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Middle School Art Lessons (Gr. 6-8/Age 11-14)


We've gathered and listed all of our Middle School art lesson plans below. These activities are best suited for Grades 6-8 - or - ages 11-14 years. However, grade levels are given as a guideline only. Lessons are always adaptable. Find other age/grade groups HERE. To view lesson plans by medium or discipline (painting, drawing, printmaking, etc.) visit HERE.

CROSS CURRICULUM

ART APPRECIATION K-8
Ward has a clever way of teaching students that everyone has a different opinion of art. [read more]

BE A CURATOR - HAVE AN ART SHOW all ages
An art curator is someone who works in a gallery or museum and is in charge of building art collections, researching art information, writing about art and placing artwork within gallery spaces. [read more]

BULLETIN BOARDS all ages
A growing list of ideas (many of them art themed) for you to use in your classroom. [read more]


CREATING THE MOOD OF CREATIVITY all ages
Whether you are an art-on-a-cart instructor or a classroom teacher, here are a few simple extras that will allow you to utilize your environment to the creative max! Submitted by: Nifodora Krumrie. [read more]

EXPRESSION AND JOY Gr. 3-8
Using the technique of cutting paper, participants will be making positive and negative shapes that will be used to create a composition. From Anitra Redlefsen. [read more]



HOW ARTISTS SEE K-8
Sponsored by Abbeville Press. The twelve-volume How Artists See series is a wonderful introduction for kids to the world of art and to the observation of their world. Each volume presents sixteen diverse works of art devoted to a subject familiar to every child through personal experience. Here you can view exerpts from each of the books written by Colleen Carroll. [read more]
(Section: Art History)

MAKE YOUR OWN SKETCHBOOK Gr. 6-8
Lori Rennekamp shows you how to create and assemble a sketchbook from assorted materials. [read more]

TEXTURE AND THE WORLD AROUND YOU Gr. 6-8
The object of this art project from Judy Braddy, is for the students to see, touch, and understand how to draw, paint and produce textures on any art project. [read more]

THE PAINTING BALLERINA Gr. K-8
The author of a book shares some inspirational ideas with you and your kinderartists. [read more]

TILE MURALS (HISTORY IN THE PAINTING) all ages
Add character to your school or home while your kinderartists start to think about art history. By: Elizabeth Basa. [read more]

Buono, Gloria M.: THE PAINTING BALLERINA Gr. K-8
The author of the book shares some inspirational ideas with you and your kinderartists. [read more]

COFFEE FILTER BOOKLET K-8
An interesting way to create a colorful book courtesy of Meredith Fritsch - Lockland City Schools. [read more]

HAIKU STRAW PAINTING K and up
Students will learn about haiku poetry, have the experience of writing a haiku and then make an ink painting to enhance the haiku. From Carole Rathfon. [read more]

MAGNETIC POETRY Gr. 3-8
Create your own homemade magnetic poetry pieces to use on the fridge at home or on the magnetic board at school. From Jane Sanders. [read more]

POETRY PEBBLES Gr. 3-8
Students will use small rocks, stones and pebbles to create words with which to write poetry. From KinderArt.com. [read more]

NINE EASY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS TO MAKE all ages
Make one or all of these fun and easy musical instruments to encourage play and creativity. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

CHINESE GONG K and up
A gong is an East and South East Asian musical percussion instrument that takes the form of a flat metal disc which is hit with a mallet. Find out how to make one using simple, household materials. From: Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou. [read more]

JINGLE BELLS K and up
Throughout time people have loved the sound of bells that jingle. Here are some ideas for making your own jingle bells. From: Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou. [read more]

MARACAS (RECYCLED MATERIALS) Pre-K and up
Maracas are one of the simplest instruments to play for young children or the beginning musician. They are essentially rattles with handles. Find out how to make maracas out of bottles and toilet paper rolls. From: Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou. [read more]

MUSICAL ART Gr. 3-8
Geoff Thompson has great ideas for teaching children the relationship between art and music. [read more]

OCEAN DRUM PreK and up
An ocean drum is filled with small round objects that, when tilted back and forth, sound remarkably like the waves at the seashore. Find out how to make an ocean drum here. From: Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou. [read more]

SISTRUM K and up
A sistrum is a hand-held percussion instrument that dates back to Ancient Egypt. Make your own with items from around the house. From: Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou. [read more]

STICKER SHAKERE Pre-K and up
A shakere is a beautiful musical instrument made from a dried gourd that is shaken, tossed or moved from hand to hand creating wonderful rhythms and songs. Find out how to make one using a recycled milk carton. From: Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou. [read more]

CRAZY HAIR GUY Pre-K-8
Introduce your students to the concept of growing seeds. Using a nylon stocking and some grass seed, your students will see how fast grass grows. From KinderArt®. [read more]

