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Video Lesson Plans

Blick is excited to announce our new Video Lesson Plans!

We've taken some of our most popular lesson plans and have turned them into easy to follow video lesson plans. Just click play, sit back, and see our great projects come to life.


Simple Silk Screen in the Round
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NEW VIDEO LESSON PLANS

Grade Level

NEW! Barnacle Wall

Teach a lesson in marine biology while making a barnacle sculpture! Use Claycrete papier mache mix like clay to create a pinch pot barnacle. Add paints or pigments right to the mix for added color. Then, create the carapace, or mouth part by inserting an origami shape made like the childhood game “origami fortune teller”. Mount all the barnacles together on a wall or board to create a colony!

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3 – 8

NEW! Brusho Batik

Make a distinctive batik masterpiece on paper using ink crystals and simple resist. By making a batik composition on paper, the ancient method is taught without the vats of dye and pans of melted wax! A gloss medium is trailed onto paper with a plastic squeeze bottle fitted with a writer tip. Next, powdered ink crystals are used wet or dry to create a modern interpretation of an ancient craft.

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3 – 12

NEW! Pierced Porcelain or Ling Long Yan

Make a modern example of traditional Chinese “rice grain” porcelain. A pure white clay combined with a simple slab technique creates the base for a pierced porcelain vessel. With the use of various tools to add pattern and texture, and methods of piercing or puncturing the clay, the result is a beautiful version of an ancient technique.

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5 – 12

NEW! Toolbox Plaster Painting

“Paint” with plaster and tools to create a fresh, new Buon Fresco! Working with wet plaster is a fun and spontaneous act. When small batches of plaster are combined with textural elements and pigments, fresh and unique works of art are the result!

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5 – 12

NEW! Book Loom

This project gives a whole new meaning to the term “Book Binding”! Turn an old, discarded book into a weaving loom and create an amazing creation of paper and string. Punch a few holes in the pages, string a warp structure and bind, stitch, knot and weave between the lines!

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5 – 12

NEW! Inkless Tessellation Prints

Think printmaking requires ink? Think again! A tessellation is a geometric that repeats without overlapping or leaving negative space between repetitions – think of the prints created by M.C. Escher. This transparent plate can be cut with scissors and scratched with a design before “inking” with watersoluble crayons to make tessellating, multi-colored images.

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5 – 12

NEW! Look Through My Window

A dimensional self-portrait in the style of Edward Hopper. A recurring theme in Hopper’s art is windows, offering glimpses into a story within a painting. What story would be revealed to a viewer looking at your life through a window?

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5 – 12

NEW! Stencil Skyline

A city skyline is a great place to look for shapes and positive/negative spaces between the buildings. Tempera paint won’t stick to stencil paper, so a spritz of water makes it slide right off and run down the paper.

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2 – 12
Special Education

Leave a Trail!

Using brightly colored felts, paint applied by squeezing rather than brushing, and folding of the fabric to repeat pattern, a vibrant and very individual statement is made on a functional and useful piece of artwork – the book cover.

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5 – 12

Hand It Over!

Combine a hand traced onto clay with a proverb to create a dish imbued with old-fashioned wisdom. Use a simple cut slab and a set of letter stamps add a proverb to a functional ceramic piece. Add an easy-to-make foam stamp and colorful underglazes to make a hand-shaped dish with meaning.

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3 – 12

Cast-Tissue Tiles

This technique provides a relatively quick and tidy way to create cast papier mâché designs using a texture rubbing plate as a mold and colorful tissue paper. Use it to create tiles, ornaments, valentines, frames — all sorts of great projects that make great gifts, too!

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2 – 8

Perspective on a String

The traditional way to create string art is to suspend thread or wire above the surface with nails or pins. This lesson uses holes pierced in gridded foam board, making consistent spacing a breeze. Create a horizon and vanishing point for a perspective lesson without using a ruler!

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7 – 12

Sand Sketching

Simple sand becomes an art medium for a resurgent Victorian craft known as “Marmotinto”. This new process keeps the sand suspended in waterbased adhesive so the mess that is usually associated with sand painting is greatly reduced

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K – 12

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.

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3 – 12

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.

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5 – 12

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!

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5 – 12

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.

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6 – 12

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.

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5 – 12

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.

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2 – 12
Special Education

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!

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3 – 12

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.

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3 – 12

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.

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K – 12
Special Education

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!

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5 – 12

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

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1 – 12

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.

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5 – 12

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.

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K – 8

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

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

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

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

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

Decalcomania: Glue Paint Symmetry Prints

“Decalcomania” was a techique was used by Surrealists to create impromptu paintings controlled largely by chance. Much like a Rorschach Ink-Blot test, they would search for hidden imagery and develop it into a finished painting. This tidy and highly interactive process uses Glue Paint in a finger painting-style of application — without actually touching it. Looking for hidden images and contour lines in the print will fuel the imagination of a young Surrealist!

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K – 12
Special Education

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