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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.


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NEW VIDEO LESSON PLANS

Grade Level

NEW! Hanko and Chop

In traditional Asian culture, individuals used a small, unique stamp to sign documents and artwork. In this lesson, students design a personal “chop” - not just the seal portion, but a self-identifying handle as well. Wooden shapes may be used to create stylized figures that may look like toys, but are really small-scale sculptures. Functional pieces with the emphasis on “fun!”

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5 – 12

NEW! In the Cosmic Flow

In this lesson, students build a bisque-fired, convex disc, then pour, drip, and tilt to make an “action painting” that looks like the swirling surface of a planet. Create a classroom galaxy!

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3 – 12

NEW! Join the Barn Quilt Trail!

The 21st century has seen a resurgence of Barn Quilts, honoring the historic connection between farming and quilting. Students can easily create a quilt square without sewing, paint, or glue using colorful, peel-and-stick craft foam.

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K – 8

NEW! Solving the Art Puzzle

With an emphasis on emphasis, the elements of art and principles of design become a puzzle to be solved.

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5 – 12

NEW! Spherical Sculpture

The works of Mexican artist Yvonne Domenge demonstrate the way that the space surrounding a sculpture can be just as expressive as the solid structure. Using Modeling Pulp Board — an inexpensive material that bends when wet and becomes rigid again when dry — students discover form in both positive and negative space.

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5 – 12

NEW! Turn It Up!

Make a cell phone amplifier by mixing clay with a little bit of science. A cone shape amplifies existing speakers by confining sound waves and aiming them all in one direction.

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5 – 12

NEW! Welcome to my Hive

In a honey bee community, one can find a level of cooperation and collaborative teamwork that exists nowhere else on earth. Students consider the people in their “hive” and design a “honeycomb” that credits those who keep the community humming.

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2 – 12

Poured Polar Aurora

To mimic the colorful ribbons of light viewed in a polar aurora, tempera paint can be poured out onto a surface and manipulated by the force of gravity into unique glow-in-the dark patterns. The addition of a landscape silhouette gives the viewer the information needed to perceive the paint pour as patterns in the night sky.

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2 – 12

Luminous "Fossil" Prints

To illustrate how these fossils are formed, leaves and other natural materials can be pressed into soft clay. While the clay is moist and the leaf is held in place, a layer of “sediment” in the form of lustrous powdered pigment can be finger-applied to create a detailed outline. When dry, these shimmering, colorful “fossils” can be made into pendants, ornaments, charms, and more.

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K – 12
Special Education

Spiral-Cut Chandeliers

Whimsical, colorful, and much easier than one would expect, these paper creations make festive decorations for mere pennies. A simple spiral cut — a line that starts on the edge of a circle and continues to the center — is the only skill needed. No glue, no extra construction. The secret is starting with multiple conjoined circles.

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K – 8

Dot, Dot, Dimension

Yayoi Kusama is obsessed with dots and has been using them since her role as an avant-garde artist in 1960s counterculture. And why not? Dots are fun, dots are fast, dots are universal. They can be rounded or spherical, they can rise above a surface or remain flat. Anyone can start with a dot, diverge to a pattern, and end with a painting or assemblage. The trick is repetition — of shape, sizes, colors, and patterns.

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K – 12
Special Education

Fiber Mesh Mash

A staple for needle crafts, plastic mesh canvas becomes the base for a textural fiber and wire mash-up. An open-ended introduction to fiber art, this lesson provides students with a means to create a base structure. Once this substrate is in place, students follow their own path of exploration and experimentation, discovering the many ways fibers can communicate color, texture, and form.

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3 – 12

Op Art Spinners

In this lesson plan, students create their own hand-held “fidget spinners” as kinetic art — discs, gears, and designs that rotate around a center axis. When patterns and colors on multiple layers spin together, they can fool the eye and create colorful illusions. Take one for a spin!

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3 – 12

Sculpt a Sea Urchin!

Use the bases of discarded containers to make a plaster sea urchin sculpture. Many bases are already divided into fifths — perfect symmetry for a sea urchin “test”, or shell. Embellish dry plaster by adding dots of paint using a paintbrush handle, detail writers, or a small squeeze bottle. Create an entire colony of sea creatures for the classroom!

