Art Lessons - Start With Art - Introducing the Elements of Art

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Perfect for Back to School! Real Art instead of art projects!

These five art lessons introduce young students to the elements of art with exploratory, open-ended activities that also teach art vocabulary and the care and use of art materials and tools. These lessons are designed to introduce students to the basics of creating art and being creative.

Mixed-Media Exploration -- gives students the opportunity to explore on their own with drawing, cutting, gluing, and painting.

Mondrian-inspired Line Design -- focuses on different types and orientations of lines. Students will use a variety of straight and curved lines to create a Mondrian-inspired design. Includes informational text: About Piet Mondrian artist biography and Thinking About Piet Mondrian ‘draw and write’ worksheet.

Abstract Shape Collage -- an adventure in using just one shape, in different sizes, colors, and orientations, to create an abstract design. Students are shown how to easily cut out the inside of a shape to create an open shape and an extra shape.

Color Mixing Exploration -- students create secondary colors from primary colors and explore painting techniques, as well as learn how to care for paint and brushes.

Drawing Patterns from Nature is an observation lesson in which students will make and use a simple viewfinder to focus on pattern details in photographs of plants and animals, which they will replicate.

The lessons in this packet are geared mostly toward grades 1, 2, and 3, but any of them are easily adaptable to even younger and some older students, since they focus on the elements of design, which have no real grade level and are the basis of all art work.

Each lesson includes the following:

- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- list of materials needed (all common classroom materials)
- targeted art vocabulary and related vocabulary
- suggestions for related read-aloud books or related art works to look at
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- directions for the art activity
- ideas for extending or varying the lessons
- ideas for looking at and discussing art
- photographs of actual student work samples
- writing extensions where applicable

Also included:
• Three Teacher Resources:
--- The Elements of Art - an overview
--- Painting: A Few Things to Know - tips for painting success
--- Make Time for Art - suggestions for integration and more
• Informational Text:
--- About Piet Mondrian - artist biography
--- Thinking About Piet Mondrian - ‘draw and write’ student worksheet
• Three Art Reflection Student Worksheets:
--- My Art: Color Mixing
--- Looking at My Art
--- Describing My Art

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, this lesson also includes a list of the California Visual Arts Standards addressed for suggested grade levels. Listed grade levels are suggestions only; any of my art lessons can be simplified or made more complex to work for a variety of elementary grades.

********** PLEASE NOTE *********
Two of the lessons in this bundle are also available individually:
Mondrian-inspired Line Design
Drawing Patterns from Nature,

Similar art lessons:
Five Super 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
Artist Biographies for Kids - informational text with ‘draw and write’ response prompts
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle - five integrated Art lessons
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 and Share2Learn 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.

Other ways to connect with me:
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