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High School Art Lessons (Gr. 9-12/Age 14+)


We've gathered and listed all of our High School (Secondary School) art lesson plans below. These activities are best suited for Grades 9-12 - or - ages 14 and up years. However, grade levels are given as a guideline only. Lessons are always adaptable. Find other age/grade groups HERE. To view lesson plans by medium or discipline (painting, drawing, printmaking, etc.) visit HERE.

CROSS CURRICULUM

BE A CURATOR - HAVE AN ART SHOW all ages
An art curator is someone who works in a gallery or museum and is in charge of building art collections, researching art information, writing about art and placing artwork within gallery spaces. [read more]

BULLETIN BOARDS all ages
A growing list of ideas (many of them art themed) for you to use in your classroom. [read more]


CREATING THE MOOD OF CREATIVITY all ages
Whether you are an art-on-a-cart instructor or a classroom teacher, here are a few simple extras that will allow you to utilize your environment to the creative max! Submitted by: Nifodora Krumrie. [read more]

TILE MURALS (HISTORY IN THE PAINTING) all ages
Add character to your school or home while your kinderartists start to think about art history. By: Elizabeth Basa. [read more]

HAIKU STRAW PAINTING K and up
Students will learn about haiku poetry, have the experience of writing a haiku and then make an ink painting to enhance the haiku. From Carole Rathfon. [read more]

NINE EASY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS TO MAKE all ages
Make one or all of these fun and easy musical instruments to encourage play and creativity. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

CHINESE GONG K and up
A gong is an East and South East Asian musical percussion instrument that takes the form of a flat metal disc which is hit with a mallet. Find out how to make one using simple, household materials. From: Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou. [read more]

JINGLE BELLS K and up
Throughout time people have loved the sound of bells that jingle. Here are some ideas for making your own jingle bells. From: Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou. [read more]

MARACAS (RECYCLED MATERIALS) Pre-K and up
Maracas are one of the simplest instruments to play for young children or the beginning musician. They are essentially rattles with handles. Find out how to make maracas out of bottles and toilet paper rolls. From: Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou. [read more]

OCEAN DRUM PreK and up
An ocean drum is filled with small round objects that, when tilted back and forth, sound remarkably like the waves at the seashore. Find out how to make an ocean drum here. From: Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou. [read more]

SISTRUM K and up
A sistrum is a hand-held percussion instrument that dates back to Ancient Egypt. Make your own with items from around the house. From: Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou. [read more]

STICKER SHAKERE Pre-K and up
A shakere is a beautiful musical instrument made from a dried gourd that is shaken, tossed or moved from hand to hand creating wonderful rhythms and songs. Find out how to make one using a recycled milk carton. From: Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou. [read more]

EDUCATIONAL ICEBREAKERS all ages
Help us build a list of icebreakers for back to school. Look at our list so far and share your ideas too! [read more]

ART HISTORY

ART APPRECIATION: HOW ARTISTS SEE Gr K-12
Sponsored by Abbeville Press. The twelve-volume How Artists See series is a wonderful introduction for kids to the world of art and to the observation of their world. Each volume presents sixteen diverse works of art devoted to a subject familiar to every child through personal experience. Click here to view exerpts from each of the books written by Colleen Carroll. [read more]

COW PARADE Gr 6-12
This lesson challenges students to decorate cow cutouts in the style of great artists. Inspired by Cow Parade in Kansas City. From art educator Mary Love. [read more]

EGYPT: EGYPTIAN BOOK OF THE DEAD Gr 6-12
Learn about Ancient Egypt and make a Book of the Dead with Charlotte Broxon. [read more]

MINOAN POTTERY - AN ARTICLE
An article about Minoan Pottery. By Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

MUNCH, EDVARD: THINGS THAT MAKE US WANT TO SCREAM Gr 6-12
Students will learn about the artist Edvard Munch and his famous painting The Scream. From Tracy Green. [read more]

O'KEEFFE, GEORGIA: FLOWERS GALORE PreK-12
Drawing and painting magnified flowers. From Beth Elzinga. [read more]

POLLOCK, JACKSON: DRIPPING PAINT - ACTION PAINTING Pre-K and up
Students will be directed to observe the lines and shapes that make up an action painting. [read more]

SEURAT, GEORGES: Q-TIP® POINTILLISM Gr 3-12
S.Klein shares a great technique students can use to reproduce the look of a Georges Seurat pointilism painting. [read more]

CRAFTS

BUBBLE FRAME All Ages
Here's a fun and creative way to frame one of those classic bubble bath shots! Grab some old puzzle pieces, paint and some craft gems and you are on your way. These easy and personalized frames make wonderful gifts for relatives.

