Spirit Animal Art Lesson Plan and Presentation for Middle School Art Class

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Learning Objective

Students will be able to create paintings of a spirit animal using tints and shades of analogous colors


Students will create a "spirit animal" painting. Connect to popular culture by sharing video clips of patronus from the movie Harry Potter to create excitement and engagement with this easy color theory lesson. An easy way to teach tints and shades as well as analogous colors.


  • Professionally formatted at-a-glance lesson plans for your planbook.
  • Powerpoint Presentation for color theory portion (7 slides)
  • Value Scale Practice Worksheet (optional)
  • Printable colorful mini-posters of the art standards that apply
  • Printable colorful mini-poster of objectives written as student-friendly “I can” statements
  • Printable colorful vocabulary list for your word wall or bulletin board
  • Materials list
  • Step by step teacher preparation checklist
  • Evaluation rubric (2 options) for you or your students to assess their work
  • Teacher reflection page for after the lesson, to file away for next time


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