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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.

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Grade Level

Character Nichos

Students learn to make small, decorated boxes called "Nichos," a means in Mexican and South American cultures to provide a stage-like setting for an object or collection of objects that have great significance.

5 – 8

Kente Cloth

Kente is the name for the beautifully colored, traditional woven fabric of West Africa. Like most African art forms, Kente expresses more than just visual appeal — it represents history, status, religion and social values.

2 – 5

Koi Pond

This interactive torn-paper collage creates pockets for watercolor fish to swim in and may be linked to the study of pond life (science) and Japanese culture.

2 – 5


Found in art and architecture around the world, labyrinths are associated with metaphor, mystery and mythology. Incorporating various materials, students create their own labyrinths that may also be used as a simple game.

K – 12

Lazertran Band T-Shirts

This lesson plan recognizes the correlation between the two art forms as students create a band T-shirt using visual descriptions of particular music styles.

9 – 12

Lazertran Polymer Portraits

Incorporating New Media with traditional art, this process challenges students to use digital images to create a mask or 3-dimensional portrait.

9 – 12

Lazertran Silk Scarf

Students learn the basics of silk screening.

9 – 12

Letters Plus Numbers Equals ART

A painted book in the style of Robert Indiana. This lesson plan challenges students to choose eight ideas that can be stated with one simple word, then assemble them into a painted book.

5 – 12

Light-Capturing Cut Paper Designs

This project combines creating designs and then altering them through the use of light.

9 – 12

Manga & Me

Gives students just starting in cartooning an opportunity to study Manga.

5 – 8

Mardi-Gras Mask

Create unique and dazzling masks with an exciting Mardi Gras sparkle!

5 – 12

Masking Tape Masterpieces

This simple lesson plan encourages students to create patterns by overlapping and defining lines on a canvas panel, and add dimension by incorporating more canvases or objects.

K – 12

Melted Crayon Clay Ornaments

This easy, kid-friendly project creates ornaments that sparkle and shine using Crayola Crayons and Sculpey III oven-bake polymer clay.

K – 6

Melted Paintings

Part Salvidor Dali and part "Shrinky Dinks," this project compels students to reach beyond a traditional, flat painting and feeds their natural hunger for artistic experimentation.

7 – 12

Metal Foil Drawings

The experience of drawing on a lightweight foil is a wonderful exercise for young children and children with special needs.

K – 6

Mini Wall Pockets

Early experiment with construction of slab clay techniques. An excellent introduction to the use of materials in a responsible manner.

K – 4

Minimal Animals

Similar to the Positive and Negative Space activity, this lesson will let the children's imaginations run wild.

5 – 8

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 – 12

Molded Clay Faces

The expressive qualities of clay are perfect for creating many different types of face masks, from Mardi Gras glitter to Japanese Kabuki to African ceremonial masks.

K – 8

Mosaic Tiles

A very easy mosaic project that is enjoyable for all ages. Even very young children will enjoy pressing objects into the moist clay.

K – 4

Mythical Beasts

Students create a character — half human, half animal — write a story and build a paper maché sculpture of their creation.

5 – 12

Native American Burlap Weaving

Students will learn about Native American craft art, basketry, rugs, clothes. These crafts were decorative as well as utilitarian, made for everyday use and also for ceremonial use. Students will also learn the use of symmetrical designs in Native American art.

3 – 6

Native American Medicine Shields

Teach students about the unique symbolism of Native American culture while they learn valuable design and drawing skills.

K – 4

Nature Print Silk Suncatchers

This project is a great way to teach color mixing and will easily link with social studies disciplines following Asian cultures (Japanese and Chinese silk painting) and also with science, as botanical studies.

3 – 8

Navajo Sand Painting

This lesson plan will help students relate to and understand a Native American Culture as well as helping them learn geographical directions.

3 – 8

Fingerprint Beads

Certain people influence our lives in such a way that they leave "fingerprints" behind. These simple beads make great friendship bracelets.

5 – 8

Hand-Colored History

Students will easily connect with historical studies of their own community or family history.

5 – 12

Handmade Books

Children will create their own journals, sketchbooks, or scrapbooks with this project.

K – 12

Heavy Metal Journals

Students learn an easy and economical form of metal working.

8 – 12

How Grandmother Spider Stole the Sun

Students will be introduced to a Native American story, "How Grandmother Spider Stol the Sun", told by Joseph Brucha. They will use this to create a work of art out of clay and other materials, rather than paint and paper.

K – 4

Huichol Yarn Painting

Students learn to apply yarn painting techniques in combining their ideas and their art.

K – 8

Impressionist-Style Painted Tile

Through the study of Impressionist painters and their works students will select their own color palette and design an impressionistic scene reminiscent of those painted in the mid 1800s.

5 – 12

Inuit Bear Carving

The single most represented subject in North American Arctic art and legend is the polar bear. Easy-to-carve foam can be used to resemble soapstone sculptures.

5 – 8

Flexi-Cut Collagraph

Students will employ easy-to-use and safe materials in an introductory printmaking lesson.

K – 8

Flower Children

Every child is a flower! Their self portraits are fun and make a beautiful garden in the classroom. Oil pastels and wiggly eyes brighten the flowers.

K – 4

Foam Punch

Punched tin and metal is an old, traditional craft that involves creating holes in metal with sharp tools to form a design. Original designs were abstract patterns. This safe and colorful version is also abstract.

K – 6

Free Form Vessel

Using a balloon and coffee can base, create a sturdy vessel with Sculptamold compound. Finished pieces can be painted and embellished with mosaics and collage matierals.

5 – 12

Free-Form Stencil Drawing

Choose three shapes from a design and build a new composition by repeating and combining these shapes to communicate an idea or story.

5 – 12

Glass Mosaic Panels or Tiles

Students design and make a finished product that involves breaking up their 2D design and adjusting it into a relief.

5 – 12

Glass Painting with Pebeo

Brightly colored paintings look like stained glass.

9 – 12

Global Village

These paper dolls are wonderful to combine with the Global Village Paper. They can easily be turned into old-fashioned paper dolls, displayed in chains and hung. Or create a globe and arrange dolls around the total outside edge.

K – 5

Golden Door Book

Using The Golden Door as a theme to search for historical and aesthetic content, students create a paper collage containing relevant images, text and expressions.

5 – 12

Good Fortune Boxes

This lesson plan celebrates the Chinese tradition of passing along good fortune or "Fu" to others.

K – 8

Gouache and Wood-Burned Designs

Discover wood burning craft techniques and the traditional paint medium of gouache.

3 – 12

Graph Paper Patterns

Adaptable for almost any age level, the basis for this lesson is very simple: define a space and fill it with a repetition of color, line and shape to make what we define as a Pattern.

3 – 8

Expanded Images

This drawing project gives creativity a nudge by having children select a photo to start the drawing and then expanding it with related subject matter drawn all around it.

K – 3

Fabric Paint Hanging

Although it is commonly used as a decorative medium for clothing, fabric paint is also used as a fine art medium

K – 6

Family Tree

Children have many family members and pets and friends who are "honorary" family. Have students discuss their family and describe how they look.

K – 4

Fan Club for Artists

This project is a unique, fun lesson in establishing a hero and developing an Artists' Hall of Fame.

9 – 12

Faux Fossil Fun

Experience an archeological dig, right in your own classroom! Students create fossils the way that nature does - by making impressions and filling them

K – 12

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