ELEMENTARY LEVEL LESSON PLANS

Kindergarten – Klimt’s Cats

Students will be introduced to the artwork of Gustav Klimt, particularly focusing on his love of cats and his artistic style utilizing shapes and patterns to fill up large areas of his work.  Students will also continue to build basic skill sets by using art tools such as scissors, glue, paint, paintbrushes, and oil pastels.

download full lesson plan:  Klimt’s Cats

download handouts:  How to Draw a Cat (1-4) and   How to Draw a Cat’s Face

First Grade – Venetian Masks

Students will learn about the historical and cultural significance and tradition surrounding Venetian masks.  Following these same traditions they will create their own Venetian inspired paper maché masks.

download full lesson plan:  Venetian Masks

download handout:  Mask Worksheet

download image of a pattern game idea:  Pattern Game

Second Grade – Recycled Skeletons

Students will acquire basic understanding of the human anatomy in regards to skeleton and bone structure.  Students will practice using a quick basic shape and line gesture drawing of a real life object and/or image.  Students will learn that using recycled material in art is a great way to help the environment and make aesthetically pleasing works of art.

download full lesson plan:  Recycled Skeletons

Third Grade – Skull Maracas

The students will learn the historical and cultural significance of Dia de los Muertos.  Using clay and the pinch pot technique, students will create skull maracas in the style and spirit of the Mexican Day of the Dead painted skulls.  Using clay tools and watercolor paint they will utilize texture and pattern to create their Day of the Dead inspired designs.

download full lesson plan:  Skull Maracas

Fourth Grade – Klimt Trees

Students will learn about and discuss the artwork of Gustav Klimt with a focus on his piece entitled “Tree of Life”. Utilizing line variation, color, stylized forms, symbols and a variety of media, students will create their own “Tree of Life”.  This lesson will not only instruct the students on the work of an influential artist, but also teach them how to pay homage to past artists through their own artwork.  They will also come up with a symbol that represents some aspect of who they are and incorporate it into their image.

download full lesson plan:  Klimt Trees

SECONDARY LEVEL LESSON PLANS

Studio Art II – grades 10-12 – Painting Using Color Schemes

Students will gain knowledge of basic color theory including five different color schemes, the color wheel, and relevant vocabulary.  Students will also learn how to utilize this knowledge to create artwork by choosing an image from a magazine to paint.  The image will then be made black and white and students will translate a section of the grayscale image into their chosen color scheme.   Students will also learn basic painting techniques in order to assist them in successfully articulating their image onto the canvas.

download full lesson plan:  Painting Using Color Schemes

download handout/rubric:  Painting Color Schemes Handout

download student self-assessment rubric:  Self-Assessment Handout

download powerpoints:  Color Theory and Matisse and  Color Schemes Review

AP Studio Art – grades 11-12 – Visual Music: Drawing, Collage, and Transfer

Students will create a collage using a combination of drawing and transferred images.  The collage is intended to capture the feeling and imagery of a song they’ve selected to depict.  Using pencil, marker, or pen and ink to draw an interesting and creative image inspired by the lyrics of the song, they will then use the drawing as the basis for their collage and add multiple layers by incorporating patterned papers, images found in magazines or online with Xylol transferred images on top.  Students should focus on the overall layout and images they choose.  The layers are meant to add interest not confusion to the piece, giving the viewer a chance to explore various aspects of the image they’ve created – their own visual music.

download full lesson plan:  Visual Music: Drawing, Collage, and Transfer

download handout/rubric:  Visual Music Handout

download powerpoint:  Collage as an Art Form

Art Major Honors – grades 10-12 – Mixing and Matching Color

Students will expand on their knowledge of basic color theory including five different color schemes, the color wheel, and relevant vocabulary.  Students will also learn how to utilize this knowledge to create artwork by choosing an image from a magazine to paint.  They will select a portion to paint in the actual colors of the image and the rest will be translated into a color scheme of their choice.  Students will still need to pay careful attention to maintaining the correct values although they are changing the color.  Students will also learn basic painting techniques in order to assist them in successfully articulating their image onto the canvas.

download full lesson plan:  Mixing and Matching Color

download handout/rubric:  Mixing and Matching Color Handout

download powerpoint:  Color Schemes and Emotion

AP Art History – grades 11-12

Art of the Americas: Indigenous People of North, South, and Central America

An overview history study of the art of the indigenous peoples of North, South, and Mesoamerica before the year 1300 CE.  This includes but is not limited to the Mayas, the Olmecs, and many other cultures living during the Preclassic, Classic, and Post-Classic periods.

download image list/syllabus:  Art of the Americas Image List

download powerpoint:  Art of the Americas Powerpoint

download teacher lecture notes:  Art of the Americas Notes

Art of India: After 1200 CE

An overview study of the art of India after the year 1200 CE with an emphasis on the mixture of modern and recent traditions in late Indian art.  Also includes a look at the artwork of a famous Contemporary Indian painter, Bikash Bhattacharjee, who is credited with bringing realism to Modern Indian art.  Includes an in-class activity based off the art of Kolam (sand painting) native to the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

download image list/syllabus:  Late Indian Art Image List

download powerpoint:  Late Indian Art Powerpoint

download teacher lecture notes:  Later Indian Art Notes

download handouts for Kolam activity:  Indian Symbols and Kolam Worksheet

download examples of Kolam activity:  Kolam Activity Examples

Modern African Art

An overview study of the art of Modern Africa including 19th century cave paintings, African masks and sculpture.  Also inclues work from Contemporary artists, such as Willie Bester, whose art addresses issues of the injustice of the Apartheid in South Africa.

download image list/syllabus:  Modern African Art Image List

download powerpoint:  Modern African Art Powerpoint

download teacher lecture notes:  Modern African Art Notes

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