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!

Hanko and Chop Lesson Plan
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bottle body sculptures
NEW! Bottle-Body Sculptures
Following a brief career as a fashion model, artist Niki de Saint Phalle created figurative sculptures that defied the ideal of feminine beauty. Her "Nanas" reflect the idea that beauty, confidence and strength come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. Inspired by the Nanas, these sculptures are formed on plastic bottle bases and can bend into a variety of poses.
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arpilleras
In the 1970s in Santiago, Chile, a group of women helped bring about social change with hand-stitched tapestries. Inspired by these arpilleras, students can envision changes and tell their own stories. This lesson plan also introduces a new faux-felting technique using a paper clip and colorful polyester fiber.
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Special Education
el anatsui acrylic tapestry
El Anatsui, a Ghanaian sculptor who lives and works in Nigeria, makes large-scale forms from discarded bottle caps and wrappers woven together with copper wire. In keeping with the spirit of Anatsuis’ use of discarded materials, students can use wire mesh to support dried acrylic paint that would otherwise be thrown away at the end of a class. Once dry, the piece can be shaped and reshaped or even connected to another piece to create a giant collaborative classroom installation!
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12
Explore balance in everyday life through kinetic sculpture inspired by Alexander Calder.
10, 11, 12, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5
Students will learn about astronomy by choosing a constellation to embroider onto a shimmery acrylic surface made from Liquitex Pouring Medium and Blick Liquid Watercolors, all enclosed within an embroidery hoop!
10, 11, 12, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Create an illustrious place setting for someone you admire using recycled dinnerware and clay.
10, 11, 12, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
With inspiration from Dr. Suess, create a new plant "species" and imagine its importance within an ecosystem. These small assemblage sculptures can illustrate the physical properties of existing plants or be entirely new creations.
1, 10, 11, 12, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, K
Cheesecloth is an intriguing fiber that can be cut, layered, folded, rolled and bunched. It's open, delicate weave gives it a lightweight, barely-there appearance. This technique creates layers of opacity-driven values and textures over a black background.
10, 11, 12, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
The Japanese tradition of “Kintsugi” is the repairing broken pottery with liquid gold. The cracking is enhanced and the value and beauty is enhanced because of the breakage. In this project, simple eggshells become exquisite, one-of-a-kind pieces of art.
The Japanese tradition of “Kintsugi” is the repairing broken pottery with liquid gold. The value and beauty of the piece is enhanced because of the breakage. In this project, simple eggshells become exquisite, one-of-a-kind pieces of Kintsugi-inspired art.
1, 10, 11, 12, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, K, Special Education
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, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
abstract pressed landscape
Easily teach the concept of a horizon line while making a beautiful symmetrical pressed landscape. Fold paper in half, then transfer paints and pigments in a method similar to the Rorschach prints. After printing, add detail using markers. The process is customizable based on age. Just press for younger students, or add sophisticated details at older ages.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, K
boxes like bontecous
In the mid 1950s and 1960s, Lee Bontecou was part of a generation of artists that looked beyond traditional fine art materials and transformed everyday objects in their work. Using a box as a starting point, students turn one of the world's most everyday materials - cardboard - into multi-media sculpture.
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
art in the shadows
The stark contrast and the half-hidden mystery of a sihouette is a natural attraction for students. As a lesson illustrating positive and negative spacial relationships or to set the mood for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos, here's an idea for silhouettes with a built-in surprise ... they glow in the dark!
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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!
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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!
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
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!
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
bowled over by picasso
Picasso viewed the ceramic vessels he painted on as a type of canvas that curved. Make a slump or hump molded bowl, then paint colorful imagery on it's interior using underglazes. Finish with clear glaze.
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 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.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, K
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.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, K
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.
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 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!
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 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.
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 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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books that pop
"Paper engineering meets the principles of design! This procces breaks pop-up designs into three very basic techniques - spirals, zig-zags, and boxes - and focuses on design elements: color, form, shape, and space. A simple hinging technique using the ever-popular, colorfully patterned DuckTape allows the book to open and lie flat for the most eye-popping and paper-popping look!"
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artists challenge coins accs
"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."
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, K, Special Education