FOSSIL FANTASTIC Gr. 6-8
Angela Sabarre walks you through how to make a home-made fossil. [read more]

SNOW SCIENCE ART K-8
Students will experiment with different materials to see which ones are the best for making pretent snow! From Lorie Marchant. [read more]

EDUCATIONAL ICEBREAKERS all ages
Help us build a list of icebreakers for back to school. Look at our list so far and share your ideas too! [read more]

ARCHITECTURE

ARCHITECTURE IS ELEMENTARY Gr. 3-8
Students will learn the four orders of architecture: Doric, Ionic, Corinthian and Composite with this fun lesson from educator Sara Gagliano. read more

YOUR STATE'S ARCHITECTURAL SCRAPBOOK Gr. 6-8
Students will learn about architectural styles and terms. From Beth Elzinga. read more

ART HISTORY

ART APPRECIATION: HOW ARTISTS SEE Gr K-8
Sponsored by Abbeville Press. The twelve-volume How Artists See series is a wonderful introduction for kids to the world of art and to the observation of their world. Each volume presents sixteen diverse works of art devoted to a subject familiar to every child through personal experience. Click here to view exerpts from each of the books written by Colleen Carroll. [read more]

BOSCH, HEIRONYMOUS: OH MY GOSH, IT'S A BOSCH! Gr K-8
Artist Bosch explored both the good and bad extremes of human nature. In this lesson, students will explore these ideas as they depict beauty and monsters together. Submitted by Julie Moses. [read more]

CAVE PAINTING Gr K-8
Prehistoric paint was created by mixing dirt, ground up rocks and animal fat. Sometimes, bits of burned wood were ground up, mixed with animal fat and used for painting as well. Learn how you can create your own "prehistoric paint". [read more]

COW PARADE Gr 6-12
This lesson challenges students to decorate cow cutouts in the style of great artists. Inspired by Cow Parade in Kansas City. From art educator Mary Love. [read more]

EGYPT: EGYPTIAN BOOK OF THE DEAD Gr 6-12
Learn about Ancient Egypt and make a Book of the Dead with Charlotte Broxon. [read more]

EXPRESSIONISM: EXPRESS YOURSELF Gr 3-8
Students will demonstrate an understanding of expressionism by creating a portrait of a friend who inspires a mood or feeling. Glue and pastels are the media used. From Rebecca Engelman. [read more]

GREEK POTTERY DESIGNS Gr 3-8
Students will be introduced to the designs of Ancient Greek Pottery as they explore the use of geometric and organic shape in making ordered patterns. From Amy Woods. [read more]

KANDINSKY, WASSILY: A LITTLE KANDINSKY FOR ALL Gr K-8
Learn about lines, primary colors, and Kandinsky with Charlotte Broxan. [read more]

KANDINSKY, WASSILY: KANDINSKY COLOR STUDIES Gr K-8
Students will learn about artist Wassily Kandinsky as they focus on his life as an artist and a musician. From Laura Stuart-Smith. [read more]

KLIMT, GUSTAV: BUILDING KLIMT Gr K-8
Introduce your KinderArtists to the intriguing work of artist Gustav Klimt. Jennifer Schero introduces you to the art and shows you how to Build a Klimt. [read more]

LIVE PAINTINGS Gr 6-8
Allow your students the opportunity to really get into some art. From Beth Elzinga. [read more]

MATISSE, HENRI: POSITIVE/NEGATIVE SHAPES/SHAMROCKS Gr 3 and up
One way to achieve harmony in a composition is to repeat positive and negative spaces which vary in size, color, texture or value. Find out more with the help of Anitra Redlefsen! [read more]

MINOAN POTTERY - AN ARTICLE
An article about Minoan Pottery. By Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

MONET, CLAUDE: MONET AND IMPRESSIONISM Gr 3-8
This lesson from Judy Sassano teaches students about Monet and Impressionism as students are encouraged to create their own Impressionistic painting. [read more]

MORRISSEAU, NORVAL: OJIBWA PAINTER Gr 3 and up
A medicine man or shaman, Morrisseau developed a style which has since evolved and been used by many Native artists. [read more]
(Section: Multicultural)

MUNCH, EDVARD: THINGS THAT MAKE US WANT TO SCREAM Gr 6-12
Students will learn about the artist Edvard Munch and his famous painting The Scream. From Tracy Green. [read more]

O'KEEFFE, GEORGIA: ABSTRACT FLOWERS Gr K-8
Students will view and discuss Georgia O'Keeffe's flower paintings and then create their own drawings. From Madeline Buonagurio. [read more]

O'KEEFFE, GEORGIA: FLOWERS GALORE PreK-12
Drawing and painting magnified flowers. From Beth Elzinga. [read more]

