Apple Basket Still Life

AGE GROUP:  Elementary
Start by discussing how artists draw from their imaginations, but can also draw something they are looking at. Introduce the vocabulary term “still life,” and share examples from a variety of artists.

Colorful Castles

AGE GROUP:  Elementary
In this lesson we will all become Architects because we will be designing a castle. You will have the choice to use realistic or abstract colors on your drawing.

Flower Power

AGE GROUP:  Elementary
Start by discussing primary and secondary colors and ask students to distinguish between the two. You can also talk about color families and have them practice drawing spirals before starting on their project.

STEAM Compass Art

AGE GROUP:  Elementary
Let’s look at circles today. Do you see anything in this classroom that is a circle? Do you know the different ways circles are measured (circumference, radius, diameter, area)? You can also delve into art history and discuss Kandinsky’s Squares with Concentric Circles.

Underwater Scene

AGE GROUP:  Elementary
Start by discussing different ocean habitats. Look at different types of animals and plants and talk about the colors and shapes that comprise the image.

Sumi-e Ink Animals

AGE GROUP:  Elementary
Intrigue students by showing them the first step of an animal—the gray reduction that is not yet recognizable. Then show the next steps until they say “It’s a ___!”

Starry Night

AGE GROUP:  Elementary
Have students look at the painting, “The Starry Night.” Notice how the stars and sky are swirly. What are the main colors in his painting?

How My Garden Grows

AGE GROUP:  Elementary
Ask students to name different kinds of flowers: daisies, roses, sunflowers, tulips, lilies, dandelions, etc. To include a science element into the lesson, discuss with students how insects use flowers.


AGE GROUP:  Elementary
Ask students about the different kinds of bugs they've come across while outdoors. How large are the bugs? What shapes and sizes were they?

Animals in the Wild

AGE GROUP:  Middle School
Discuss different animals from various geographical areas. Have them choose animals that are protected, extinct animals, arctic animals or whatever animals they are interested in.