Instructional Materials in Art
Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" which focus on specific topics within Art. CLN's
theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources within a
narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information. Students
and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help
them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials
(lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please
read our disclaimer.
Art History Theme Page
Drawing Cartoons Theme Page
General Art Resources
Here are a number of links to other Internet resources which contain information
and/or other links related to Art.
- The information at this site was designed for individual students, however
it is easily adaptable to a classroom setting. Teachers can find ideas for
various projects in the "@rt sparkers" section and tips for demonstrations
in "@rt demos".
- Houghton Mifflin's Education Place Activity Search gives teachers access
to a wide number of K-12 traditional (i.e., not Internet) activities. It is
possible to search for activities by curriculum areas and/or grade levels,
or browse the activities by themes.
- In this two week web quest teaching unit, intermediate students research
the art of the Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian, Kwakiutl, and other tribes of the
Northwest Coast. Starting points for their web research are provided and a
teacher's guide is included.
- This is a meta-list of links to other sites which contain lessons plans,
classroom projects, and interactive activities for elementary teachers of
Lessons from the Smithsonian
- There are a number of lesson plans at this site - some more directly related
to art than others. Check out the lessons on "Landscape Painting: Artists
Who Love the Land" and "Beyond the Frame: Using Art as a Basis for Interdisciplinary
Projects from Barbara's World Tour
- 14 art projects for students from K-12.
- A collection of links to over a dozen sites that have recipes for creating
art/arts&crafts materials. Included are instructions on how to make various
types of clay, paint, dough, dye, putty, goop, etc.
- Arts Partnership for Education (APE): Teacher's Guide
- "APE" is a Florida-based organization offering lesson plans on popular
ballets, operas, symphonies, and visual art. While these were initially designed
for students who could attend these events, most are adapatable.
- Check out their lesson plans, online activites, projects, and other curriculum
- Art lessons organized in a chronological or timeline approach to art history
(Cave, Egyptian, Ancient Greece, African, Renaissance...). Lesson plans include
sections on the concept, objective, vocabulary, materials, procedures and
- Guest professional artists staff an 'ask an expert' service on style, technique
and creative ideas. Also, you can search through their database of web sources
of lesson plans and activities. Unfortunately there does not appear to be
a browse capability; instead you have to come up with your own search terms.
Art Teacher on the Net
- This site presents a variety of resources for the art teacher looking for
teaching ideas. There's an Ask the Art Teacher service and you can also see
ideas/lessons that others have submitted or which are at other web sites.
AskERIC Lesson Plans - Arts:Art Activities
- More than 25 lesson plans covering various grade ranges in K-12.
of the 20th Century
- In this lesson plan, grade 6-12 students use a NY Times article as a starting
point to "explore the many art movements considered to exist in the realm
of 'modernism'. "
- About 20 lesson plans organized under the headings Pencil/Black Pen Drawing,
Adding Colored Marker, Collage, Mixing Paint, and Art History.
and Education: Art Lessons
- Art lessons from Disney on the elements of art using basic art supplies.
- A collection of card and board games organized by subject and grade levels
Crayons and Computers
- Lesson idea and activities for parents and teachers that combine the use
of computers with traditional art tools (e.g., crayons, color markers, glue
and scissors). New subjects/projects are added each month. There are also
instructional lessons for students which include craft projects.
- [The] Cyber Sketchbook and Digital Drawing Board
- This visual arts site has an emphasis on computer generated graphics and
animation but there are also resources for the traditional study of drawing,
painting, and sculpture. There's a collection of about a dozen lesson plans
organized under the four categories of Elements of Design, Principles of Design,
Art History & Appreciation, and Teaching Art with Technology. In addition
to the expected sections on preparation, procedures and required materials,
the lesson plans also include advice on Internet extensions and interdisciplinary
Lesson Collection: Arts
- Select "Arts" on their Lesson Collection Page to find over 50 diverse lesson
plans in this subject.
- Seven visual art/web-based lesson plans plus a teacher's guide from the
Pacific Bell Knowledge Network Explorer project.