POLLOCK, JACKSON: DRIPPING PAINT - ACTION PAINTING Pre-K and up
Students will be directed to observe the lines and shapes that make up an action painting. [read more]

SEURAT, GEORGES: Q-TIP® POINTILLISM Gr 3-12
S.Klein shares a great technique students can use to reproduce the look of a Georges Seurat pointilism painting. [read more]

TO TELL THE TRUTH Gr 3-8
A terrific art history game that teaches students about the lives of the masters. From art educator Laura McAlpin. [read more]

VAN GOGH: VINCENT'S FLOWERS Gr K-8
Becoming aquainted with Vincent Van Gogh with the help of art educator Linda Moucha. [read more]

CAMP CRAFTS

ACORN MOBILE K-8
Kids can make this fun decoration for their camp cabin, or as a souvenir to take home after camp. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]


PINE CONE OWLS K-8
You can make a owl using a pine cone and some acorn tops. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

RAINBOW DREAM CATCHER K-8
Kids can make this dream catcher with plenty of different colors to give it a fabulous rainbow feel. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

ROCK BEES K-8
Kids can make these adorable bees to decorate their room, camp dresser, or mess hall table. From Amanda Formaro.[read more]

TIE DYE PILLOWCASE K-8
Kids can make a cool designer pillowcase using this tie dye technique. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

WATER BOTTLE FLOWERS K-8
Instead of tossing your water bottles, turn them into a work of art! From Amanda Formaro. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

CRAFTS

ABSTRACT ART T-SHIRTS Gr. 3-8
April Scurlock uses t-shirts as canvas. This is a great way for students to express themselves. [read more]

BUBBLE FRAME All Ages
Here's a fun and creative way to frame one of those classic bubble bath shots! Grab some old puzzle pieces, paint and some craft gems and you are on your way. These easy and personalized frames make wonderful gifts for relatives.

BUG VILLAGE K and up
All you need for this craft are a few sticks, some acorn tops, rocks, and imagination! From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

CLOTHESPIN MAGNETS all ages
Amanda Formaro shows you how to create treasure from trash. [read more]

CRAFT STICK TREES all ages
This simple craft is a great way to celebrate the coming of fall, even for the younger set. No patterns are required, just sticks, foam or felt and a little imagination. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

DINOSAUR EGGS Gr. 3-8
Create your own game while you dabble in discovery and history. From Craftbits. [read more]

FALL LEAVES T-SHIRT all ages
This adorable shirt can be made for either a boy or a girl. So colorful and vibrant they are definitely going to love it! From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

FLOWER POWER JEWEL BOX Gr. 3 and up
This adorable box is all "girl" with its flower motif and fun fur lining. Find out how to make it with Amanda Formaro. [read more]

FRIENDSHIP PINS Gr. 3 and up
This is a tried and true craft which is great to give to and trade with friends and family. From Maria Lillard. [read more]

JELLYBEAN SWEET JAR all ages
A sweet gift idea! From Craftbits. [read more]

MILK CARTON PENCIL HOLDER Gr. 3 and up
Micky Carline shows you how to create a one-of-a-kind pencil holder using an old milk carton and some magazines. [read more]

PAPER QUILLING Gr. 3 and up
Students will learn about paper quilling and the art of rolled paper. From Mary Breveleri. [read more]

PAPER BAG TREES all ages
Grab a brown paper lunch bag and some colored tissue paper to make this easy and fun tree that appears to be blowing in the wind. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

PHOTO CARD all ages
Grab some construction paper or card stock, a photo and some glue and make this adorable little card.From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

PLUSH PAINT PAIL PALS all ages
When your kids have finished off the paint in those little plastic containers, what do you do with them? How about making these darling little magnets! From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

POPSICLE® STICK PICTURE FRAMES Pre-K to Gr. 8
Judith Walsh and Ryan Hecker share their idea for making picture frames with wooden craft sticks. [read more]

RECYCLED LID ORNAMENT Pre-K to Gr. 8
This craft shows you how you and your students can create beautiful holiday ornaments using recycled materials. From Connie Miller. [read more]


SAND JARS all ages
Linda Otis-Gutman shows us how to make colorful sculptures. [read more]

SKETCHBOOKS! MAKE YOUR OWN Gr. 3 and up
A great way to start the new year is to encourage your students to create a place for all of their clever creations. [read more]

WASTE NOT PICTURE FRAMES all ages
These easy and personalized frames make wonderful gifts for relatives. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

WASTE NOT SNOWMAN all ages
There are plenty of crafts you can make from items found around the house, or even those headed for the garbage can. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

WINDOW CLINGS all ages
Kids (and adults) of all ages can make window clings using fabric paint. From KinderArt.com. [read more]

DRAMA

BEAN BAG K and up
This exercise demonstrates to the children how important it is to project their voices. From Connor Snyder. [read more]

