily be extended further.
Lessons included are:
Fun With Lines & Dots - a non-representational exploration inspired by Paul Klee.
What’s That Shape? - a basic introduction to the use of negative space.
Patterns and Shapes - an exploration of geometric shapes and patterns.
What’s That Squiggle? - draws on students’ imagination
Cityscape Silhouettes - focuses on warm and cool colors and positive/negative space.
Each of the lessons includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art vocabulary and related vocabulary
- suggestions for the use of related art work OR suggestions for related read-alouds
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- step-by-step directions for the art-making activity
- ideas for extending or varying the lessons
- directions and suggestions for looking at and discussing art
- writing extension suggestions
- photographs of student work for reference
Also included in this resource:
• Pattern Practice - a pattern drawing warm-up activity
with Patterns and Shapes
• What Do Artists Do? - tips and information
to go with What’s That Squggle?
• Shape Drawing Extension - a challenging drawing
supplement to What’s That Shape that uses directional words like vertical and horizontal
• Three ‘art reflection’ student worksheets
with prompts to help students think and write about their art and/or their creative process.
These comprehensive lessons are designed to teach art appreciation, art technique, and art analysis, and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
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.
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Each of the lessons in this bundle is also available individually:
Fun With Lines and Dots
What’s That Shape?
What’s That Squiggle?
Similar quick and 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
Start With Art
- five exploratory Art lessons with focus on elements of art
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- five integrated Art lessons
Artist Biographies for Kids
- informational text with ‘draw and write’ response prompts
Language Arts Strategies with Art BUNDLE
- learn Language Arts skills through art observation and discussion
Free Art resources:
Making Time For Art
-- suggestions and ideas for integrating art in the classroom
Looking at Art with Kids
- using well-known art works to supplement the curriculum
I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. 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.
Visit my blog, Creating Art With Kids,
for detailed descriptions and helpful tips about the teaching process for many of my art lessons.
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