- A comprehensive web site on Leonardo da Vinci which includes five lesson
plans for hands-on classroom activities. The four content sections provide
information on Leonardo's futuristic inventions, Renaissance techniques for
drawing perspective, a biography of the man, and his curious habit of writing
- Teachers on the net have submitted their favorite art lessons. You can
submit your own or view what's been collected so far (categorized in broad
- Here's a sixteen hour teaching unit intended for senior high school students.
"No prior knowledge of graphic design is necessary to teach this unit. The
unit begins with analysing graphic design in the world around us and moves
through concepts in graphic design and methods of production. Midway through
the unit, using computers in graphic is emphasized and two assignments are
given for students to work in this area. There are six lessons and three assignments."
- You'll find creative ways to recycle by engaging your students in art projects/activities
that make use of a ready source of inexpensive art supplies - namely your
trash. Be sure to look in their "Previous Art Activities" for an archive of
their suggestions - organized into 10 categories: Drawing, Sculpture, Painting,
Holidays, Printmaking, Fiber Arts, Collage, Marbling, General Information,
Resource Packages (IRPs)
- These Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs) provide some of the basic information
that teachers will require to implement the BC Ministry of Education arts
curricula in 8-12.
- Lesson plans categories include: Artists and Art History, Drawing, Painting,
and craft-type activities. There are also thematic units and early childhood
Kodak Lesson Plans: Art
- More than a dozen lesson plans on various topics within Fine Arts, all
of which use photography in some respect.
How to Draw
- John Hagen, Cowdisley Education Group, offers more than 20 lesson plans
targeted to 9-14 year olds. Each lesson plan requires approximately 40 minutes.
Plans for Technology
- This site has a database of over 200 technology-based lesson plans developed
by Florida educators. Known as T'NT (Technology 'Nformation for Teachers),
the site can be searched by grade level, subject, or key word. Lessons allow
subject area teachers to incorporate technology within business, computing,
fine arts, guidance/health (including safety), language arts, math, science,
and social studies subject areas.
Art and Music
- LETSNet (Learning Exchange for Teachers and Students through the Internet)
is designed to help teachers understand the web and find ways to make effective
use of web resources in the classroom. This link is to their Art lesson plans
section containing several teaching units or student activities.
Lifetime of Color
- Lesson plans can be found in two of this site's sections. "Play Art Games"
has teacher resources covering the site's materials on colours and portraits.
There are several lesson plans under "Teach Art" as well.
Helping Teachers: The Arts
- The Teachers Helping Teachers web site is a collection of lesson plans
submitted by practicing teachers. New lessons are added to a cumulative Arts
file throughout the school year so be prepared for some long downloads.
Ideas for Primary Teachers
- There's a variety of art ideas, activities and worksheets for elementary
students at this site. You'll also find a feature titled "Time-Fillers". This
is a collection of short activities which can be used within a number of subject
areas to fill a few spare moments during the day.
OnLine: Arts, Music, Drama
- This New Zealand teacher's magazine has a number of art lessons.
- Using Lines, Dots and Shapes to Create the Illusion of Texture
- This lesson plan is for grade 7/8 students. Students will learn how to
create the illusion of texture using lines, dots, and shapes. In the culminating
activity, students use pen and ink and one of the techniques introduced in
the lesson to render an animal drawing. Links to worksheets and materials
are provided within the lesson.
Curriculum: Elementary Art Education
- A variety of lessons for elementary students, organized under the topics
of: Elements, Egypt, Greece, Japan, Maya, Native American, Prehistory, and
Artist Directory: Lesson Plans
- Lesson plans/suggested activities organized into two sets by grade level.
Note: The sites listed above will serve as a source of lesson plans in Art. For other resources in Fine Arts (e.g., lesson plans for arts and crafts, dance, or music) or for curricular content and theme pages, click the "previous screen" button below. Or, click here if you wish to return directly to the CLN menu which will give you access to educational resources in all of our subjects.