3D Bending Planes

Grade Level 9-10, 11-12 Duration 2 weeks Materials 8.5 x 11-inch computer paper, X-Acto knives, and plenty of fresh blades Media Paper cutting Lesson Objectives For the student to… learn the art of paper cutting by creating a spontaneous cut design using geometric or free-form shapes. Think how the 2-D design can be manipulated, without […]

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Giuseppe Arcimboldo inspired Food Faces

Grade Level 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 Duration unknown Materials White drawing paper, pencil, Prismacolor color pencils, reference photos of fruit and vegetables Media Color pencils Lesson Objectives for the student to… learn about, explore and understand the ART ELEMENTS: Lines, Shapes, Form, Color, Texture, Space, and Value learn about, explore and understand the PRINCIPLES of DESIGN: […]

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Faux Stained Glass

Grade Level 5-6, 7-8 Duration unknown Materials Tissue paper in various colors, wax paper, glue, paintbrushes, masking tape Media Mixed media Lesson Objectives For the student to… Look at and appreciate stained glass examples in art history as well as understand the purpose and uses for stain glass. Choose a subject matter and conduct research […]

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Wire Portraits

Grade Level 9-10 Duration unknown Materials Drawing paper, pencil, Twisteez brand wire, colored sheets of paper (or board) for mounting, optional: pliers Media Sculpture Lesson Objectives Students will… create a wire portrait inspired by the work of Alexander Calder. learn to properly and safely use wire and tools appropriately to create their artwork. Introductory Activity […]

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Klimt Inspired Leaves/Tree

Grade Level 5-6, 7-8 Duration Five classes, 40 minute class periods Materials Cardstock, scissors, acrylic paint or acrylic ink, leaves for observational studies, drawing paper, or use sketchbooks (if your students have them), black fine line pens like Sharpies, metallic markers Media Mixed media Lesson Objectives Students will… practice their observation skills by drawing and […]

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Patterned Animals

Grade Level 9-10, 11-12 Duration 10 periods, 45 minutes in length Materials Adobe Illustrator Media Digital Lesson Objectives For the student to… understand making using Adobe Illustrator’s pattern maker. understand how to approximate a pattern’s value. to use original and found patterns to collage digitally an illustration of an animal. Introductory Activity This project assumes […]

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Form Action Figures

Grade Level 7-8, 9-10 Duration 10 periods, 45 minutes in length Materials Toned paper with some tooth, white pastel sets, white charcoal pencils, wood figure manikins for drawing and/or basic forms Media Chalk pastels Lesson Objectives For the student to… Understand how to shade to create form. Understand that all objects can be simplified to […]

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Found Object Assemblage Inspired By Louise Nevelson

Grade Level 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 Duration 7 periods, 45 minutes in length Materials Collect objects that are discarded. You can ask students, parents, and other teachers to bring in objects appropriate to the scale you wish to work. cardboard, scissors, utility knives, hot glue, wood glue, glue, tape, spray paint, paint, paintbrushes, found objects, […]

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Charles McGee Inspired Sculpture

Grade Level 7-8, 9-10 Duration 10 periods, 45 minutes in length Materials Matboard (ask local framing shops for their scraps), scissors, black and white acrylic paint, acrylic brushes of varying size, glue Media Sculpture Lesson Objectives For the student to… Create varying levels of depth To explore line, shape and pattern Practice 3D composition skills […]

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Bell Ringers: Elements of Art

Color Download our two part bell ringer that teaches student to think about color’s expressive nature. First slide shows six colors they are asked to come up with a name. Second one reveals what the color is from and some context to the color name. Click here to download Think Bell Ringer: What’s in a […]

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Think: Gee’s Bend Artist Mary Lee Bendolph

Think _Gees Bend This projection can be used as a bell ringer or conversation starter for this lesson.

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Cut Paper designs inspired by Molas

Grade Level 9-10 Duration 10 classes, 45 minutes Materials Exacto knife, extra blades, scissors, stapler, fade resistant construction paper of a variety of colors (enough black for each student), glue (I prefer Elmer’s used sparingly) white color pencils, paper or sketchbooks for design development, pencil Media Paper Lesson Objectives Explore the connections between culture and […]

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