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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“Art-O-Motion” Mechanical Sculpture
Updated with new featured content In 1913, Marcel DuChamp mounted a spinning bicycle wheel to a stool to make what is considered the first kinetic sculpture. Since then, many artists have paired physical science and engineering with artistic vision to create amazing pieces of mechanical sculpture. This simple, pulley-operated design has students design “gears” that spin on spools when a string is pulled.
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, K, Special Education
EZ Grout Mosaics
Featured with new content! Students of all ages can mimic mosaic artisans throughout history with these easy tile-making and “grouting” techniques. Clay tiles are glued to a firm backboard and grouted with Blick Blak Glue.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, K, Special Education
Pop Art Portraits: in the style of Andy Warhol
Featured with updated content! Andy Warhol, a key figure in the Pop Art movement, “mass-produced” silk-screened portraits of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. Transferring an image of themselves onto clay and duplicating it several times, students can experiment with color combinations in portraits, just as Warhol did.
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Matisse Prints du Soleil
Featured with updated content! 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.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, K, Special Education
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.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, K, Special Education
Pyramid Book
Featured with new content! This simple bookmaking process creates a pyramid that opens to reveal journal pages for hiding secrets, a container for holding “treasure,” or a model of an actual pyramid.
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Crystal Color Resist Painting
Featured with updated content Brusho is powdered in crystals that explode into color when they come in contact with water. Use it in combination with wax resist to create lines and shapes that repel water and ccreate divided areas of textural color. No heat required!
3, 4, 5, 6, 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.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, K, Special Education
Brand Your Banner
A flag can signify an individual, a small group, or a whole nation. In this lesson students will use rubbing plates with Paintstiks, which become permanent when heat set on fabric, to design and create their very own heraldic flag.
3-12
Chime In with Nature
With a little bit of sculpture wire, canvas, and plaster it’s easy to create a masterful chime that sounds as beautiful as it looks. Students will learn to play with balance and counterbalance to create a kinetic sculpture that functions as an aesthetically pleasing chime. You won’t believe your eyes…or ears!
5-12
Retell a Story
Give unwanted and outdated books a new life, while claiming them for your own by writing and illustrating your own version of the story. Consider changing the ending, location, period in time — anything you can dream of!
3-12
Wacky Weaving
Basket weaving is a practical art form that is quite possibly the longest enduring handicraft. In this lesson students will create a basket with a slight twist to the standard spokes. Yarn, soaked in glue and placed randomly onto a balloon will provide a free-form network of spokes to weave through and about.
3 - 8
Chia Me-A
Turn yourself (or friends, family, and pets) into a real, live chia friend! Create a portrait on an expanding sponge, add water, apply some seeds, and watch the “hair” grow and grow!
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Color Collecting Kit
Turn an old book into a travel journal that stores all kinds of fabulous color finds. Students create their own art kit, then record daily color finds in an organized manner.
5-12
Craft Stick Kinetics
Using notched, wooden sticks, students create a structure that moves on joined pivot points known as fulcrums. Much like a pantagraph or scissor mechanism, it can collapse or expand. Shapes and images on top of the structure move to make playful kinetic art.
3-12
Embroidery Plaster Print
Students will choose a hand-embroidered piece to document in plaster and accompany with a short creative writing piece. Wet plaster is poured onto the fabric, and when dry the fabric can be peeled off, leaving the original piece undamaged. Intricate stich work is crisply transferred, in reverse and relief, to the plaster.
3-12
Foam Quillies
This is a curly, swirly, colorful take on a traditional rug making technique. Also known as “standing” or “beaded” wool carpets, in modern times these whimsical fiber creations have been dubbed “quillies” because they resemble paper quilling. Using strips of sticky-backed, colorful foam in place of wool, students can roll and join shapes to form “quillies” that don’t require needles to assemble.
10, 11, 12, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Infused Medicine Pouch
The personal practice of carrying a small pouch or bag for the purpose of healing, protection, spirituality, and rememberance has spanned many cultures around the globe since ancient times. Enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy with a modern version of the Native American medicine bag.
3-12
Liquid Glitter Painting
Inspired by artist Mickalene Thomas, students assign glamor to everyday people and objects. Glitter can be highly controlled when mixed with medium or clear glue to form a blendable “Liquid Glitter” paint. Even mundane objects become glamorous when they sparkle and shine!
10, 11, 12, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Luminous Black Glue Prints
Decalcomania is a transfer technique used by some early 20th century surrealist painters to acheive spontaneous and uncontrolled art-making. This process presses black glue between two sides of a sheet of paper to create textures resembling tree branches, feathery foliage or frost patterns. Enhanced with metallic watercolor, these prints create moody, luminous landscapes.
3, 4, 5, 10, 12, 11, 6, 7, 8, 9
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
Stellar Embroidery
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
Kintsugi Eggshells
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
Aboriginal "Bark" Painting
Aboriginal "Bark" Painting
5, 6, 7, 8