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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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Faux Stained Glass Lanterns

Examples of intricately-designed stained glass can be found around the world: from gothic and medieval cathedral glass, to the art of Louis Tiffany and John La Farge. This project creates the look of stained glass in a simple process using Scratch-Art® Clear-Scratch™ film and permanent Sharpie® markers.

3 – 8

Felt Bags

This lesson incorporates classroom-friendly acrylic felt and basic sewing/assemblage skills that can be adjusted for various age levels.

3 – 8

Felt Caterpillar

This project is impressionistic in technique and does not require detail.

K – 4

Figurative Slot Sculpture

This project requires students to work with the same issues confronted by professional sculptors, working in the round, the work being understandable to the viewer, and structural stability.

5 – 8

Copper Metal Box

Students are eager to develop artwork unique in terms of creating personnal interpretation of aesthetics. This metal box project stresses the effective use of organizational principals.

9 – 12

Corrugated Cardboard Silhouettes

In this lesson, students cut papers into silhouette forms. The unity of shapes stress the principles and elements of design.

5 – 12

Corrugated Paper

Young people are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings and find squares, rectangles, rounds and the hardest triangles in everyday materials

5 – 8

Creative Paper Making

Teach your students how to make paper with this project.

3 – 8

Curiosity Collage

Found objects, cutouts, photos and a variety of materials are assembled in a sculptural, three-dimensional collage centered around a personal theme.

5 – 12

Decorative Paper Fans

Listed are colorful samples of simple fans. Discuss the importance of fans and how they were used to keep people comfortable for years.

K – 6

Donkey Beads and Bells

Combining clay beadmaking with basic pinch and coil pot construction, students make a musical piece of art.

K – 12

Dug-Out Clay Plaque

Students transform a thick slab of clay into a 3D plaque.

7 – 12

Egyptian Fan

Ancient Egyptians applied gold leaf onto carved wood panels to tell stories and create opulence and on everyday objects. Follow the process these artists used to carve and gild a fan fit for King Tutankhamen.

5 – 12

Embossed Monoprints

Students learn the process of embossing a mono print — an extremely beautiful fine art.

3 – 12

Stylized Cone Icons

Using the example of a suspension bridge, students plan and create a sculpture focused on balance, stability and strength. Foamboard with colorful wire provides a blending of aesthetics and function.

5 – 12

Bead Writing

“Write” names and messages by stringing beads on a bendable wire. Hang finished pieces in a window, string on a necklace or around a hat, pin to a bulletin board or display on a piece of matboard as a piece of art.

5 – 8

Beyond Beads

Beads can be made from a variety of materials, including Wonderfoam, chenille stems and Woodsies

K – 5

Bling Bling Mosaics

The new metallic paints are beautiful. Mix with different types of paints and "Glitter It" mediums to make paper tiles.

K – 6

Braille Paintings

Explore the beauty of Braille

3 – 8

Burlap Weaving

The coarse, open weave of burlap substitutes for a weaving loom in this fiber art project.

5 – 12

Cable Sculpture

Using the example of a suspension bridge, students plan and create a sculpture focused on balance, stability and strength. Foamboard with colorful wire provides a blending of aesthetics and function.

9 – 12

Canvas Screen

Students use all the elements and principles of design.

8 – 12

Cast Handmade Paper

Handmade paper is beautiful in itself. If you add dimension and shape, it becomes a work of art.

5 – 12

Casting Coins

Students will observe the artistic expression used in coins of the past and today.

5 – 12

Clay Wall Pocket Bird Mask

Wall pockets have a long history as decorative and functional items. They have been used for years to hold flowers, perfumes and light sources

5 – 12

Claymation Metamorphosis

An introduction to the basics of Claymation and media production using a familiar scientific theme — the metamorphasis of a butterfly.

5 – 12

Coil-Built Pueblo Bowl

Students explore Native American pottery traditions and discover the purpose behind the animal imagery and geometric patterns used to decorate various pottery forms. Students with kiln access will learn how to use underglazes and glazes to transform their bowls into functional ware

3 – 8

Easy Fabric Batik with Glue

Explore the beauty of fabric batik without the danger of hot wax or dyes. Simply trace a design onto muslin with washable glue and add brilliant color.

