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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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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

Paper Relief Sculpture

Students will learn to construct a relief sculpture using the elements and principles of art and paper construction techniques.

9 – 12

Paper Sampler

Alphabet samplers were popular during the 19th century and were embroidered on linen or canvas. This lesson plan celebrates the unique qualities of paper available for artists with a version of the sampler made with paper and art techniques.

5 – 8

Paper Weaving

A simple lesson to explore the basic concepts of weaving.

3 – 8

Pastel Glue Pictures

Students learn a nontraditional art process with this project.

K – 12

Personal Flags

Personal flags are expressions of a student's own life in symbols and serve as a link between the student and his or her environment.

K – 6

Peter Max-Style Ties

Introduce students to Pop-Art while creating fun, colorful ties.

K – 12

Pixel Drawings

Students create computer mosaic drawings with magazine illustrations, or photos emphasizing changing shades and tones using the total image or a section of it.

7 – 12

Pop Art Monoprints

This Lichtenstein-inspired lesson looks at pop culture imagery today and describes it in comic book-style prints using slow-drying waterbased Akua Kolor inks.

7 – 12

Pop Charts

This page offers a few suggestions for creative art projects that support mathematical instruction on chart and graph reading.

3 – 8

Positive & Negative Space

Minimal resources, great results! This lesson promotes an awareness of shape and space.

K – 8

Preserving Flowers and Other Organics in Acrylic

Recycle garden trimmings by preserving them in acrylic and creating artwork collages with acrylic mediums and paint.

K – 12

Character Nichos

Students learn to make small, decorated boxes called "Nichos," a means in Mexican and South American cultures to provide a stage-like setting for an object or collection of objects that have great significance.

5 – 8

Kente Cloth

Kente is the name for the beautifully colored, traditional woven fabric of West Africa. Like most African art forms, Kente expresses more than just visual appeal — it represents history, status, religion and social values.

2 – 5

Koi Pond

This interactive torn-paper collage creates pockets for watercolor fish to swim in and may be linked to the study of pond life (science) and Japanese culture.

2 – 5

Labyrinths

Found in art and architecture around the world, labyrinths are associated with metaphor, mystery and mythology. Incorporating various materials, students create their own labyrinths that may also be used as a simple game.

K – 12

Lazertran Band T-Shirts

This lesson plan recognizes the correlation between the two art forms as students create a band T-shirt using visual descriptions of particular music styles.

9 – 12

Lazertran Polymer Portraits

Incorporating New Media with traditional art, this process challenges students to use digital images to create a mask or 3-dimensional portrait.

9 – 12

Lazertran Silk Scarf

Students learn the basics of silk screening.

9 – 12

Letters + Numbers = ART

A painted book in the style of Robert Indiana. This lesson plan challenges students to choose eight ideas that can be stated with one simple word, then assemble them into a painted book.

5 – 12

Light-Capturing Cut Paper Designs

This project combines creating designs and then altering them through the use of light.

9 – 12

Manga & Me

Gives students just starting in cartooning an opportunity to study Manga.

5 – 8

Mardi-Gras Mask

Create unique and dazzling masks with an exciting Mardi Gras sparkle!

5 – 12

Masking Tape Masterpieces

This simple lesson plan encourages students to create patterns by overlapping and defining lines on a canvas panel, and add dimension by incorporating more canvases or objects.

K – 12

Melted Crayon Clay Ornaments

This easy, kid-friendly project creates ornaments that sparkle and shine using Crayola Crayons and Sculpey III oven-bake polymer clay.

K – 6

Melted Paintings

Part Salvidor Dali and part "Shrinky Dinks," this project compels students to reach beyond a traditional, flat painting and feeds their natural hunger for artistic experimentation.

7 – 12

Metal Foil Drawings

The experience of drawing on a lightweight foil is a wonderful exercise for young children and children with special needs.

K – 6

Mini Wall Pockets

Early experiment with construction of slab clay techniques. An excellent introduction to the use of materials in a responsible manner.

K – 4

Minimal Animals

Similar to the Positive and Negative Space activity, this lesson will let the children's imaginations run wild.

5 – 8

Minimalist Sculpture

In order to understand Minimal Art, students must recognize what is absent. These painted chipboard constructions are abstract with a minimum amount of color, value, shape and texture.

5 – 12

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