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NEW! Face Book

Make an up-close-and-personal sketchbook or journal cover by creating a "face book" out of a cast and painted high relief face. Use quick mache to cast a face mold, then add modeling paste to customize the face. Create a realistic self-portrait, or morph the face into an animal or alien being! Finish with acrylic paint.

3 – 12

NEW! Ball Point Engraving

This low-tech method of engraving involves pressing a design into a drawing board by applying pressure through a paper positioned over it. The tool for engraving? A simple ball point pen! The engraving is then revealed by rubbing colorful art sticks over it. Multiple layers of engraving and color can be built up in one image.

5 – 12

NEW! Clay and Basket Fusion

Combine a fired clay pot with reeds and other materials like twine, lanyard material, wire or yarn to create a sculptural vessel that fuses two ancient traditions!

5 – 12

NEW! Greek Book Vase

An upcycled paperback book serves as the basis for a lesson in form. Using french curves, a template of a Greek pottery form is made. Trace the template onto a book, cut the pages, and open the book to reveal a 3-D piece of paper pottery! Glue the Vase to a painted or collaged background for something truly unique.

6 – 12

NEW! Lichtenstein Pop Art Resist

Create a graphic and colorful resist with a nod to Pop Artist Roy Lichtenstein! Start with smooth manga paper and then mix black paint with gloss medium to make a shiny resist. Apply the resist with a brush and texture plates. When dry, apply vivid color using Blick Liquid Watercolors.

5 – 12

NEW! Masking Tape Window Masterpieces

Take a serious look at the creative capabilities of a utilitarian medium. On a piece of clear film, many different sizes of masking tape can be layered, bunched, cut, torn, and twisted to achieve a variety of values and textures. Displayed in a window, it will reveal itself in the daytime from inside the room, and at night from the outside looking into the lighted interior.

2 – 12
Special Education

NEW! Pastepaper Mosaic

Use a fun, traditional bookmaking technique to make pastepaper, then cut and tear pieces to make a modern mosaic! Pastepaper is made by pulling rubber combs and tools through paint that has been mixed with rice paste to create interesting patterns and designs. After the pieces are glued in place, pouring medium gives the whole piece the look of a glazed mosaic!

3 – 12

NEW! Red, White and Blue Jean 3D Collage

Utilizing discarded denim, this project is a salute to Jasper Johns' "Flag." Denim provides a wide variety of blue hues and a surprising amount of texture. The fabric can be folded, bunched, twisted, rolled, woven to create dimension, and colorful designs can be added with paint, ink or water-soluble crayons.

3 – 12

NEW! Start with a Circle...

Geometric art kicks both the "left" and "right" sides of the brain into gear! Use gridded paper to arrange colorful, pre-cut tissue paper circles. Beginning mathematicians create new colors, patterns and shapes with circles, while more advanced students use smaller sectors to form a variety of angles, shapes and spatial relations.

K – 12
Special Education

NEW! Stitch it Up!

The art of embroidery makes a great accent for a painting done on cloth! Using washes of black and gray acrylic paint on a traditional stitchery cloth results in a striking painting. But, when a pop of color is added with embroidery, it truly stands out!

5 – 12

NEW! Totem Sculpture Stack

Use animal symbolism to create a personal, stackable totem sculpture. Start with airdry clay to create a base and four animals, add a dowel rod, then stack! Once dry, finish with gloss tempera, acrylics, or inks.

3 – 12

NEW! Second-Line Parasol

The "second line" refers to the people that fall in behind a parade, dancing to the music, waving banners and twirling parasols. This tradition began post-Civil War with the now-famous Jazz Funeral of New Orleans, and today it fills the streets of the French Quarter regularly, is part of wedding celebrations, and has spread from its roots across the nation. Join the “second-lining” fun with a personally-designed parasol!

3 – 8

NEW! Spirit Trees

Legends are plentiful about connections between humans and trees — what will your special tree reveal about you? This "Spirit Tree" is created from lengths of coiling core, glued together and wrapped with wire to impart flexibility to the branches. It can be finished with paint and wire, and personalized with objects or images suspended from the branches or placed around its roots

1 – 12

NEW! Confetti Bowls

If you've ever scooped confetti into the trash and wished it didn't have to be wasted, here's an idea for putting it to use — turn it into an intriguing, artistic bowl or plate.

3 – 8

NEW! Figures in Motion

Inspired by the painting and sculpture of Edgar Degas, this lesson allows students to explore proportion and describe movement using a flat, paper doll-type figure that can be manipulated when wet and is rigid when dry.

5 – 12

NEW! Stick-Start Abstractions

A beginner's approach to abstract painting, inspired by the works of Wassily Kandinksy. In this lesson plan, students explore the point and line concept using a simple wooden tool to create a variety of marks on a paper surface.

