Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain: Art Lesson for Kids

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Grade Levels
3rd - 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
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34 pages
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  1. This à la cART art bundle is for elementary classroom teachers or home schoolers – full of projects inspired by the Japanese contemporary artist, Yayoi Kusama. Each lesson has been successfully tested and used with TK (Transitional Kindergarten) to grade 5 students. It starts with an easy project, a
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In this à la cART lesson, students will use the 'drawing from the right side of the brain' technique to create a portrait of the Japanese avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama or of their chosen idol. They will finish their portrait with a translucent color wash.

You will Receive

  • 34-page, non-editable PDF
  • a single class (60 minute) duration art project
  • a read-aloud introduction script: highlighting the avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama, right versus left brain and drawing from the right side of our brain
  • questions to engage students
  • step-by-step instructions with pictures
  • gallery of student work
  • common core art standards

Total of 34pages

Materials Needed

I design À la cART lessons to be completed with simple art supplies (watercolor paper, regular pencils, fine black sharpies, colored oil pastels, and watercolor paint) as it is difficult enough trying to cart materials from one classroom to another. This ‘Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain’ project does need something extra: Transparency Film. These can be purchased at any office supply store. Plastic document covers work too.

Approximate Time Needed

The time needed will depend on the age group of students but usually takes approximately 60 minutes for the read-aloud introduction, art project and clean up.

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, the 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 images on a smartboard or whiteboard.

Common Core Art Standards

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

(3.VA:Cr3.1.3a) Elaborate visual information by adding details in an artwork to enhance emerging meaning.

Perfect for grades 3 – 12, homeschooling

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Total Pages
34 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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