Valentine's Day Art Lesson - Pop Art Hearts - Warm and Cool Colors

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This color-mixing art lesson is a creative alternative to making or coloring Valentines. It introduces Pop Art by artist Wayne Thiebaud and heart paintings by Jim Dine and focuses on the elements of art: shape, color, pattern and texture.

Hearts are popular shapes with children, who often add them to drawings in which they serve no compositional purpose. In these compositions, hearts are the only subject rather than a random addition to nonrelated subject matter.

This lesson includes two suggestions for writing extensions and a suggestion for extending the art appreciation component.

The lesson includes the following:

- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing art work by Wayne Thibaud and Jim Dine
- directions for art-making
- ideas for varying the lesson
- suggestions for writing and art appreciation extensions

Also included for teacher and student reference:
• a printable color wheel
• a page of information about Pop Art
informational text reading/response printables:
--- About Wayne Thiebaud - informational text artist biography
--- Thinking about Wayne Thiebaud - a “draw and write” response worksheet

This comprehensive lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, art technique, and art analysis, and to foster authentic art-making and art education.

Because I teach in California, this 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.

********** PLEASE NOTE *********
This lesson is bundled in Art Lessons With Hearts, along with three other art lessons:
Patterned Hearts
Warm and Cool Textured Hearts
Primary Colors Pop Art Hearts

Related art lessons:
HeartTangles - a variation on Zentangle drawing
Art Lessons with Patterns - math integrated art lessons

More Art lessons and Art-integrated resources:
Art Task Cards - self-directed Art activities for early finishers or Art centers
Start With Art - five exploratory Art lessons with focus on elements of art
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle - five integrated Art lessons
Artist Biographies for Kids - informational text with ‘draw and write’ response prompts
Language Arts Strategies with Art BUNDLE - learn Language Arts skills through art observation and discussion

Free Art resources:
Making Time For Art -- suggestions and ideas for integrating art in the classroom
Looking at Art with Kids - using well-known art works to supplement the curriculum


I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids and Share2Learn lessons and resources are designed to foster student creativity, choice, and independence, and to encourage authentic art-making. Consideration is given to developmental appropriateness, differentiation possibilities, and teacher individuality. For this reason, directions are general, expectations are open-ended, and clip art on student pages is kept to a minimum.

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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Valentine's Day Art Lesson - Pop Art Hearts - Warm and Coo
Valentine's Day Art Lesson - Pop Art Hearts - Warm and Coo
Valentine's Day Art Lesson - Pop Art Hearts - Warm and Coo
Valentine's Day Art Lesson - Pop Art Hearts - Warm and Coo