Visual Art Painting Curriculum: Acrylic Painting for Middle or High School Art

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    This acrylic painting and mixed media lesson bundle will fill an entire semester of high school art. Each lesson includes a detailed lesson plan with rubric, national standards, big ideas, essential questions, supplies, goals, objectives, step-by-step instructions and vocabulary, student self-evaluation/rubric, and detailed powerpoint presentation. All documents are editable for flexibility of use. Also included are two presentations a video demonstration and painting prompt task cards.


    Full Lessons with Lesson plans, presentations and rubrics/evaluations

    Scope and Sequence Chart

    Materials list for entire semester


    This is a 3-day project that introduces students to Mixed Media and gives students an opportunity to explore the colors, images and textures that they are naturally drawn to as an artist. The lesson has students create a mixed media name tag by pulling interesting images, textures and colors from magazines. Includes powerpoint and notes as a word document.


    This acrylic painting lesson is a great way to teach students basic color mixing and blending in acrylic paint. Blending in acrylic paint is difficult for students to learn and this is by far the easiest and most fun and most successful lesson I've found.


    This 47 minute narrated video takes students step by step through the process of painting a pear from photographic reference. There is no cutting and coming back to it looking wonderful, it shows the entire process.


    3 Page Lesson Plan with National Visual Arts Standards, Big Idea, Enduring Understandings, Essential Questions, Objectives, Supplies, Instructional Materials, Final Outcomes and detailed process notes.

    Student Self Evaluation

    Photograph of Painted Pear to use for Reference


    Students learn how to paint a portrait using color theory. Painting has students paint each part of the portrait in a differnt color using tints and shades. Once complete students finish the painting by creating a pattern for the background. Monochromatic paintings can be so boring to look at, but these are amazing when finished!

    Lots of pop and visual interest, students loved painting these!

    41 page editable powerpoint

    Color Worksheet Packet

    Pattern Worksheet Packet

    Links to video resources

    Editable Word Rubric

    Examples of student process

    Examples of final student artwork


    Students paint a landscape based on photographic reference using mostly a palette knife. Students create a color plan by mixing the colors identified in their reference and make artistic choices to create a simplified semi-abstract landscape painting while still maintaining visual interest. Also covered are the six ways to create the illusion of space on a two-dimensional surface.


    4 Page Lesson Plan with National Standards for grades 8-12; Big ideas, Essential questions, Goals and Objectives, instructional Materials, Supplies and detailed process. Also included are Resource links and vocabulary.

    27 page editable powerpoint

    Links to video resources

    Editable Word Rubric

    Examples of student process

    Examples of final student artwork

    Materials list


    This lesson teaches students to create radial symmetry and is a great introduction to color mixing. Students learn about color bias, tints, shades and intensity of color as well as how to create rhythm, variety and movement with dot size, placement and color.

    Lesson Includes:

    8 Page Lesson Plan with National Standards for Visual Arts and Common Core Standards for English Language Arts; Big idea, Essential questions, Objectives, Instructional Materials, Supplies and detailed process. Also included are Resource links, vocabulary and rubric. All editable.

    41 Page PowerPoint with student process examples

    Notes for presentation in PDF format

    Color Mixing Chart

    Student Self-Evaluation Sheet


    This project-based Decorative Line art lesson is a great way to teach students about the elements of Line, Color, Rhythm and Unity.

    Lesson Includes:

    NEW! 4 Page Lesson Plan

    with National Standards for grades 6-12; Big idea, Essential questions, Goals and Objectives, instructional Materials, Supplies and detailed process. Also included are Resource links, vocabulary and rubric in the form of a student self-evaluation. All editable.

    42 Page PowerPoint Presentation (Editable)

    Presentation Notes PDF

    Link to a movie to use as anticipatory set for Line designs

    Color Mixing Chart with Colors and Blank

    Rubric - Student Self-Evaluation Sheet

    Multiple student examples in process and final work

    6 Doodle Starter Idea Sheets (with 24 three step doodle ideas)

    Blank Doodle Starter Sheet for your own designs for students

    Doodle Thumbnail Worksheet


    his lesson teaches students more advanced shading, texture, proportion and expressive color using acrylic paint. It provides the opportunity to work with acrylic paint in a way where most students can be successful and lends exciting results. This lesson is best taught after teaching the basics of color mixing and color schemes.

    Lesson Includes:

    7 page Lesson Planwith National Standards for Visual Arts, Enduring Understanding, Essential questions, Objectives, Instructional Materials, Supplies, detailed process and vocabulary.

    33 Page Editable PowerPoint Presentation

    Student Self-Evaluation Sheet for Expressive Color Animals

    Color Chart


    In this lesson students create a two hands, one that represents their past and one that represents their future, learning how to tell a story through their art.


    • 6 page lesson plan with national visual arts standards, big idea, objectives, and detailed process notes

    • 46 page powerpoint (editable) showing student process, final artwork and technique video links

    • Graphic Organizer worksheet (Editable Word document)

    • Student self-evaluation and Reflection (Editable Word document)

    Art Exhibition, Final Art Reflection & Art Portfolio Guidelines for Students

    • Art Exhibition
    • Reflection with Rubric
    • Artist Statement and Title Cards
    • Art Portfolio List


    These task cards take students through 30 different painting prompts. These are great for sketchbooks, early finishers, and independent projects for advanced students. Each task card is labelled with a letter and number that corresponds to that task card or question, students can then mark off on their student completion sheet which cards they have finished.


    30 Painting Task Cards

    1 Completion Sheet

    Print them in color or grayscale, laminate and cut into individual cards.

    Ways to use in your classroom:

    As sketchbook prompts

    In conjunction with other projects that you are teaching

    As early finisher work

    As independent project work

    National Visual Arts Standards:

    • Anchor Standards:


    Anchor Standard #1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.

    Anchor Standard #2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.

    Anchor Standard #3. Refine and complete artistic work.


    Anchor Standard #4. Select, analyze and interpret artistic work for presentation.

    Anchor Standard #5. Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

    Anchor Standard #6. Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.


    Anchor Standard #7. Perceive and analyze artistic work.
    Anchor Standard #8. Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
    Anchor Standard #9. Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.


    Anchor Standard #10. Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.
    Anchor Standard #11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.

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