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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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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

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

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