MIRROR EXERCISE K and up
This drama exercise promotes inventiveness, clowning, and timing. From Connor Snyder. [read more]

PANTOMIME K and up
This drama exercise helps children learn to communicate without words. From Connor Snyder. [read more]

DRAWING

A BUG'S LIFE Gr. 3-8
Students will create a crayon resist painting of a bug's life. By Elisa Michael. [read more]

A UNIQUE DRAWING EXPERIENCE all ages
Students (and teacher) will see how with just one set of directions, everyone in the classroom will come up with very unique works of abstract art. [read more]

ADJECTIVE, ADJECTIVE, NOUN Gr. 3-8
Nancy Tompkins shows us how to encourage drawing skills, imagination, and a sense of humor. In this lesson students will also learn about adjectives and nouns. [read more]

ADVANCED SCRIBBLE PICTURES K-8
This lesson from Kim Swanger requires planning and problem solving, much like a math problem or science experiment. Students will see that scribbles can become much more. [read more]

BASIC SHAPES Gr. 3-8
This is a wonderful mini lesson in which children will create works of art using basic shapes. Written by Robert Beeching. [read more]

BEAUTIFUL NUMBERS K and up
This art activity focuses on the shapes of numbers. A good tie-in to math for younger students. [read more]

BLIND CONTOUR DRAWING K and up
Contour drawing is an excellent way to train the eye to draw what it really sees rather than what it thinks it sees. [read more]

BUG JARS Gr. 3-8
Children will learn to look at the details of bugs and plants as they learn about symmetry and asymmetry. From Laura Stuart-Smith. [read more]

CHALK AND GLUE PreK - Gr.8
A great lesson using art paste and pastels. Submitted by Leon Ruder. [read more]

CHALK AND STRING DESIGNS Gr. 3 - 12
Learn how to create wonderful works of art using string and chalk pastels. From Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

CLASSIC STILL LIFE DRAWING Gr. 3-12
Roberta Scrivener introduces students to a classic method of drawing, on toned paper with charcoal or black pencil, heightened with white. [read more]

COMPLEMENTARY COLOR PORTRAITS Gr. 3-8
Madeline Buonagurio shows us how to create a portrait using one pair of complementary colors. [read more]

CONTOUR DRAWING K and up
This is awonderful mini lesson which shoes students how to create a contour drawing. Written by Robert Beeching. [read more]

CRAYON ETCHING PreK - 8
Younger students will enjoy exploring this activity while older students should be encouraged to investigate detailed images and patterns. [read more]

CRAYON RESIST FISH PreK - Gr.8
Use crayons or oil pastels and paint to create wonderful undersea images. From Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

CRAYON RESIST JACK-O-LANTERN PreK - Gr.8
A paint and crayon lesson plan for all ages. From Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

CREATIVE PRINCIPLES Gr. 6-8
A series of simple design exercises to further understand of the Principles of Design and how each can be developed within a structured composition. From Ruth Hand. [read more]

DOODLES Gr. 3-8
A free-form drawing project that deals with the elements of design - colour, line, shape, form and texture. [read more]

FACE STUDY (Draw the Other Half) Gr. 3-12
This lesson will help students see and understand correct facial placement. From Katie Haase. [read more]

FRUIT AND VEGETABLE PORTRAITS Gr. 3-8
Students will learn that complex forms can be created using simple items as they draw portraits in the spirit of artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Submitted by Lacramioara Matei. [read more]

GESTURE Gr. 3 and up
This is a wonderful mini lesson which teaches children about gesture drawing. Written by Robert Beeching. [read more]

GLUE FISH Gr. 3-8
A great lesson inspired by Marcus Pfister's book, The Rainbow Fish. Submitted by Karen Larmour. [read more]

HAND DRAWING Gr. 3-8
This is a wonderful mini lesson showing students how to draw hands. Written by Robert Beeching. [read more]

INSIDE OUTSIDE DRAWINGS Gr. 3-8
Students will study and draw fruits and vegetables in this great lesson from Traci Wolfensperger. [read more]

IT'S A BUG'S LIFE Gr. 3-8
Students will create an original crayon resist painting of a bug's life. From Elisa Michael. [read more]

MAT BOARD MASTERPIECES Gr. 6 and up
Ever wonder what to do with those saved mat board scraps (or other art papers that you've saved but don’t know what to do with)? Use them as innovative and colorful art backgrounds. Go "green" and reuse odd sized art boards for great new artworks: stretch your art supply budget! From Gerald Cloud. [read more]

PEN AND INK Gr. 3 and up
Students will hone visual recognition skills by paying close attention to details of shape, line, and texture as they create a complete ink drawing of one or more natural objects. From Christina Eosco. [read more]

PERSPECTIVE DRAWING - TREES Gr. 3-8
Paula Schinski has tips and ideas on how you can teach your students about perspective. [read more]

