Artworks Lesson Plans Bring Creativity to the Classroom


Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
― Thomas Merton, No Man is an Island

Teaching art is so much more than brush to canvas or colored pencil to paper. It is a world that can be creative and confusing at the same time. Nasco’s Arts & Crafts catalog has created a series of free Artworks Lesson Plans to bring new and wonderful experiences to art classes of all ages. Almost all conform to National Core Art Standards.

Here are just a few:

Blind Contouring Optical Art Lesson Plan

Students will understand and apply techniques necessary to develop a composition, including a blind contour drawing with an optical art-drawn background.

Copper Etching

Students will be able to state the correct order and progression of the steps of etching, explain what a “resist” is and what an “etch” is and how they are used in the etching process, use proper technique and follow the correct progression of the process in order to complete a properly etched, detailed design, and more.

Engraving Art Portraits

Students will use compositional skills to make a sketch, learn the importance of doing a self-portrait and how to combine di­fferent mediums to create a “set” of works, and draw a successful negative image by doing a scratchboard self-portrait that combines drawing skills and pattern making.

Mosaic Masks

Students will be introduced to the history of mosaics,  create a mosaic mask, and gain experience using color, pattern, texture, and variety to create unity.

Art Historian Fashion Statement

Students will gain appreciation of a famous artist of their choice, design an imitation, learn how to create dynamic representation of the artwork using diluted acrylic paint, and use fabric paint to embellish final touches.

Recycled Bead Mosaics 

Students will study the artist Stephan Wanger. learn about the history of New Orleans Mardi Gras, understand the importance of recycling, and create a mosaic made of recycled beads.

Create Your Own Terra Cotta Warrior of the Qin Dynasty

Students will incorporate history, aesthetics, criticism, and personal expression; utilize ceramic sculptural techniques to create a three-dimensional clay warrior sculpture while reinforcing basic vocabulary associated with clay, and encourage good craftsmanship and work habits.

Pop Art Collage

Students will research pop art and artists known for this style, implement the use of color and design, and use acrylic paint and mediums to create a multi-media collage.

Mexican Bark Painting…Tree of Life

Students will learn how Amate Bark Paintings were created in the pre-Columbian Mesoamerican period and how they relate to Latin American culture, and produce a visual representation of an Amate Bark Painting using similar colors, symbols, and subject matter.

Papier-Mâché Creature

Students will utilize form, texture, and color to create a three-dimensional papier-mâché sculpture, recycle materials to form,  and create an original papier-mâché creature.

3-D Georgia O’Keeffe Flower Pins 

Students will technically be able to manipulate Sculpey® Clay and use their fine motor skills, create a three-dimensional pin in the style of O’Keeffe by choosing their own flower and reproducing its characteristics, become aware of features unique to individual flowers, view and discuss Georgia O’Keeffe’s flower paintings, and understand how art, art history, and science can be integrated.


All free lesson plans contain objectives, instructions, pictures, and materials lists.

Many of the plans extend over multiple class periods, giving students time to understand and create their own masterpieces. Also, these plans are created by those invested in the arts: teachers, art directors, and artists from all creative branches.

Visit our Arts & Crafts webpage and find dozens more Artworks Lesson Plans for you, your students, and your world.








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