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.

Crazy Quilts Note Cards

Using Crazy Quilts as inspiration, students will create note cards with a variety of adhesive backed papers. The overall design will appear random with overlapping pieces of adhesive papers and drawing marks for embellishment.

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.

Stained Glass

Students will learn the basic steps of creating a stained glass panel (including glass cutting, copper foiling, assembly, soldering, and finishing), practice accuracy and precision in the assembly of a stained glass panel, and practice safe work habits in the classroom.

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.

Figure Mosaics

Students will be introduced to the art of mosaics and to the basic human figure; create a figure mosaic, gaining experience using pattern, repetition, and variety; and experience working in a “team” setting.

Mod Podge® Head Collage

Students will create a collage using their imagination and creativity, cut out shapes and experiment with their placement, and work with a variety of shapes, surfaces, etc.

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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