PLEIN AIR DRAWING AND PAINTING all ages
Are you looking for something creative to do on a clear day? Why not take a trip outside to let nature inspire you? [read more]

PORTRAIT DRAWING - GRID SYSTEM Gr. 6 - 12
Using artist Chuck Close as inspiration, art teacher Alison Lorion shows us how to draw portraits using the grid system. [read more]

POSITIVE/NEGATIVE BUGS Gr. 6-8
Learn about positive and negative space with the help of art teacher Amy Shapley. Students in grade 5 and up will enjoy this fun lesson that focuses on bugs as the primary subject matter. [read more]

PRE-DRAWING EXERCISES K and up
This is a wonderful mini lesson that has children draw images from memory. In order to evaluate progess, there must be an established reference point for comparison. Have students produce untutored drawings before they receive instruction. Written by Robert Beeching. [read more]

RADIAL LETTER DESIGNS Gr. 3-12
Amy Woods introduces your students to radial balance. [read more]

SHADED BOTTLES Gr. 3-8
Amy Shapley show you how to create a wonderful still life with pencils and paint. [read more]

SHADOW / SILHOUETTE PICTURES Gr. 3-8
This is an activity that teaches students about light, shade and shadow. [read more]

STAINED GLASS DESIGNS - Totem Poles (Drawing with Glue) Gr. 3-8
Using white glue for lead and chalk pastel for glass, you can create wonderful stained glass designs. For this particular lesson, personal totems were the theme. From KinderArt.[read more]

SUNFLOWERS all ages
Students will create expressionistic sunflowers in oil, acrylic or pencil crayon. [read more]

UNDER THE SEA Gr 3-8
Several watercolor techniques are introduced here as students learn about tropical fish, unified composition and contour line. From Rebecca Engelman. [read more]

WANDERING INK DRAWING Gr. 3 and up
Students will learn to "go with the flow" as they allow their materials to take on a life of their own. [read more]

> WHAT'S OUTSIDE THE WINDOW? PreK - Gr. 8
This is a terrific drawing lesson that gets the creative juices flowing. It is great as a 15 minute filler. [read more]

MULTICULTURAL ART

MASKS: PAPIER MACHE K and up
These colorful, razzle dazzle masks are simply magical! [read more]

MASKS: COLORFUL PAPER MASKS K and up
Using paper and scissors and objects you find, you can make masks of all colors and kinds. [read more]

MASKS: PLAIN PAPER MASKS PreK-Gr8
This is a quick and easy way for your students to make masks. [read more]

SOLE PEOPLE K-8
Students will learn about the African American inventor Jan Earnst Matzeliger. From Debi London. [read more]

DIDGERIDOOS K and up
A didgeridoo is a long wooden trumpet-like instrument used by the Aboriginal peoples of Australia. [read more]

KORU ART K-12
Children will become familiar with the Maori Koru designs as they create colorful works of art using chalk pastels. From Kim Lannon. [read more]

CHINESE DRAGON K-8
Ilona Lelli has what it takes to create a Chinese dragon. You and your kinderartists will enjoy this multicultural lesson. [read more]

JAPANESE FANS K-8
Learn about Japanese culture with this lesson from Karen West. [read more]

JAPANESE ABSTRACT WIND SOCK K-8
Learn how to create a windsock with a paper bag and some magic markers. From C. Schilling. [read more]

DAY OF THE DEAD SKULL MASK Gr 3-8
A popular subject for both Halloween and Mexico's Day of the Dead, is the skeleton. Students can create a day of the dead skull mask using paint, glue, glitter, puffy paint and more! From Anitra Redlefsen. [read more]

MEXICAN METAL TOOLING Gr 3-8
With this lesson from Margaret Morales, students will express ideas about Mexico using metal tooling techniques and the elements of art and principles of design. [read more]

MESOAMERICAN CODEX BOOKS Gr 3-8
Here, students will learn about Ancient Mesoamericans as they create a wonderful piece of historical art. Art Educator Amy Shapley walks you and your kinderartists through the steps. [read more]

YARN PAINTING (OFRENDAS) K-12
The Huichol Indians of Mexico are known for their yarn paintings. Here, learn how to make your own. [read more]

DRUM Gr 3-12
Make a dumbek with materials from your garden shed. [read more]

PAINTING

BELLA BUTTERFLIES K-8
Students will review symmetry while creating a crayon resist butterfly. By Claudia Peterson. [read more]

BLOTTOS PreK and up
A blotto is a simple version of a monoprint. Here students will learn that no two blottos are ever alike (though they do often resemble butterflies and other insects). [read more]

COLOR COLLISION Gr. 6-12
Students will experience watercolor and it's blending and flowing properties to make a color design based on color theory. From Amy Shapley. [read more]