2 – 8

NEW! Tag, You're It!

Learn about urban art, artists, and social responsibility while creating a graffiti-style “tag.” Students are invited to design a signature using lettering of their own design, then express themselves collectively on a temporary wall installation. Vibrant colors “sprayed” onto paper designs give the look of an aerosol spray painting without the danger or mess.

3 – 12

NEW! Blow up a Butterfly

Create an O'Keeffe-like butterfly wing in close detail using Plike (plastic-like) paper. Next, add pastels along with iridescent and pearlescent mixing mediums to capture the affect of a butterfly's wing in close-up.

K – 8

NEW! Bowled Over by Picasso

Picasso viewed the ceramic vessels he painted on as a type of canvas that curved. Make a slump or hump molded bowl, then paint colorful imagery on it's interior using underglazes. Finish with clear glaze.

3 – 12

NEW! It's Complementary!

Combine some color theory with a fun, dimensional print that pops! Complementary colors are especially pleasing together. Use texture plates and other printing techniques on paper, then cut circles, fold up the edges, and make a checkerboard style three-dimensional print!

K – 8

NEW! R&R with Gustav Klimt

Use printmaking techniques to make a Klimt-esque serpent print! Illustrating the design technique of repetition and rhythm is easy when repeating stamped motifs to make a complex background. The serpent is made separately and added to the background to complete the composition. The addition of metallic paints adds the final layer of interest.

3 – 12

Circle Wall Sculpture

The circle has played a role in the art of every culture, often symbolizing unity and completeness. This simple reed-and-paper design demonstrates how balance, emphasis, patterns, rhythm, movement, and unity produce integrality in a piece of visual art.

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5 – 12

“Glass” Panel Book

A twist on the tunnel book, this in-depth poetry presentation stars repurposed transparent CD cases. Students learn how artists create visual depth in art while designing a book that illustrates an eight-line poem they have selected or written.

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8 – 12

Make a Fake Cake!

Using the paintings of Wayne Thiebaud as inspiration, students prepare visually delightful, deliciously decorated sculptural cupcakes using a new, voluminous finger paint that spreads like frosting, yet dries to a strong, durable finish.

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K – 8
Special Education

“Mama” Spider Sculptures

Created as an ode to her mother, one of the largest sculptures in the world is Louise Bourgeois’ “Maman.” — a bronze spider that stands 30 feet tall. These wire and tissue versions assume natural, and sometimes even creepy, poses!

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3 – 12

Matisse Prints du Soleil

Henri Matisse survived cancer to find a renewed energy and expressionism in artworks he called “scissor paintings.” Inspired by his cut-paper shapes, students can use sunlight or an artificial source to create color-saturated prints on fabric or paper.

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K – 12
Special Education

“Selfies” (exactly where I want to be)

Creating self portraits is a snap with this easy technique! Facial proportions and features are traced onto clear film, then layered over a background of a student’s own choosing — a location where she or he would most like to take a “selfie.”

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K – 8

Torn Metal Collage

Inspired by Byzantine mosaics and tapestries, Austrian artist Gustav Klimt was acclaimed for his gilded paintings. Students use metallic paper to create their own opulent artwork, which is then gently embossed and “antiqued” with tempera.

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3 – 12
Special Education

Beastly Bobblehead

Create a whimsical patterned Bobble Head! The “body” is a clay slab that students texturize by pressing interesting pasta shapes into it. Top with a pinch-pot head — and learn a lesson in balance.

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3 – 12

Black Velvet Mystery Painting

Applying oil pastels to black rayon fabric makes a striking composition, but when students add UV paint and a black light, the finished paintings really glow.

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K – 12

Curtain of Leaves Monoprint

Many artists have used trees as an inspiration for their work. Pressed leaves and texture tools are used to make one-of-a-kind, double-sided monoprints. Using a flexible printing block as a plate makes it easy!

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3 – 12

Shibori Kimono

Experiment with Japanese paper-dyeing techniques using traditional rice papers, then share papers to create simple origami kimonos. The result is a stunning combination of art and culture.

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3 – 12

Shoe Shrine

Make a sculptural shrine from an outgrown or second-hand shoe! Primed with modeling paste, covered with ornate embellishments, and then aligned vertically, an everyday shoe can become a dramatic backdrop for relics that represent a student’s favorite thing, place, idea, or event.

3 – 12

Upcycled Saucer Basket

A variety of new “fibers” are being employed today by many basket makers. Use traditional basket-weaving methods combined with fibers of the new age such as newspapers, plastics, wire, or grocery bags!

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5 – 12

Creative Quill Pens

For over 1000 years, the quill was the principle writing tool in the Western world. Imagine the stories, poems and sketches that can be made with a hybrid quill and dip pen designed to be a work of art in itself!