BUG VILLAGE K and up
All you need for this craft are a few sticks, some acorn tops, rocks, and imagination! From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

CLOTHESPIN MAGNETS all ages
Amanda Formaro shows you how to create treasure from trash. [read more]

CRAFT STICK TREES all ages
This simple craft is a great way to celebrate the coming of fall, even for the younger set. No patterns are required, just sticks, foam or felt and a little imagination. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

COFFEE FILTER BUTTERFLIES Pre-K and up
Angela Hopkins shares a terrific butterfly making lesson for the little ones using coffee filters. [read more]

FALL LEAVES T-SHIRT all ages
This adorable shirt can be made for either a boy or a girl. So colorful and vibrant they are definitely going to love it! From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

FLOWER POWER JEWEL BOX Gr. 3 and up
This adorable box is all "girl" with its flower motif and fun fur lining. Find out how to make it with Amanda Formaro. [read more]

FRIENDSHIP PINS Gr. 3 and up
This is a tried and true craft which is great to give to and trade with friends and family. From Maria Lillard. [read more]

JELLYBEAN SWEET JAR all ages
A sweet gift idea! From Craftbits. [read more]

MILK CARTON PENCIL HOLDER Gr. 3 and up
Micky Carline shows you how to create a one-of-a-kind pencil holder using an old milk carton and some magazines. [read more]

PAPER QUILLING Gr. 3 and up
Students will learn about paper quilling and the art of rolled paper. From Mary Breveleri. [read more]

PAPER BAG TREES all ages
Grab a brown paper lunch bag and some colored tissue paper to make this easy and fun tree that appears to be blowing in the wind. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

PHOTO CARD all ages
Grab some construction paper or card stock, a photo and some glue and make this adorable little card.From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

PLUSH PAINT PAIL PALS all ages
When your kids have finished off the paint in those little plastic containers, what do you do with them? How about making these darling little magnets! From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

SAND JARS all ages
Linda Otis-Gutman shows us how to make colorful sculptures. [read more]

SKETCHBOOKS! MAKE YOUR OWN Gr. 3 and up
A great way to start the new year is to encourage your students to create a place for all of their clever creations. [read more]

WASTE NOT PICTURE FRAMES all ages
These easy and personalized frames make wonderful gifts for relatives. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

WASTE NOT SNOWMAN all ages
There are plenty of crafts you can make from items found around the house, or even those headed for the garbage can. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

DRAMA

BEAN BAG K and up
This exercise demonstrates to the children how important it is to project their voices. From Connor Snyder. [read more]

COSTUME DESIGNING - WATER, WATER, WATER Gr 9 and up
Aldona Kaczmarczyk-Kolucka shares some great ideas for creating costumes using recycled materials. [read more]

MIRROR EXERCISE K and up
This drama exercise promotes inventiveness, clowning, and timing. From Connor Snyder. [read more]

PANTOMIME K and up
This drama exercise helps children learn to communicate without words. From Connor Snyder. [read more]

DRAWING

A UNIQUE DRAWING EXPERIENCE all ages
Students (and teacher) will see how with just one set of directions, everyone in the classroom will come up with very unique works of abstract art. [read more]

BEAUTIFUL NUMBERS K and up
This art activity focuses on the shapes of numbers. A good tie-in to math for younger students. [read more]

BLIND CONTOUR DRAWING K and up
Contour drawing is an excellent way to train the eye to draw what it really sees rather than what it thinks it sees. [read more]

CHALK AND STRING DESIGNS Gr. 3 - 12
Learn how to create wonderful works of art using string and chalk pastels. From Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

CLASSIC STILL LIFE DRAWING Gr. 3-12
Roberta Scrivener introduces students to a classic method of drawing, on toned paper with charcoal or black pencil, heightened with white. [read more]

CONTOUR DRAWING K and up
This is awonderful mini lesson which shoes students how to create a contour drawing. Written by Robert Beeching. [read more]

FACE STUDY (Draw the Other Half) Gr. 3-12
This lesson will help students see and understand correct facial placement. From Katie Haase. [read more]

MAT BOARD MASTERPIECES Gr. 6 and up
Ever wonder what to do with those saved mat board scraps (or other art papers that you've saved but don’t know what to do with)? Use them as innovative and colorful art backgrounds. Go "green" and reuse odd sized art boards for great new artworks: stretch your art supply budget! From Gerald Cloud. [read more]

PEN AND INK Gr. 3 and up
Students will hone visual recognition skills by paying close attention to details of shape, line, and texture as they create a complete ink drawing of one or more natural objects. From Christina Eosco. [read more]

PLEIN AIR DRAWING AND PAINTING all ages
Are you looking for something creative to do on a clear day? Why not take a trip outside to let nature inspire you? [read more]