COLOR THE SNOW PreK and up
Who needs a rainy day when you have a snowy day! Create you own winter wonderland with colorful buckets of snow. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

CRAYON CRACKLE PAINTING K and up
Students will learn about texture as they experiment with crackle patterns. [read more]

EMOTION PAINTING K and up
Students will gain an understanding of how much of a role emotion plays in artmaking as they create paintings based on feelings. [read more]

FISH BANNER K-8
Animals that live underwater can provide parents and educators with an enormous amount of teaching inspiration. Here learn how to create colorful banners with fish as the theme. [read more]

HAPPY ACCIDENTS PreK and up
Take it from us, mistakes can be beautiful. By working with ink, watercolor and wet paper, students will be forced to "go with the flow". [read more]

LANDSCAPE RESIST PAINTING Gr 3-8
Making an art form using processes and techniques influenced by those of different artists can help one to better understand how to create a landscape. From Lauren Geggus. [read more]

LINE PAINTING FLOWERS Gr. 3 and up
Students will be introduced to the work of Geoff Slater - the artist who paints images using one single line! [read more]

MILK BUBBLES K and up
Students will use milk and food coloring to make wild, fantastic patterns which can be transferred to paper. From David Leatherwood. Includes a video. [read more]

MIXED MEDIA PAINTING Gr. 3 and up
This is a mixed media still life "happy accident" art lesson that is a great introduction to pen & ink, watercolor and pastels. [read more]

MONDRIAN STYLE PAINTING Gr. 3-12
Learn how to make a painting in the style of artist Piet Mondrian. [read more]

PAINTED ROCKS all ages
Using paint and glue, students will create wonderful works of art while learning about geology! [read more]

PAINTED SHOES all ages
Canadian artist Teodoro Dragonieri paints, collages and reconstructs old shoes to represent great artists of the 20th century. Find out how your students can get creative on a different kind of canvas. [read more]

PAPER BATIK FLOWERS Gr 3- 8
Find out how to make wonderful Batik-Style paintings with flowers as the theme. From Rebecca Engelman. [read more]

PLANT DYE PAINTS Gr. 3-8
Students will learn that plants are a source of natural dyes and paints. Find complete recipes, from Kim Swanger. [read more]

SAND PAINTING K-12
Navajo Natives created sand paintings as a way of chasing away evil spirits. This lesson shows you how to make your own sand paintings that are inspired by the real thing. [read more]
(Section: Multicultural)

SCRATCH ART all ages
Learn how to create a fireworks display with crayons and paint. From B. Church. [read more]
(Section: Seasons)

SEASHELL PAINTING all ages
Seashells make wonderful palm-size canvases for seascape paintings. [read more]

SWEET STUFF - WAYNE THIEBAUD Gr 6-8
Introduce your students to Wayne Thiebaud - the artist famous for his dreamy 1960s paintings of cakes. Amy Shapley shares a yummy lesson plan. [read more]

TEXTURE PAINTING Gr 3-8
In this lesson, students learn about texture and impasto painting. From Lillian Arreola. [read more]

TISSUE PAPER BUTTERFLIES PreK and up
Students will learn about color mixing as they create butterflies out of tissue paper (or paint or magic markers) and coffee filters. From Karen LaVarnway and Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

TISSUE PAPER PAINTINGS Gr 3-8
This lesson involves the application of many layers of tissue paper to create a "painted" image. [read more]

VAN GOGH'S PAINTING STYLE K - Gr8
Teach your children about what makes a Van Gogh painting a Van Gogh painting. A great painting and art history lesson submitted by H. Bachman, an art educator from Maryland, USA. [read more]

VIEWFINDER PAINTING Gr 3 and up
Students will learn to look at the different ways of laying out a painting as they begin to recognize important elements of design.. [read more]

PRINTMAKING

FRUIT and VEGGIE PRINTS PreK and up
A fun and inexpensive way to introduce printmaking. This is for all ages. [read more]

LINOLEUM BLOCK PRINTMAKING Gr. 3 and up
A lino print results when a piece of linoleum has had pieces cut out of it, been inked and been printed. [read more]

LITHOGRAPHY Gr. 7 and up
A series of photos (and a video) give a nice overview of this multi-step printmaking process. [read more]

MONOPRINTS PreK and up
Monoprinting is a process whereby only one print is pulled from the printing plate. Here are three methods you can try. [read more]

MONOPRINTING WITH FOIL K - Gr. 12
This lesson offers a unique way to create a monoprint using paint and aluminum foil. From Stacey Glover. [read more]

PUZZLE PRINTS K - Gr. 8
Using old puzzle pieces to create fun works of art. [read more]

SHAVED CRAYON MONOPRINTS PreK - 8
Lisa offers this lesson idea that makes use of old crayons. [read more]

