Blick Lesson Plans: hundreds of free, original ideas for Art Education!

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. All original. All free. Help yourself!

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Paper Bag Pocket Journal
Paper Bag Pocket Journal
When is an ordinary lunch sack not so ordinary? When it is transformed into a "flip-around" kraft-paper sketchbook/journal with built-in pockets for collecting and storing samples, papers and notes.
1-8, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Reverse Dry Point
Dry point is a type of intaglio printmaking that involves scratching a design into a surface with a sharply pointed tool, then coating it with ink. Rather than using black ink on white paper as artists have for centuries, modern materials allow students to use opaque inks on black paper to produce a look that is both classical and contemporary at the same time.
9-12, 12, 10, 11, 9
Color Paste Color Wheel
"Color paste" is a mixture of baking soda and acrylic paint that can be shaped with the safe blade of a painting knife and other tools, to. Students sculpt the color paste into peaks and valleys, creating patterns and intriguing textures while experimenting with mixing colors and learning how they relate to one another on a color wheel.
5-12, 12, 10, 11, 9, 5, 6, 8, 7
Kindness Coins
One small artwork can make a world of difference! Created to be shared, these "coins" can be made by anyone, regardless of age or skill level. Air dry clay forms a hard, circular base that be decorated with paintings, drawings, craft supplies, stamps or collage. As a way to say "thank you" or "good job", these little tokens can be a random gift of kindess left for someone to discover or a way to offer encouragement.
K-12
Write a Room
Words are power. Like art, they allow an artist to express the internal, communicating thoughts and emotions. In this lesson, students will create, with words, a drawing of a place that holds significance to them. Students will reflect on why this place is special, focusing on emotive and physically descriptive words.
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Mola Study in Felt
Create an interpretation of a unique artistic tradition, inspired by Mola designs of the Guna women of Panama. Ornate designs are created by stacking sheets of felt together, then cutting through the layers to reveal the colors and patterns below.
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
See Me 3-D
In this lesson, students will use Blick Studio Pastels on toned paper to create a three-dimensional effect portrait. When viewed on its own, the piece will look strikingly radical in color. When viewed through 3-D glasses made from poster board and colored acetate, the image will pop forward with vibrancy!
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Geometric Himmeli Sculpture
In this lesson, traditional Swedish ornaments serve as an educational bridge to learning about platonic solids and more complicated geometric shapes.
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Pouncet Pendant
This wearable art piece recalls a time when the common belief was that illness could be prevented by avoiding bad smells. Perfumes were carried in small containers that could be inhaled to “cleanse” the air. In modern times, aromatics are still associated with well-being. Design a wearable, box-like pendant to hold an oil-infused felt piece. It’s an artistic treat for the senses!
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3-12
All the Colors of a Lemon
When life gives you lemons, paint a still life! In this advanced painting lesson, students will gain a deeper understanding of color theory by creating two still lifes of a lemon. The first focuses on the natural color of an object as perceived by the eye. The second focuses on invented color, which can be any color of the artists’ choosing.
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9, 10, 11, 12
Printed Pattern Portrait
Contemporary portrait artist Kehinde Wiley creates multi-layered, modern portraits by using dense, elaborate, wallpaper-like patterning mixed with art historical compositions to heighten the personality and presence of his subject. In this lesson, students can recreate the feeling and energy of a Wiley portrait, without having to hand-paint every element. Printmaking is combined with drawing and watercolor painting, making this project both accessible and engaging for students.
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5, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Painted Story Quilt
Featured with Updated Content! Quilt-making spans multiple centuries and cultures. It can teach math skills, record history, recycle cast-off materials and encourage cooperative efforts within a group...just for a few ideas! This lesson looks at the story quilts of Faith Ringgold. She surrounds her narrative paintings with a quilted border, creating stories in color, texture, and pattern. Students select their own story to illustrate, then paint fabric using watersoluble pastels and watercolor pencils.
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1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, K, Special Education
Hindsight
What's left behind in a rear view mirror offers a lesson on one-point perspective. Create a three-dimensional rear view mirror using self adhesive mounting board, mirror board and markers.
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
No-Blender Pulp Painting
Featured with updated content! This project is a simple, tidy way to create the look of pulp painting without the mess of a blender or even the use of adhesive. Non-bleeding tissue paper is combined with water and agitated (torn) so that the paper fibers separate and make a rough pulp. Pressing the paper onto an absorbent (canvas) surface causes the fibers to re-bond with one another and, when dry, form a thicker, stronger paper.
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1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, K, Special Education
Glue Batik
Featured with updated content! Explore the beauty of batik fabric without the danger of hot wax or dyes. Simply trace a design onto muslin with washable glue and add brilliant permanent color with Marabu Fashion Spray.
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K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Upcycled-Tissue-Vases
Reimagine plastic bottles and cups as textural, painted containers perfect for plants and flowers. New, updated content!
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1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, K
Peace Windows: in the style of Marc Chagall’s stained glass
Featured with new content! Late in his career, artist Marc Chagall produced a number of paintings in glass with colorful, dream-like images symbolizing peace, love, tolerance and faith. In reality, Marc Chagall’s life was filled with tragic events and the world he lived in was anything but peaceful. In light of this fact, students can begin to understand an artist’s ability to share healing, inspiration and encouragement, using “peace” as a theme.
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1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, K, Special Education
The Conceptual Art Game
A coloring game inspired by postmodern artist Sol LeWitt. LeWitt produced approximately 1,350 “Wall Drawings,” but rarely painted one himself. He provided the concept, then collaborated with others to actually produce the work. In this simple game, students receive the exact same set of instructions and materials, but execute them according to their own interpretations.
10, 11, 12, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Painted Tapestry
Combine painting with weaving for a fresh mixed media textile experience! "Found" materials — scraps of felt and fabric, ribbons, cotton yarn, and canvas — can be enhanced with opaque watercolor, providing shading and color gradations.
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5-12
Space Search
Responding to rapid changes in culture and technology, Jackson Pollock's “action painting” expressed a new, modern way of making art. Experience the fun and spontenaity of painting without the use of brushes, then seek out and explore the positive and negative spaces between drips and splashes, defining them with ink lines.
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1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Dimensional Weaving
Add an extra layer of surprise to a piqué weaving by using clay coils instead of cording. Crayola Model Magic provides an excellent raised surface, and when adhered directly to the warp of a weaving, creates raised patterns on the woven surface.
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3, 4, 5, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Trash Landscape
In this lesson, students will explore the use of texture in painting while reflecting on the significance of our impact as humans on the landscape through our production of waste materials. The collected objects collaged onto the canvas can be used in an illustrative way through their unique textures. To enhance this effect, color is added in the form of acrylic paint, and Chroma Molten Metals adds a luminosity to the finished piece.
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3, 4, 5, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Knotted Rocks
Transform a rock into fiber art with the help of a common button. A simple, four-sided design known to many as "God's Eye," can be created with cords knotted around a rock and threaded through the holes of a button to hold secure and keep appropriately spaced.
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3-12
2009 Totems
Students create a modern-day totem pole with hand-formed clay animals positioned on a wooden dowel.
5, 6, 7, 8
3D Contour Collage
Students create a dimensional line drawing out of flexible wire then cover it with assorted papers and tissues for a whimsical, lightweight sculpture.
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5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12