Barnett Newman's Zip Lines Art Lesson for Kids

Grade Levels
PreK - 8th
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29 pages
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This À la cART lesson introduces students to abstract expressionism and the New York School of artists. They will learn about Barnett Newman, sketch ‘zip’ lines and experience with the push-pull color theory.

You will Receive

  • 29-page, non-editable PDF
  • a single class (60 minute) duration art project
  • an introduction script to read aloud with questions to engage students
  • list of different art techniques used
  • step-by-step instructions with pictures
  • common core art standards
  • extension activity: mazes

Total of 29 pages

Materials Needed

I design À la cART lessons to be completed with simple art supplies as it is difficult enough trying to cart materials from one classroom to another: watercolor paper, pencils, ruler, colored crayons, watercolor paint and optional, extra fine sharpies.

Approximate Time Needed

The time needed will depend on the age group of students but usually takes approximately 45-60 minutes for the read-aloud introduction and art lesson, extra for extension activities.

Read Aloud Introduction

You do NOT need any art and / or art history knowledge to teach À la cART lessons – it is all laid out for you. The read-aloud introduction introduces the artist and explains art movement and techniques pertinent to the lesson; with questions guiding student conversation.

Reference Materials

I like using visuals to support my lessons. Due to copyright infringement, Barnett Newman’s original art pieces are not included but I have listed the artist and title of the artwork. You can do a Google image search and then share with the class by projecting on a smartboard or whiteboard.

Common Core Art Standards

(4.VA:Cr2.1.4a) Explore and invent art-making techniques and approaches

(6.VA:Re7.2.6a) Analyze ways that visual components and cultural associations suggested by images influence ideas, emotions, and actions.

Perfect for grades TK – 8, homeschooling

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Total Pages
29 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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