Art Lesson Plans and Resources

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Check out the sites listed below for K-12 art lesson plans and resources.

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Art Lesson Plans
The Kennedy Center
A searchable index of lesson plans and activities. see also their Lessons and Activities.

All Curricula at the Getty
A list of units and lesson plans available from the J. Paul Getty Museum.

AMACO Lesson Plans
Many ceramic, glass, and craft lesson plans from AMACO Products.

Lessons and Activities
From the National Gallery of Art. Search by grade level.  

Edsitement Art and Culture
High quality lesson plans for a variety of arts from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Use the subject index on the left side of the page to find lesson plans for painting and sculpture.

Art History Teaching Resources
Lesson plans,book reviews, image clusters, classroom and museum activities, etc.

Core Knowledge - Visual Arts
"A work in progress." Curriculum materials will be available soon.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery Lesson Plans
Many high-quality lessons.

K-12art  lessons by medium or technique.

Art Online Lesson Plans
A large number of lesson plans from the Illinois State Museum

Incredible Art Department
Recently overhauled, with a large selection of lessons organized by grade level.

Resources for Teachers
Art lesson plans from the College of Education, University of Houston.

Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute
An incredible number of curriculum units in a variety of subject areas. This link takes you to  the alphabetical index.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts Lesson Plans
Art lesson plans organized by topic. Lessons cover such topics as modern art, African art, and ancient Egyptian art.

Color Theory
A 10-day lesson plan for Art 1. See also Edible Color Wheels.

Crayola For Educators
Information about and lesson plans using crayons. Use the scroll-down menu to find the lesson plans.

Aunt Annie's Crafts
Many ideas for crafts projects, including seasonal and holiday suggestions.

Critical thinking and art with The Snowy Day
A 1st-grade lesson plan using this book by Ezra Jack Keats.

Chinese Calligraphy & Ink painting
A lesson plan from The Kennedy Center.

Adjective Monster
A k-4 lesson plan integrating visual art and the language arts.

Watercolor Technique Butterflies
A lesson plan fo  the primary grades. See also Sailboat and Seascapes Water Color and Water Color Music Exploration.

Artist Spotlight WebQuest
For middle school students.

The Art of Baseball
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from The Kennedy Center.

1,000 Cranes Lesson Plan
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 involving Japanese Oragami.

Ancient Rockin' Chalk Murals
A 4th-grade lesson plan integrating art and science.

Make Yor Own Petroglyph!
An activity from the Exp;oratorium.

Asian Influences on European Art
Elementary and middle grade lesson plans.

The Folks of Folk Art
A middle school unit complete with background information and 4 lesson plans.

Islamic Foil Art
This art activity, which is appropriate for many grade levels, may be just what you need for your multidisciplinary unit on Islam. 

Visual Patterns in Tessellation
A lesson plan allowing
students to examine the mathematical nature of art, tilings, and tessellations.

Decades Mural Project
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from The Kennedy Center.

Romare Bearden Collage
A 7th-gtade lesson plan on the work of African American artist Romare Bearden. See also Romare Bearden Jazz Collage.

Exploring the Uses of Art through Latino Murals
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 from LA Youth.

Emotion in Art and Poetry
A multidisciplinary lesson plan for elementary and middle school.   

Hands in Art
Several lesson ideas for middle and high school students.

Color in 3-D: A Nature Design Project
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 in which students create a two-dimensional design using two aspects of Hans Hoffmann's art.

A Study of Van Gogh's "The Starry Night" 
A 7th-grade unit involving discussion and painting. See also Make Monet, Monet! and
Picasso: Artist Extraordinaire for other lesson plans from this source.

Picasso: The Early Years, 1892-1906: Teachers' Guide
Three lesson plans for middle and high school grades.  

Landscape Painting: Artists Who Love the Land
Two lesson plans for the middle grades and above from Smithsonian Education.

Frida Kahlo
A teacher's guide from PBS with high school lesson plans.

Ceramics: A Vessel into History
A unit for a high school ceramics course with a studio emphasis.

Joan Miro and Suurealism
A lesson plan for grades 9-12.

Still-Life Painting: Arranging Art
Four lesson plans for grades 9-12.

Looking and Learning at an Art Museum
Lesson plans for grades 6-12.

Neoclassicism and the Enlightenment  
A curriculum for the middle and high school grades.

Photographing America: A Cultural History, 1840-1970
Ten curriculum units!

Representation of American Culture, 1769 -1969: Art and Literature
Ten more curriculum units.

Racism, Gender, Ethnicity, and Aesthetics in the Art of Graffiti
A high school unit.

Shaping Ideas: Symbolism in Culture
Three lesson plans for grades 9-12.

Impressionism: Reflections of a Culture
A high school unit created to complement the French curriculum.


Art Resources
An excellent source of information and links to sites about artists and their works.

Glossary of Art Terms
See also Art Glossary.

Artist Directory
Search by country. See also World Art Directory.

Art Museums Worldwide
From Artcyclopedia.

Art Museum Links
From Art.Net.

Smithsonian American Art Museum
See their Online exhibits.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York.

National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.

Explore the Collection  
Site allows you to view images of all works on display at the Getty Museum.

Art Institute of Chicago
See their collections and exhibitions.

Los Angeles County Art Museum
The largest art museum in the Western U.S.

Walker Art Center

Dick Blick Art Materials
Excellent online source for art supplies.

A. Pintura Art Detective
On-line art history adventure for kids.

Art History for Kids
Online art history activities for kids.

The Art History Archive
A fabulous resource.

Art History Resources
List of and links to resources on the web.

Eyes on Art
On-line art activities including elements of design, eras of art, and the works of unknown artists. Click on Artspeak 101 for the visual glossary/elements of design. A wonderful site!!

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