This is a book of printable handouts that can be used to teach some of the basic Elements of Art. It is geared towards lower elementary. The book covers line, shape, color, value and texture.
A new element of art can be introduced each week and then all the work can be combined at the end of the unit into a finished book. Students can decorate the covers and the teacher can staple or use hole punch/brads to bind the book. I had students glue the cover page onto a slightly larger piece of construction paper to give a colorful border.
There are handouts for each element but they could be supplemented with longer classroom projects in between. For example– texture could be supplemented with a "Where The Wild Things Are" paper bag puppet. You could even include a pocket in the book to store the puppet. For color, students can make a collage to put in their book using two complementary colors. In my classroom we did a mini unit on Matisse when we learned about shape. We played "I Spy" to identify shapes from his "Jazz" series and then created our own shape collages.