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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.


Sculpt a Sea Urchin!
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NEW VIDEO LESSON PLANS

Grade Level

NEW! Arpilleras: featuring Paper Clip Faux Felting

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.

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3 – 12
Special Education

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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3 – 12

NEW! Collagraph Paper Casts

A surprisingly fuss-free process for creating low-relief paper casts — minus the mold and messy pulp

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3 – 12

NEW! Data and Design

Forget bar graphs and pie charts! Data recorded as design creates a STEAM-y relationship between art, math and science!

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5 – 12

NEW! 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 create a giant collaborative classroom installation!

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3 – 9
11 – 12

NEW! Geomorphic Watercolor Mosaics

A geomorphologist studies the way the forces of nature shape the earth's surface. Andrew Goldsworthy focuses on the way the forces of nature shape the things made by humans. In this lesson, create a mosaic from both natural and manufactured objects. If placed outdoors, nature will continue to work on the mosaic and the human elements will weather away.

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3 – 12

NEW! Gilded Pinch Pots

The most basic form of hand-forming pottery takes a dazzling new direction - no kiln required!

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K – 12

NEW! Glue-Relief Plaster Cast Printmaking

Glue it, cast it, print it! Ingeniously trasfer a hardened glue "painting" into a plaster printing plate.

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3 – 11
Special Education

NEW! Monet's Watercolor Lilies

French Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s Water Lilies are featured in more than 250 of his oil paintings. Create a classroom “Giverny Garden” by arranging watercolor paper petals into overlapping layers and applying liquid watercolors using a variety of techniques.

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3 – 12
Special Education

NEW! Paper Leather Journal

Paper leather can be embossed, distressed, sewn and combined with leather scraps and lacing to look and feel like an antique book. With a simple tab-cut binding, this journal is the perfect home for artistic thoughts and sketches.

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5 – 12

NEW! Personalized Signet Rings

Signet rings are popular today as jewelry, but have a history dating back to ancient times! Worn on the finger of important dignitaries and pressed into wax, they served as the unbreakable signature and seal on documents that affected the course of history. In this lesson, students make a personal, functional stamp that's always within arm's reach ... literally!

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5 – 12

NEW! Posterized Clay Portraits

“Finger Paint” with clay and create a modern selfie-style portrait with the look of ancient pottery.

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5 – 12

NEW! Stand Up Soft City

Students will block print an image of their chosen building on the front and write on the back of a self-standing soft sculpture. Together they'll create their own stand up soft city that highlights the architectural forces within their community.

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5 – 8

NEW! Yupo Art Deco Lantern

The Roaring '20s were a time of great economic prosperity leading to an explosion of social, artistic, and cultural exuberance. During this period, Art Deco was born, a style that uses bright colors and precious metals combined with complex, repeating patterns. Make an Art Deco-influenced lantern using Chroma Molten Metals acrylic paints to "guild" a pattern onto translucent Yupo paper.

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3 – 12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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