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K – 8

Shibori Sensation

Using the traditional Japanese method of tie-dyeing called Shibori, students create a graphic wall piece of dyed muslin. Tie, fold, crimp, and bind muslin to create gorgeous patterning. Once submerged in the natural indigo dye, the fabric is transformed. Students share fabric patterns that are juxtaposed and embellished with stitching for added interest. Shibori also makes a great t-shirt, apron, or bag!

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3 – 12

Tempera Enameling

The French enameling technique known as “Champlevé” is a process in which cells are created in metal, filled with glass powders, and fired until fused. This lesson employs tooling foil and high-gloss paint to achieve a “cold” technique that simulates fused metal.

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5 – 12

A Drone's Eye View

A whole new perspective on the landscape! Create map-like art using readily-available satellite imagery.

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3 – 12

Altered Alebrijes

Inspired by vibrantly painted papier-mâché and carved sculptures from Mexico, students fashion a fantastical creature from an old toy that's no longer in use.

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2 – 12

Arp, Art & Intuition

Can art be random and happen by chance? Or, must it follow rules and be well-planned? This lesson is an exercise in intuitive drawing and writing based on the art of Jean (aka Hans) Arp, a pioneer of abstract art known for making randomness and chance part of his process.

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3 – 12
Special Education

Constructed Reed Sculpture

Reed is an inexpensive and easy-to-use medium with diverse possibilities. This process demonstrates how reeds can be inserted into corrugated channels that will hold them in place and easily release them as well.

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3 – 12

Painted “Glass” Light-Catching Rings

Stained glass artists of the Middle Ages developed vitreous paint that could be applied to the glass surface in much the same way as a canvas. Merging glass art and painting allowed artists to achieve beautiful, back-lit scenes. This process uses acrylic paint and medium to create translucent artwork within a ring.

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K – 12
Special Education

Print a Patch!

Easily create a distinctive iron-on patch using a linoleum block, paint and ink pencils. Make a patch to unite members of a club, such as art or archery club, or just make a visual representation of a personal passion. Making multiples is easy and the color can be changed for each patch using Derwent Inktense pencils with water and fabric medium.

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5 – 12

Stark Raving Paper Art

How can a flat piece of paper become a 3-dimensional relief sculpture with only one fold? The answer lies in multiple layers! Students use math skills to create contour shapes that recede in space and then expand again, while learning about a popular contemporary artist.

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3 – 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.

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K – 12

Layer & Scratch

Explore inner emotions using multiple layers and materials. The artist, Jesse Reno, uses trial and error, along with intuition to guide his process. Using wax pastels, acrylics and other media such as markers, many layers of imagery are created on a canvas panel. A fettling knife or tool allows scratching through layers to reveal the white of the canvas underneath. Is it finished? Only the artist knows.

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3 – 12

Veils of Light and Color

In speaking of stained glass windows found in gothic-era cathedrals, French architect Viollett-le-Duc referred to them as “veils of light and color...” This project is far simpler than producing stained glass-type artwork, where pieces fit together and are separated by lead lines. By eliminating those aspects of construction, students are free to use shape, value, and color as they like, with the added element of light to illuminate their creations.

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K – 12
Special Education

Join the Flock!

Craft a whimsical mixed media sculpture using remnants stored in your "nest". Combine fabric or paper scraps, raffia, pipe cleaners, bits of airdry clay and paint to make an interesting bird or animal sculpture.

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2 – 8

Make your Mark with a Handmade Brush!

Create a customized mark-making brush for ink sketching or painting. Use a brush ferrule to attach sticks, bamboo pieces or upcycled plastic pen cases to make beautiful brushes.

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5 – 12

I, Robot

This lesson plan gives students an opportunity to imagine what they would look like as bionic beings. Starting with a dimensional outline of their own features, students use metallic foil, paints, and discarded electronic components to turn their image into science fiction selfies.

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3 – 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!

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3 – 8

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

Pierced Porcelain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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