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At Blick, we love those "light bulb" moments when an idea inspires and the creative juices start to flow.

Geared for a wide variety of age and skill levels, we offer hundreds of Lesson Plans designed to meet the National Standards for Visual Art Education and bring the value of creativity to any teaching experience.

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Woven Felt Wall Hanging

The fine art of weaving is explored using acrylic felt. This lesson also offers an opportunity to discuss fabric used for clothing, blankets and other items found in various cultures

3 – 12

Zany Wire Sculpture

Students create a freestanding 3-dimensional sculpture using wire and modeled "clay" pieces. An exciting introductory lesson in balance, spatial relationships, color, shape and form.

K – 6

Casting Coins (Elementary)

As young students learn the value and structure of our monetary system, they can make their own coins for trade or to save. This lesson plan allows students to design and “mint” coins bearing their own symbols.

K – 4

Environmental House

One of the principles of the Modern style of architecture is that the materials and functional requirements determine the design of the structure. Keeping that in mind, students will build a model of a home to function within a chosen environment.

7 – 12

Huichol Clay Painting

This lesson plan uses intensely colorful, easy-to-use Model Magic air-dry clay in place of yarn to create paintings similar to the art of the Huichol tribe. Students create “strings” of clay and press them together on a rigid surface. to create symbolic images and designs.

3 – 8

Little Black Poetry Book

The molten-metal texture on the cover provides a rich presentation for the personal treasures that will be written inside. The black pages are a dramatic background for words rendered in metallic marker, gel pen, opaque colored pencils or opaque ink.

5 – 12

Mexican “Tona” Animal Masks

According to a pre-Columbian legend, each person shares a common destiny with an animal that matches their personality and their life experiences called a “Tona”. Students identify with an animal and create a mask that will retain some human features as well. This project linka with personal identification and Mexican Folk Art cultural studies.

K – 4

Natural Twig Journals

This simple bookmaking project can achieve great results with a wide variety of ages. Using nature as a theme, it's a perfect place to record nature sketches, foliage collections and personal observations of the world around us.

K – 12
Special Education

Neo Neon

Classic neon signs are a part of everyday American culture, crossing over lines of economics, geography and heritage. This lesson incorporates the glowing “light painting” impact of neon signage in a clean, neat and easy-to-understand learning experience.

5 – 8

On a Starry Night...

Art history is an excellent discipline to accompany this lesson plan, as students become familiar with masterpieces by various artists. Students will choose an artwork that inspires them from a specifictime, genre or culture, and paint their own version on a cardboard frame.

3 – 8

Screen Print Collage

Using a single large screen divided into multiple small square window panes, a class of 15-20 students create their own individual art project that becomes part of the whole. A lesson plan from Speedball.

3 – 12

Shaped Storybook

Design a “big” storybook.Children can write the story and choose something in the story to be the book cover. The Story Paper can be cut to the shape of the book cover.

K – 3

Shoe Shine

The use of a very unconventional medium as a classroom exercise in oil painting.

5 – 12

Silk Suncatchers

The natural translucent quality of silk paired with transparent paints rivals the glow of stained glass when held up to the sun. This is an easy way to teach introductory silk paintin.

7 – 12

Slab Vase

Clay vessels have forever been examples of a culture’s ability to combine art and function. The focus in this lesson is to experiment with slab construction, using self-hardening clays.

9 – 12

Snake Basket

Baskets can be woven out of almost any material, not just reeds and straw. This basket project is whimsical and freeform,using wire and colorful "snakes" that move randomly throughout the piece. Polymer clay bakes right on the wire, so finished pieces are long-lasting and very durable.

5 – 12

Soft Sculpture

Claes Oldenburg popularized soft sculpture in the 1960's with flaccid everyday objects such as a fan, light switch and drum set.This lesson plan is an introduction to textile painting and fabric assemblage, as well as sculpture.

9 – 12

Southwest Native American Jewelry

Native Americans used symbols and motifs with deep cultural significance in making jewelry with clay, turquoise, coral, shell, wood and bone. After Spanish explorers brought silversmithing to Navajo, Hopi and Pueblo artists in the 1800's, Southwest jewelry developed into a distinctive art form.

7 – 12

Sparkle Fish

Everyone has something unique and wonderful to share with the world, as illustrated in the sparkling story of the “The Rainbow Fish”, by Marcus Pfister. This is a simple and tidy art project with a special surprise for students — what they think are “ugly” scales are revealed to be sparkly, holographic ones!

K – 5

Stained Glass Flowers

Wonderful, colorful flowers are created with a transparent, flexible paint called “Arti’Stick”. To link with botanical studies, have students study the anatomy of a flower, create and identify its parts.

3 – 8

Stencil City

Stencil City is a place that only exists on paper. It is created by cutting stencils in shapes of buildings and then using them to create areas of color against a black background. The end result is a nightglow cityscape.

2 – 8

Talking Rocks

Native Americans in the Southwest left messages on stones that still speak to us today. Some of these pictures were actually carvings called "petroglyphs".This lesson uses air-dry clay to make symbolic drawings on “stone.”

2 – 5

Texture Critters

Oaxacan woodcarvings of animals are decorated with whimsical color and loaded with all-over designs. This project lets students explore simple shapes and textures by drawing an outline shape of an animal then filling it in with as many textures and patterns as they can think of.

