St. Patrick’s Day symbols and colors are the focus of these St. Patrick’s Day art lessons!
These three art lessons are perfect for the month of March, and can also be used anytime throughout the school year. Students will tap into their own creativity with each one of these lessons, all of which focus on the art elements line, shape, and pattern…. and the color green.
Leprechaun’s Playground Paper Sculptures
give students an opportunity to experiment with construction paper to create a fanciful 3D sculpture. Patterned Shamrock Designs
include tracing, cutting, and creating shapes through overlapping; it also requires students to create, extend, compare, and describe patterns. Green Landscapes
begins with an observation and discussion of landscape elements.
Each of the lessons includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art vocabulary and related vocabulary
- suggestions for the use of related art works or suggestions for related read-alouds
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- step-by-step directions for the art activity
- ideas for extending or varying the lessons
- directions and suggestions for looking at and discussing art
- writing extension suggestions
- photographs of student work for reference
Included are two resources for teachers - Looking at Landscapes offers suggestions for observing landscape art with students and Landscape Drawing ~ A Few Tips can be used to help all students create interesting compositions.
Also included is my free resource, Artist Biographies for Kids: Vincent van Gogh -- an artist biography and ‘draw and write’ reading comprehension worksheet
that will provide additional content and add an art history component to the landscape lesson.
These comprehensive lessons are designed to teach art appreciation, art technique, and art analysis.
Because I teach in California, each lesson also includes a list of the California Visual Arts Standards addressed for suggested grade levels. Please note that listed grade levels are suggestions only; any of these lessons can be simplified or made more complex to work for any elementary grade.
Green Landscapes is also available individually.
and... similar versions of each of these lessons are included in these Creating Art With Kids art lesson packets:
Art With Hearts
(Patterned Shamrock Designs)
Art in 3D: Introduction to Sculpture
Three Landscape Art Lessons
For more art-making ideas and suggestions:
Art Task Cards -- for early finishers or art centers
Start With Art -- perfect for back-to-school
Making Time For Art -- a free download
Art and Language Arts integrated resources:
Learn Language Arts Strategies with Art
Artist Biographies for Kids - Informational Text and Response Primpts
Creating Art With Kids
lessons are designed to focus primarily on the creative process. They are intended to be open-ended enough to encourage student creativity and detailed enough to give teachers clear direction.
Visit my blog, Creating Art With Kids,
for detailed descriptions and helpful tips about the teaching process for many of my art lessons.
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