Art Lesson Plans
Are you looking for a “grab and go” hands-on art activity? Are you interested in teaching your students about the elements of art and the principles of design? Or are you looking for a special seasonal project? What about a way to connect with our rich Adventist heritage? If so, take a look below.
Elements of Art & Principles of Design
Help your students understand and appreciate the rich, providential beginnings of the Seventh-day Adventist church so they can fully embrace its promising missional future. Art provides a fertile soil where those sentiments can take root and flourish.
How has the art and science of cartography changed over time and impacted travel?
Students will create a world map that highlights the movements of Ellen White and her family during her ministry.
The Beasts of Daniel
How does an artist use symbolism to communicate ideas?
Students will recognize the value of symbolism in both the Bible and in art.
How can art illustrate the dramatic contrast between light and dark?
Students will be exposed to the art of stained glass and its purpose.
How was marbled paper used in early Adventist literature and other literature of that time period?
Students will learn the technique to produce marbled paper.
Not So Serious
How have photos of individuals and groups of people changed over time and why?
Students will demonstrate an appreciation for early Adventist pioneers in spite of their “serious” photos by relating positive narratives of those pioneers.
Patterns of the Pioneers
What can we learn about the time period of the Adventist pioneers by studying the home decor?
Students will create a diorama of the interior of a room using textured rubbings for wallpaper and other decor.
The Vision of the Runaway Train
Can a dynamic Ellen White vision be translated into a visual form? How would you illustrate a vision of Ellen White showing the art principles of emphasis and movement?
Students will create an illustration displaying movement and emphasis.
Enhancing Your Art Program Using the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design
The elements of art and the principles of design are utilized by the art teacher as the building blocks that a student will use to create an artistic piece. Think of the elements of art as the parts that make up a drawing, painting, design, etc. All works of art will contain most, if not all, of the elements of art. Think of the principles of design as what we do with the elements of art. How we use the principles of design will determine how successful we are in creating a work of art. At the elementary level, teachers mainly focus on the elements of art.
Below you will find the elements of art followed by the principles of design, definitions, links to their use in examples of artwork, and links to websites with a correlating lesson. The multigrade teacher will vary the level of difficulty to fit the individual student’s grade and/or ability level.
Elements of Art
The continuous mark in a work of art that is made by a pointed tool like a brush, pencil etc.
An (organic or geometric) outlined area that has length, width, and is two dimensional.
Three-dimensional objects that can be viewed from any side; taking up volume and space. Such as a cube, sphere or cylinder.
Considered the most dominant element. Color is created by light reflecting off an object and has three properties: Hue (name,) Value (shades and tints,) and Intensity (brightness.)
The way a surface or object actually feels or appears to feel.
Creates the illusion of depth on a flat surface. It can be two-dimensional, three-dimensional, positive or negative.
The quality of lightness or darkness of a color seen in a work of art. Value contrast is the difference between the values.
Principles of Design
Balance is referred to as symmetrical, asymmetrical, or radial. It is the distribution of visual weight on either side of the vertical axis. Symmetrical balance is the same on both sides (equal weight). Asymmetrical balance has different features that are equally weighted; so it looks balanced despite a lack of symmetry. Radial balance is based on a circle with its design extending from the center (a wheel with spokes, or a star)
Arrangements of opposite elements (light vs. dark, smooth vs. rough, small vs. large, etc.) in a composition used to create visual interest.
Used to make certain parts of a composition stand out. It is the focal point or center of interest that an artist uses to draw the viewer’s eye to that location first.
The path the viewer’s eye moves through a composition—leading attention from one aspect of the work to another. It can be used to create the illusion of action.
The repetition of certain visual elements like shape or form. It can be used to organize the surface in a consistent manner.
RHYTHM & REPETITION
The use of the regular repetition within a compositions elements used to create cohesiveness and interest.
UNITY & HARMONY
A visually pleasing connection among all aspects of a design. It gives you the thought that everything in the composition fits together.
PROPORTION & SCALE
The size relationship between the individual parts and the whole or the size relationship of the individual parts to one another. Scale is used to relate the size of an object to a constant or common, well-known object in the composition, such as a human figure.
As fall, winter, and spring roll around bringing with them the sights, sounds, and smells unique to each one, teachers often find themselves wanting to incorporate some of those elements into the classroom routine. Here you will find teacher-friendly art projects that will allow you to do just that. Take a look.
Fall Leaves - Warm Color Tones
Tissue Paper Leaves - Silhouettes
Tree Line Drawings - Line & Collage
Ceramic Leaf Bowls - Sculpture
Autumn Leaf - Scratch Art
Fall Banners - Line & Warm Colors
Fall Reflections - Monoprints
Tissue Paper Fall Tree - Crepe Paper
Autumn Sunflower - Oil Pastels
Leaf Tessellation - Tangrams
Owl Babies - Sponge Painting
Pony Bead Indian Corn - Beadwork
Birch Winter Trees - Perspective
Collage Animal Faces -
Cool & Warm Colors
Winter Paintings - Tints
Aurora Borealis -
Owl Moon Texture - Literature Based
Winter Landscapes - Foreground, Middle Ground, Background
March of the Penguins - Foreground
Cardinals in the Snow - Overlap
Winter Landscapes - Perspective
Black & White Chalk Polar Bear - Highlighting
Snowy Owl Alternative Painting - Texture
Poinsettia Prints - Overlap
Spring Has Sprung - Three Dimensional
A Rustic Jar of Daisies -
Reflection, Implied Texture
Camping Under the Night Sky -
Cool Colors, Background
A Spring Tree Path - Perspective
Zentangle Flowers - Line
Art Cards Dog Project - Portraiture
Torn Paper Painting - Collage
Watercolor Resist Tropical Fish - Resist
Kandinsky Tree Collage -
Warm Colors, Shapes
Metal Tooling - Visual Texture
Textures on Umbrella - Patterns, Shapes
Paint Chip Mosaic - Patterns, Shapes
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Students will learn the many applications of lenses and the instruments that use them. They will understand the effects of refraction when light passes through a medium more dense than air and how it results in the properties of lenses. They will also become familiar with the properties of converging lenses and will investigate the formation of an image produced by a converging lens. The unit is targeted for high school, but may be adapted for other grades.
Introduction to Impressionism
Have you tried to make a realistic painting and been frustrated? Set up some acrylic paints and become an impressionist. Impressionism allows you to paint the “sense” of something instead of a photographic reproduction. All ages can experience satisfying successes as they paint in the style of Monet and his fellow Impressionists.