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3 – 12

Byzantine Bell

Create a copper bell from metal foil and give it a salt-and-vinegar patina! Cut, fold and emboss metal sheet and add a beaded clapper. Watch a patina develop over night and display in or out!

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5 – 12

Distressed Cold Wax Drawing

NOTE! The liquid wax used in this lesson plan is now tinted green. Artwork produced using this process will vary from the examples shown. This drawing process uses a reduction technique that involves etching or scratching an image into the wax, filling it with acrylic, then selectively removing color and wax by wiping and further etching. The remaining wax on the page will create mid-range values of gray and green, depending on how much is removed.

5 – 12

Simple Silk Screen in the Round

Silk screening is made simple with the use of an embroidery hoop frame and Mod Podge! Simply draw an image on silk screen fabric with a pencil and paint around the outside with Mod Podge. Pull fabric ink though with a squeegee and you're done! Add handpainted details to add even more color.

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2 – 12

Spoon Skulls

Sugar Skulls are a folk art tradition from central and southern Mexico, made as part of the Day of the Dead celebration. Students can create and decorate a long-lasting skull from glow-in-the-dark clay pressed into a common tablespoon used as a mold. Add colorful designs with tempera paint or markers and enjoy Dia de Muertos!

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1 – 8

Steampunk Entomology

Create a futuristic insect specimen using clay, discarded metal pieces, and wire. Make an air dry clay body, push wire legs, antennae and steampunk embellishments into the soft clay, add wings and let dry to harden! Embellish with paints, if desired.

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K – 12

Tinga Tinga Masks

Inspired by the painting style of Tanzanian artists, the Tinga Tinga painting style is characterized by intense color, movement-descriptive figures and shapes, and many, many dots. An easy, non-drippy way for students to create lots of dots is to use an applicator designed to produce small, controlled circles. First, students will create an animal mask, then a Tinga Tinga landscape to attach the mask to.

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Wayang Kulit Shadow Puppetry

Tell a story through a traditional Indonesian shadow puppet play! Make a puppet that looks like leather by dampening and crinkling black cardstock, then create interesting patterns with paper punches. Finish with metallic markers and glue to dowels!

K – 12

Wire Art Quilt

A decorative, sculptural interpretation of the Friendship Quilt. Wire is an amazing art medium — it can be bent to form a variety of lines, shapes, letters, and images, outlining patterns in the way that individual pieces of fabric make up each square in a traditional quilt. Elementary-age students can work easily with chenille stems and colorful plastic-coated wire while older students will create art with soft steel, aluminum, and copper wire

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3 – 12

Monoprint Pocket Pendants

Make a unique pocket pendant to wear in just a few minutes using a monoprint technique on fine white clay. "Lift" a drawing done with wax pastels onto white clay. The result is a beautiful, wearable work of art.

3 – 12

Anaglyph Artistry

Make a composition for viewing with 3-D glasses! Turn an original drawing into a three-dimensional anaglyph using red and blue transfer paper with red and blue markers. Then, make the 3-D glasses necessary to make it pop!

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2 – 12

Artist’s Challenge Coins (ACC’s)

Challenge Coins are specially designed and minted for service personnel to recognize an achievement, enhance morale, or to signify membership in (or experience on) a particular mission. Create a personal Artist's Challenge Coin (ACC) by making a small print, collage, stamp, or photo appliqué one side of a coin-shaped wooden disk, and a challenge or message on the reverse.

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K – 12
Special Education

Block-Print Koinobori

In Japan, Children's Day on May 5th is heralded by the appearance of flying fish: carp-shaped windsocks known as “Koinobori”. In this lesson, students design a “scale”-shaped block from soft block printing material and apply it repetitively to outdoor-safe fabric that has been cut in the shape of a fish. Add details like eyes, fins, and a tail using metallic and sparkle paint, and the Koinobori is ready to hang and “swim” through the breeze!

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3 – 12

Butterfield Horse

Construct a high-relief horse using Activa Fast Mache and found objects. Combine a painted and collaged background with a horse made of quick mache, sticks, pine needles, leaves, and shredded papers in the style of Debra Butterfield.

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3 – 12

Concentric Kirigami

A variation on Japanese Origami, Kirigami is created by folding paper and cutting portions away. This surprisingly uncomplicated relief sculpture is assembled with “rings” cut from double-sided sheets of colorful cardstock. The edges of the rings are folded, cut, unfolded, and layered concentrically (placed around the same center point) to make modern-day Kirigami designs.

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3 – 12

Convertible “Canned” Sculpture

Composition — the way the elements of a piece of art are arranged and relate to each other — can be difficult to grasp. This lesson plan presents an easy, forgiving way to see the effects of composition while using the dimensional works of Frank Stella as an example. The sculpture is assembled with magnets on a metal can so it can be taken apart and rearranged to see how the composition is affected — what works and what doesn’t.

3 – 12

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