PORTRAIT DRAWING - GRID SYSTEM Gr. 6 - 12
Using artist Chuck Close as inspiration, art teacher Alison Lorion shows us how to draw portraits using the grid system. [read more]

PRE-DRAWING EXERCISES K and up
This is a wonderful mini lesson that has children draw images from memory. In order to evaluate progess, there must be an established reference point for comparison. Have students produce untutored drawings before they receive instruction. Written by Robert Beeching. [read more]

RADIAL LETTER DESIGNS Gr. 3-12
Amy Woods introduces your students to radial balance. [read more]

SUNFLOWERS all ages
Students will create expressionistic sunflowers in oil, acrylic or pencil crayon. [read more]

WANDERING INK DRAWING Gr. 3 and up
Students will learn to "go with the flow" as they allow their materials to take on a life of their own. [read more]

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MULTICULTURAL ART

MASKS: PAPIER MACHE K and up
These colorful, razzle dazzle masks are simply magical! [read more]

MASKS: COLORFUL PAPER MASKS K and up
Using paper and scissors and objects you find, you can make masks of all colors and kinds. [read more]

DIDGERIDOOS K and up
A didgeridoo is a long wooden trumpet-like instrument used by the Aboriginal peoples of Australia. [read more]

KORU ART K-12
Children will become familiar with the Maori Koru designs as they create colorful works of art using chalk pastels. From Kim Lannon. [read more]

YARN PAINTING (OFRENDAS) K-12
The Huichol Indians of Mexico are known for their yarn paintings. Here, learn how to make your own. [read more]

DRUM Gr 3-12
Make a dumbek with materials from your garden shed. [read more]

PAINTING

COLOR COLLISION Gr. 6-12
Students will experience watercolor and it's blending and flowing properties to make a color design based on color theory. From Amy Shapley. [read more]

COLOR THE SNOW PreK and up
Who needs a rainy day when you have a snowy day! Create you own winter wonderland with colorful buckets of snow. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

CRAYON CRACKLE PAINTING K and up
Students will learn about texture as they experiment with crackle patterns. [read more]

EMOTION PAINTING K and up
Students will gain an understanding of how much of a role emotion plays in artmaking as they create paintings based on feelings. [read more]

HAPPY ACCIDENTS PreK and up
Take it from us, mistakes can be beautiful. By working with ink, watercolor and wet paper, students will be forced to "go with the flow". [read more]

LINE PAINTING FLOWERS Gr. 3 and up
Students will be introduced to the work of Geoff Slater - the artist who paints images using one single line! [read more]

MILK BUBBLES K and up
Students will use milk and food coloring to make wild, fantastic patterns which can be transferred to paper. From David Leatherwood. Includes a video. [read more]

MIXED MEDIA PAINTING Gr. 3 and up
This is a mixed media still life "happy accident" art lesson that is a great introduction to pen & ink, watercolor and pastels. [read more]

MONDRIAN STYLE PAINTING Gr. 3-12
Learn how to make a painting in the style of artist Piet Mondrian. [read more]

PAINTED ROCKS all ages
Using paint and glue, students will create wonderful works of art while learning about geology! [read more]

PAINTED SHOES all ages
Canadian artist Teodoro Dragonieri paints, collages and reconstructs old shoes to represent great artists of the 20th century. Find out how your students can get creative on a different kind of canvas. [read more]

SAND PAINTING K-12
Navajo Natives created sand paintings as a way of chasing away evil spirits. This lesson shows you how to make your own sand paintings that are inspired by the real thing. [read more]
(Section: Multicultural)

SCRATCH ART all ages
Learn how to create a fireworks display with crayons and paint. From B. Church. [read more]
(Section: Seasons)

SEASHELL PAINTING all ages
Seashells make wonderful palm-size canvases for seascape paintings. [read more]

TISSUE PAPER BUTTERFLIES PreK and up
Students will learn about color mixing as they create butterflies out of tissue paper (or paint or magic markers) and coffee filters. From Karen LaVarnway and Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

PRINTMAKING

FRUIT and VEGGIE PRINTS PreK and up
A fun and inexpensive way to introduce printmaking. This is for all ages. [read more]

LINOLEUM BLOCK PRINTMAKING Gr. 3 and up
A lino print results when a piece of linoleum has had pieces cut out of it, been inked and been printed. [read more]

LITHOGRAPHY Gr. 7 and up
A series of photos (and a video) give a nice overview of this multi-step printmaking process. [read more]

MONOPRINTS PreK and up
Monoprinting is a process whereby only one print is pulled from the printing plate. Here are three methods you can try. [read more]

MONOPRINTING WITH FOIL K - Gr. 12
This lesson offers a unique way to create a monoprint using paint and aluminum foil. From Stacey Glover. [read more]