STYROFOAM RELIEF PRINTMAKING K and up
A form of relief printing that makes use of readily available styrofoam meat and vegetable trays. [read more]

YARN FISH PRINTS K - 8
Create an underwater scene while building fine motor skills. From art educator, Gullion. [read more]

RECYCLING CRAFTS

ART SAVERS PreK and up
Kids will have fun making one of these handy "art savers" which they can use to transport their works of art. From Charlotte Riley. [read more]

BIRD FEEDER PreK and up
Providing an easy way for children to give back to the environment. From Adrienne Bolles. [read more]

BIRDHOUSE PreK - Gr. 8
A lovely one-season birdhouse made from recycled household materials. Written by Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

COFFEE FILTER FRIDGE MAGNETS PreK and up
Making butterflies from coffee filters. From: Sarah Cannington. [read more]

COLORFUL COASTERS PreK - Gr. 5
A great gift idea that makes use of recycled materials found around the home. Written by Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

HANDMADE PAPER all ages
Make your own paper using recycled materials. From Eva D'Amico. [read more]

MAGAZINE MOSAICS PreK - Gr. 8
Using magazines or photos, you can achieve an effect similar to mosaics formed of glass, clay or stone. Written by Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

NAPKIN RINGS K - Gr. 8
Recycle paper towel rolls to make napkin rings. Written by Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

PERSONAL NOTES all ages
Recycling your child's drawings, from Windie. [read more]

PIE PLATE FISH PreK - Gr. 8
The underwater world serves as wonderful inspiration for artists of all ages. Written by Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

PUMPKIN SEED MOSAIC PreK - Gr. 8
Mosaics are made of tiny colored pieces of stone, pottery, glass or other materials, arranged together and set in plaster or cement to make patterns and images. Written by Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

PUZZLE PIECE PICTURE FRAME PreK - Gr. 8
Use up those puzzle pieces and create a unique picture frame. [read more]

TIN PUNCHING Gr 3 - 8
A creative take on a traditional handicraft from Patti Beckman [read more]

TWIG CONSTRUCTION all ages
Children will learn about homes as they design and make a twig and leaf shelter. From Catherine Bamess. [read more]

SCULPTURE

ART TAPE SCULPTURE: 3-D AMUSEMENT PARKS Gr. 3-8
Learn how to show students how to use art tape to create three dimensional sculpture. From Judith Walsh. [read more]

ANIMAL MASKS Gr. 3-8
Carla Fontenot shows us how to lead students through the creation a 3-D animal or mask made of paper. [read more]

ARTQUARIUM Gr. 6-8
Alison Lorion shows us how to create a classroom artquarium! [read more]

ASSEMBLAGES IN THE STYLE OF ARTIST LOUISE NEVELSON Gr. 1-12
Students will discover the art of Louise Nevelson as they enjoy making art out of recycled materials, or "junk". From Nicole Smith. [read more]

BEAN MOSAICS PreK and up
Students will learn about mosaic techniques as they create a mosaic using dried beans and peas. From Kimberly Jensen. [read more]

CLAY - ALL ABOUT CLAY
An important look at this timeless raw material along with some do's and don'ts. Read this before starting any clay projects in your classroom! [read more]

CLAY HEADS Gr. 3 and up
Using armatures, students will create sculptural works using clay that is left to dry naturally in the air. [read more]

CLAY SAND CASTLES PreK and up
Children will develop their sculpture techniques and express their creativity by molding and decorating their own clay sand castles. From Christina Eosco. [read more]

COIL CONTAINERS - POTTERY K and up
Students will learn how to build a container with clay, using coil and slab hand-building techniques. From Lauren Geggus. [read more]

FABRIC ASSEMBLAGE PreK and up
This lesson shows you what you can do with scraps of burlap, canvas and other types of fabric. [read more]

GARGOYLES (FROM COFFEE TRAYS) Gr. 3 and up
This lesson shows you how to making gargoyles out of cardboard coffee take out trays and paper mache pulp. From KinderArt. [read more]

GARGOYLES AND GROTESQUES Gr. 6-8
Learn how to create a gargoyle using self hardening clay. From: Joann Trimarco. [read more]

GIANT STUFFED BIRDS K - Gr. 8
Using a variety of art supplies you can create fabulous soft sculpture with art educator Linda Moucha. [read more]

GUITARS AS SCULPTURE Gr. 6-8
This is a motivating project that incorporates music and history. From Alison J. Lorion. This lesson originated from the Museum of Fine Art in Boston's exhibit of "Dangerous Curves Art of the Guitar". [read more]

HAMBURGER COLLAGE Gr. 3 - 8
Students will make hamburger collages using colored construction paper. Written by Andrea Mulder-Slater [read more]

KHAMSA GOOD LUCK HANDS K and up
Students will learn about the use of symbolism in cultural (Moroccan) art as they learn and use design elements in creating a hand print. From Susan Kimes-Demboski. [read more]