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3 – 8

Flip Flop Drawing

A drawing becomes a painting, then flips back to a drawing again as students use variety to explore surfaces, media and techniques.

5 – 12

Float People

"Marc Chagall, is known for his paintings of floating, dream-like people, animals and objects. Students design “Float People” to display their understanding of colorful imaginary images."

K – 6

Gelly Bowls

Dimensional collage using wire mesh and acrylic gel medium. Develop color, texture and design with paint, photocopies, images, music, text, colorful papers and many different objects inside the transaprent gel. Once dry, the form can be easily manipulated into a bowl.

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5 – 12

Hand Signals

"Create a fully posable hand to help students learn to communicate in sign language."

3 – 5

Home Town Map

As they create maps of their route between their homes and their schools, students learn about distance, signs, symbols, landmarks and safety.

K – 6

Lazertran Metal Sculpture

This process takes any computer image and turns it into a 3-dimensional sculpture.

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5 – 12

Martin Puryear-Inspired Basketry

Students learn the importance of negative space while creating a non-traditional basket by focusing on it as a sculptural element rather than a functional object. Being a non-representational form, these abstract baskets draw attention to volume and space and redefine what a basket is intended for.

3 – 12

Mean Green

In painting, color can be used to describe emotions, feelings and ideas. Students select a color and paint a monochromatic theme of their choosing.

K – 12

Mini Monets

This project uses pastels; a favored medium of Impressionist artists – drawn onto matte surface Shrink Film. The chalk of the pastels doesn't actually shrink, it simply condenses along with the film to form rich, intense areas of color.

Watch the Video

3 – 10

Monoprinting with Watercolor Markers

A simple project that introduces students to printing.

1 – 8
Special Education

Multi-Foot Drawing

Develop an awareness of natural lines from unlikely sources. It’s an active lesson that incorporates math, art — and giggles!

K

One Hundred Sprirts

This project memorializes heroes and ancestors in fabric. The disciplines of music and dance combine with the visual arts to produce plays and theatrical presentations of the spirit.

5 – 12

Painted Locket

Over the centuries and across many cultures, lockets have been worn as tiny, portable treasure chests. Students paint the front of a mini canvas and use the back to display a small photo or something with meaning and value.

K – 12
Special Education

Paper Dishes

These papier mâché dishes are an example of utilitarian items that can also be used as décor.

3 – 8

Paper Maki-e

Maki-e translates "sprinkle pictures" – the beautiful art of Japanese lacquerware. To achieve a similar look, cut and glue painted papers to a surface and sprinkle with metallic powdered pigments.

5 – 12

Pastel Fresco Secco

"Secco" is the term used for applying color to dry plaster, the manner Da Vinci used in his famed "The Last Supper." Using Plaster of Paris, students create drawings then purposefully add stress fractures.

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1 – 12

Perfect Proportion

"The “grid method” has been used for centuries to create accurate proportions when painting. Blick Exclusive Artist Grid Canvas makes it easier to place objects from a photograph and plot landscapes, still lifes and portraits."

5 – 12

Primitive Semi-Flat Dolls

There is a rich history in dollmaking techniques throughout the centuries. These soft dolls are painted, stuffed and glued together — so the construction is easy and safe.

4 – 6

Ribbon Weave

"Paper, paint and ribbon are used to develop a pattern with contrasting textures and colors."

K – 6

Shoji Screen

Japanese homes have interior walls that are actually large, movable screens constructed of thin wooden strips and very strong paper — allowing light to shine through. In this lesson plan, three small Shoji screens are created to hang on a wall or stand upright on the floor.

4 – 6

Shrink Art Mosaics

Create your own mosaic pieces — any design, shape or color you want them to be! This project combines the fun and excitement of Shrink Film with the fine art of mosaics.

5 – 12

Simple Pate de Verre

Translated to “glass paste,” the French term Pate de Verre refers to a glass vessel kiln-fired in a mold. This lesson shows how to make a simple one-part mold and glass casting.

5 – 12

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