STYROFOAM RELIEF PRINTMAKING K and up
A form of relief printing that makes use of readily available styrofoam meat and vegetable trays. [read more]

RECYCLING CRAFTS

ART SAVERS PreK and up
Kids will have fun making one of these handy "art savers" which they can use to transport their works of art. From Charlotte Riley. [read more]

BIRD FEEDER PreK and up
Providing an easy way for children to give back to the environment. From Adrienne Bolles. [read more]

COFFEE FILTER FRIDGE MAGNETS PreK and up
Making butterflies from coffee filters. From: Sarah Cannington. [read more]

HANDMADE PAPER all ages
Make your own paper using recycled materials. From Eva D'Amico. [read more]

PERSONAL NOTES all ages
Recycling your child's drawings, from Windie. [read more]

TWIG CONSTRUCTION all ages
Children will learn about homes as they design and make a twig and leaf shelter. From Catherine Bamess. [read more]

SCULPTURE

BEAN MOSAICS PreK and up
Students will learn about mosaic techniques as they create a mosaic using dried beans and peas. From Kimberly Jensen. [read more]

CLAY - ALL ABOUT CLAY
An important look at this timeless raw material along with some do's and don'ts. Read this before starting any clay projects in your classroom! [read more]

CLAY HEADS Gr. 3 and up
Using armatures, students will create sculptural works using clay that is left to dry naturally in the air. [read more]

CLAY SAND CASTLES PreK and up
Children will develop their sculpture techniques and express their creativity by molding and decorating their own clay sand castles. From Christina Eosco. [read more]

COIL CONTAINERS - POTTERY K and up
Students will learn how to build a container with clay, using coil and slab hand-building techniques. From Lauren Geggus. [read more]

FABRIC ASSEMBLAGE PreK and up
This lesson shows you what you can do with scraps of burlap, canvas and other types of fabric. [read more]

GARGOYLES (FROM COFFEE TRAYS) Gr. 3 and up
This lesson shows you how to making gargoyles out of cardboard coffee take out trays and paper mache pulp. From KinderArt. [read more]

KHAMSA GOOD LUCK HANDS K and up
Students will learn about the use of symbolism in cultural (Moroccan) art as they learn and use design elements in creating a hand print. From Susan Kimes-Demboski. [read more]

LEAF BY LEAF all ages
This project from Sandi Kovach-Long can be adapted for a wide range of ages and abilities including adults with physical, perceptual and cognitive challenges. [read more]

MARIGOLD SCULPTURES K and up
Students can make marigold sculptures using tin cans, paper and glue. Submitted by: Anitra Redlefsen..[read more]

MEDIA COLLAGE K - Gr.12
With this lesson, your students will learn how to take a close look at print advertising and product packaging. [read more]

PAPERCLAY® FISH ORNAMENTS Gr. 3 and up
Create relief sculpture with an undersea theme. From the Creative PaperClay® Company. [read more]

PAPER RING ART (QUILLING) Gr. 3 and up
Karen Derian shows us how to make lovely designs using strips of paper and glue. [read more]

PEBBLE PICTURES PreK and up
Add another dimension to paintings using pebbles found at the beach. [read more]

PINATAS K and up
Complete instructions on how to make a pinata using balloons and papier mache. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo celebrations! From Wendy Payne. [read more]

PIPE CLEANER SCULPTURE K and up
Learn how to make abstract art with foam and pipe cleaners. From Pat Klingbiel. [read more]

PLAY DOUGH PreK and up
Students will experiement with homemade play dough. Includes a recipe! From Julie Duell. [read more]

PUMPKIN SEED MOSAIC PreK and up
Mosaics are made of tiny colored pieces of stone, pottery, glass or other materials, arranged together and set in plaster or cement to make patterns and images. In this lesson, students use pumpkin seeds and paint to create colorful mosaics. [read more]

RAINSTICKS K and up
Legend has it that the Chilean Indians invented the rainstick to make rainy weather. Make a rainstick using a cardboard carpet tube, nails and sunflower seeds. [read more]

ROCK AND WIRE MOBILE Gr 3 and up
This is a project in problem solving, balance and creativity. From Anitra Redlefsen. [read more]

SCRAP WOOD SCULPTURES K and up
Start with a a box of wood scraps to create a masterpiece. [read more]

STAINED GLASS FOR BEGINNERS Gr 3 and up
This is a tutorial about how to make stained glass creations, including the proper tools and techniques to use. [read more]

TIN CAN SCULPTURE Gr. 3 - 12
Students will use reusable objects and individual creativity to create wonderful sculpture. Submitted by: Jeanne C. Wolf. [read more]

TISSUE PAPER PAINTING AND SCULPTURE K and up
Students will create sculptural images using tissue paper as paint. [read more]





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