LEAF BY LEAF all ages
This project from Sandi Kovach-Long can be adapted for a wide range of ages and abilities including adults with physical, perceptual and cognitive challenges. [read more]

MAGIC WANDS AND WAND HOLDERS K - Gr. 8
Anitra the Great has a super lesson for your Kinderartists. This activity uses wood, paint and ribbons. [read more]

MARACAS (BALLOONS) K - Gr. 8
Lillian Foxx's maraca making lesson results in the pleasure of discovery and accomplishment. Here learn how to make maracas using balloons and flour paste. [read more]

MARACAS (ORANGES AND PAPER) K - Gr. 8
Learn how to make maracas using oranges, tissue paper and glue. From KinderArt. [read more]

MARACAS (SIMPLE) & SHAKERS PreK - Gr. 8
Maracas were originally made from the dried shells of gourds with beads or beans inside. This lesson shows you how to make maracas using paper cups. [read more]

MARIGOLD SCULPTURES K and up
Students can make marigold sculptures using tin cans, paper and glue. Submitted by: Anitra Redlefsen..[read more]

MEDIA COLLAGE K - Gr.12
With this lesson, your students will learn how to take a close look at print advertising and product packaging. [read more]

PAPERCLAY® FISH ORNAMENTS Gr. 3 and up
Create relief sculpture with an undersea theme. From the Creative PaperClay® Company. [read more]

PAPER RING ART (QUILLING) Gr. 3 and up
Karen Derian shows us how to make lovely designs using strips of paper and glue. [read more]

PEBBLE PICTURES PreK and up
Add another dimension to paintings using pebbles found at the beach. [read more]

PINATAS K and up
Complete instructions on how to make a pinata using balloons and papier mache. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo celebrations! From Wendy Payne. [read more]

PIPE CLEANER SCULPTURE K and up
Learn how to make abstract art with foam and pipe cleaners. From Pat Klingbiel. [read more]

PLASTER AND WIRE MOBILE/SCULPTURE Gr. 3 and up
This is a project in problem solving, balance and creativity by Anitra Redlefsen. [read more]

PLASTER FACE MASK Gr. 3 and up
Learn how to make masks using plaster bandages. From Anitra Redlefsen. [read more]

PLAY DOUGH PreK and up
Students will experiement with homemade play dough. Includes a recipe! From Julie Duell. [read more]

PROPORTION OF THE HUMAN FORM Gr. 3 - 8
Students will appreciate the length and width of the human form as they create human figures in motion using torn paper. From Nancy Scoble. [read more]

PUMPKIN SEED MOSAIC PreK and up
Mosaics are made of tiny colored pieces of stone, pottery, glass or other materials, arranged together and set in plaster or cement to make patterns and images. In this lesson, students use pumpkin seeds and paint to create colorful mosaics. [read more]

RAINSTICKS K and up
Legend has it that the Chilean Indians invented the rainstick to make rainy weather. Make a rainstick using a cardboard carpet tube, nails and sunflower seeds. [read more]

RELIEF FOIL SCULPTURE Gr 6-8
A shining example of what you can do with aluminum foil. From Kimberly Hutts. [read more]

ROCK AND WIRE MOBILE Gr 3 and up
This is a project in problem solving, balance and creativity. From Anitra Redlefsen. [read more]

SCRAP WOOD SCULPTURES K and up
Start with a a box of wood scraps to create a masterpiece. [read more]

SCULPT-A-PLANET Gr 3-8
Make a paper mache planet with your kinderartists. [read more]

STAINED GLASS FOR BEGINNERS Gr 3 and up
This is a tutorial about how to make stained glass creations, including the proper tools and techniques to use. [read more]

STAINED GLASS PAPER SCREEN Gr 3-8
Students will observe the shapes and lines that make up a stained glass window. Then, they will create a paper "stained glass" screen. [read more]

"STAINED GLASS" MASTERPIECE Gr 6-8
Create a found object stained glass piece - without having to cut any glass. From Jamie Bresee. [read more]

STEPPING STONES Gr 3-8
Students will design, transfers design to cement paver, safely cut art-grade glass to shape, create permanent mosaic glass design on cement paver and secure with cement mortar and watersealer. From Deborah Sherl. [read more]

TIN CAN SCULPTURE Gr. 3 - 12
Students will use reusable objects and individual creativity to create wonderful sculpture. Submitted by: Jeanne C. Wolf. [read more]

TISSUE PAPER PAINTING AND SCULPTURE K and up
Students will create sculptural images using tissue paper as paint. [read more]

TOOTHPICK SCULPTURE K - Gr. 8
Students will learn about sculpture as they create with toothpicks and marshmallows. From Judith Walsh. [read more]

        
   
           
   
                 
   




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