FREE High School and Middle School ART LESSON PLANS
Art Lesson Plans For Beginning Artists- Level One High School
Color Theory Art Lesson Plan
Students are exposed to color theory by creating a painting using tempera paint that is sectioned according to specific color themes.
Clay Figures Sculpture Lesson
Students construct a clay figure using "scoring a slipping". A challenging assignment that requires developing the clay in various stages.
Students create gesture drawings from live models, then work from photos to create a proportional figure drawing with oil pastels.
Lichtenstein Pics Drawing Lesson
After learning about artist, Roy Lichtenstein, students create their own Pop Art drawing using oil pastels, working from newspaper comic clippings.
Magazine Cover Design Lesson Plan
Students work as illustrators to create a magazine cover of their choosing. Fonts must be matched and the cover is required to be completely original.
Highlight Rendering Drawing Lesson Plan
Students work from a still life to create a charcoal drawing that has a full range of value. The surface is completely covered with charcoal and highlights are erased out.
Pastel Landscape Lesson
Students create a landscape using soft pastels, approaching the work using an ordered approach of layering the background, middle ground, and foreground.
Art Lesson Plans for Intermediate Artists- Level Two or Three High School
Art Lesson Plans for Advanced Students- Level Four or Advanced Placement
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Line - The Ultimate Lesson Plan
Students will use their knowledge of line, line quality, and cross contour lines to create a finished line drawing using graphite and pen and ink. 8 Presentation slides, 3 Videos, 3 Handouts
Shape - The Ultimate Lesson Plan
Students will use their knowledge of positive and negative shapes to create an ink drawing that focuses only on positive and negative shapes of a still life.
Students will draw 5 hands from direct observation using simple shapes on white drawing paper with soft graphite pencils. 14 Presentation slides, 3 Videos, 4 Handouts
Form - The Ultimate Lesson Plan
Students will use their knowledge of shadow structure on objects to draw various forms and label shadow structure on them. 13 Presentation slides, 3 Videos, 4 Handouts
Value - The Ultimate Lesson Plan
Students will use their knowledge of value to draw an egg from observation on white drawing paper using soft graphite. The focus should be to create an accurate rendering of the egg using smooth gradations of value in order to create the illusion of form and light source.
Students will create a “highlight rendering” of a spotlit still life using vine charcoal, compressed black charcoal, and a kneaded eraser. Students should demonstrate an understanding of the full use of value in a drawing in order to create the illusion of form and light source. 13 Presentation slides, 3 Videos, 5 Handouts
Space - The Ultimate Lesson Plan
Students will use their knowledge of linear perspective to create a 3-D maze using graphite and white drawing paper. 29 Presentation slides, 3 Videos, 11 Handouts
Texture - The Ultimate Lesson Plan
Students will arrange 3 – 5 paper bags in order to draw them from observation. (Students may photograph the arrangement to help remember the arrangement.) Students will draw the bags from observation concentrating on creating the illusion of accurate texture through the use of value. 10 Presentation slides, 2 Videos, 3 Handouts
Color Theory - The Ultimate Lesson Plan
Students will practice mixing colors and handling tempera paint by painting the “Activity Worksheets”. Students will use their knowledge of color theory to paint an object from multiple angles using 3 different color schemes. 29 Presentation slides, 1 Videos, 8 Handouts
Pastel Landscapes - The Ultimate Lesson Plan
Students will use soft and/or hard pastels to create a pastel landscape drawing of place with some personal significance to themselves. 18 Presentation slides, 3 Videos, 3 Handouts
Figure Drawing - The Ultimate Lesson Plan
Students will create a series of gesture drawings from observation using soft graphite pencils on newsprint paper. Students will use the knowledge gained from warm up activities to create a completed figure drawing with oil pastels. 23 Presentation slides, 3 Videos, 3 Handouts
Clay Figures - The Ultimate Lesson Plan
Students will create small clay figures out of white or red earthenware. (If a kiln is not available, Air Dry Clay can be substituted) Students will work the clay in both the “wet” and “leather-hard” stages to create sculptures that support themselves. 9 Presentation slides, 2 Videos, 3 Handouts
The Ultimate Lesson Plan
The focus on these units is on the core concepts to producing quality artwork. These lessons are designed to emphasize the fundamentals of art by providing students with a rich multimedia experience followed by an art production activity that reinforces concepts. The Ultimate Lesson Plan is available to members. Learn More about Membership
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