2 – 8

Three Prisms

Math and science create visual forms and establish structure.“Three Prisms” uses equilateral triangles and parallelograms. The shapes are combined and repeated for a sculpture that makes additional equilateral triangles.

K – 8

Tie-Dye Guitar T-Shirt

This outrageously fun guitar design can be created in 1-1/2 to 2 hours from start to the end of the dyeing process.

7 – 12

Tie-Dye Shibori Vessel

The ancient Japanese tradition of textile painting known as Shibori entails many techniques and processes including the gathering, wrapping and binding methods that we call "tie-dye" today. This 2-part lesson involves painting and draping stiffened fabric to create a sculptural piece.

7 – 12

Torn Paper Collage Journals

An easy bookmaking lesson that works across the entire curriculum. Students make books to use as journals or scrapbooks and fill with personnel stories or poetry, sketches or photos.

3 – 12
Special Education

Torn Paper Pictures

This project lets students work without scissors, using their fingers as tools. Papers are torn into shapes and then used to create an image that is a clearly defined and recognizable subject. The lesson also includes the collage technique of overlapping papers to unify the pieces of the design.

K – 4

Torn Paper Portraits

In this lesson, students “paint” with torn paper using a limited number of values found in a grayscale image. Using torn paper instead of direct painting requires them to visually divide the gray areas into separate shapes and define each shape individually.

9 – 12

Towers and Turrets

This lesson plan gives students the opportunity to learn about the concept of architecture, particularly towers and turrets.Using watercolor painting techniques and tracing, cutting, and gluing skills,students create lines, patterns and textures while understanding the concept of near being larger, far being smaller.

3 – 6

Transparent Banner Paintings

Painting on a transparent medium not only allows the interaction of light within the painted surface, it also projects colorful cast light and shadow onto walls, floors and surrounding objects.

3 – 12

Twisteez Masks

Students create a colorful, expressive mask by weaving Twisteez Wires on a screen.

5 – 12

Van Gogh Clay Plaque

This lesson plan begins by focusing on line and texture as students sculpt a flat slab of clay, defining an impressionistic landscape. Once the clay has dried, students will paint the piece using a palette of colors inspired by Van Gogh.

5 – 8

Very, Very Simple Decorative Papers

Gathering flowers, leaves, fiber, ribbons and newspapers can expand children’s awareness of their environment. Results are awesome! Make printmaking papers, cards, book covers, picture frames and photo mats.

K – 4
Special Education

Water-Based Monotype

Students will learn basic drawing and painting skills through monotype using Akua inks and a variety of brushes, sponges or even fingers to apply and modify their drawings — it’s safe and easy to clean up.

3 – 8

Watercolor Self-Portraits

This project will allow for exploring facial proportion, practice working in transparent watercolors and produce a self-expressive portrait.

9 – 12

Wireform Figure Sculpture

In this lesson by Amaco, students will select a character in motion, such as a dancer, athlete or fairy, then capture and describe its movements through pose, form and balance. Flexible, easy-to-cut new WireForm™ Rods and WireForm™ mesh sheets make it easy to translate line from a flat design into a three-dimensional space.

5 – 12

Yarn Bottles

The Huichol tribe use yarn to decorate gourds, clothing and other items, appliing it in adjacent rows of varying colors and patterns. Bottles are a 3-D surface that offers endless design possibilities.

K – 6

Year “2100” Sock Dolls

Students investigate dolls and games in history and cultures. All cultures have dolls and are a fascinating reflection of climate, resources, ideas and technology. This particular lesson challenges the student to look into the future and reflect on the past.

9 – 12

Leather Shields Native American Wall Hanging

Students learn to work with leather in the manner of Native American craftsmen.

K – 6

Water Lily Origami Pop-Up Card

For greetings, gifts or just for fun, students will enjoy making a pop-up card with a lovely folded water lily tucked inside.

5 – 8

Pueblo Pots

There are 20 Pueblo villages left in the Southwest; there were at one time in history 200. Each of the 20 Pueblos is famous for art and/or crafts, such as pottery. Students will learn about the Pueblo Indian arts and crafts, and emulate the famous pottery of Maria Martinez, who lived in a Pueblo.

2 – 4

Quick Button Art

Button art is an inexpensive, creative project that's easy to do with a group, and produces great results.

K – 12

Rain Sticks

Students construct a 3-dimensional form and fill it with rice to make gentle, percussive sounds.

K – 8

Recycled Pots

These plastic bottle pots are very handsome and perfectly shaped for decorating. Looking at them it is impossible to tell they are not made of clay.

5 – 8

Relief Drawing

This project is about drawing a realistic representation in order to practice your observation skills.

9 – 12

Repetitive Patterns

Use two pieces of construction paper, scissors, and glue to explore pattern and repetition.

3 – 8

Robot Shoes

This project gives new life to second-hand shoes by turning them into "Robots," sculptural assemblages created with metallic paint, wire and found objects.

K – 8

Rubbings from Relief Sculpture

The rubbings in this lesson plan are made with images foound in cemeteries, embellished with patterns from texture plates. Plan the art activity as a field trip or as homework with parental guidance.

K – 6

Sarcophagus

Through building a clay box sarcophagus, students develop skills to transfer historical objects into an art form, and discover the application of basic slab formation to a specific form.

5 – 8

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