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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.

@rt Room Doorway
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".

Activity Search: Art
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.

Art For Sale
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.

Art Lesson Plans
This is a meta-list of links to other sites which contain lessons plans, classroom projects, and interactive activities for elementary teachers of Art.

Art 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 Learning".

Art Projects from Barbara's World Tour
14 art projects for students from K-12.

Art Recipes
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 resources.

Art Takes Time
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 evaluation.

[The] Art Teacher
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.

"Avant-Garde"ians 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'. "

Basic Art Lessons
About 20 lesson plans organized under the headings Pencil/Black Pen Drawing, Adding Colored Marker, Collage, Mixing Paint, and Art History.

Business and Education: Art Lessons
Art lessons from Disney on the elements of art using basic art supplies.

Cardboard Cognition
A collection of card and board games organized by subject and grade levels (K-College).

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 application.

Encarta Lesson Collection: Arts
Select "Arts" on their Lesson Collection Page to find over 50 diverse lesson plans in this subject.

Eyes on Art
Seven visual art/web-based lesson plans plus a teacher's guide from the Pacific Bell Knowledge Network Explorer project.

Exploring Leonardo
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 in reverse.

Favorite Lessons
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 grade levels).

Graphic Design
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."

[The] Imagination Factory
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, and Crafts.

Integrated 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 activities.

Kodak Lesson Plans: Art
More than a dozen lesson plans on various topics within Fine Arts, all of which use photography in some respect.

Learning 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.

Lesson 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.

LETSNet: 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.

[A] 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.

Teachers 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.

Teaching 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.

Teaching 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.

Virtual 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 Principles.

World Artist Directory: Lesson Plans
Lesson plans/suggested activities organized into two sets by grade level.

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