Art Gallery

Art Gallery lesson plan

I know I can paint like Picasso!

  • 1.

    Collaborate with your school's art teacher or a local artist to present artistic techniques to students. Allow time for student questions and comments about the techniques.

  • 2.

    Organize a class trip to a local art museum that has a well-known artist's work on exhibit. Ask the museum tour guide to share background knowledge about the artist with children. Upon returning to the classroom, students meet in small groups to discuss what they have learned and how they believe they can implement some of the studied artist's techniques.

  • 3.

    Invite local artists to show art techniques such as how to use modeling compound or watercolors. Involve children creatively. After the artist visit, talk with students about what they have learned from the meeting.

  • 4.

    Provide a variety of art materials and construction paper for students to use in creating their own masterpieces. Have students cover their work area with recycled materials prior to beginning their work. At the close of the work time, allow all pieces to dry overnight.

  • 5.

    Provide time in the school day for each student to show his artwork to the class and explain what techniques he used, as well as how he adapted his learning to create the original work.


  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • LA: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade level reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
  • SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.
  • SS: Explore factors that contribute to one's personal identity such as interests, capabilities, and perceptions.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.
  • VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.


  • Possible classroom resources include: van Gogh and the Sunflowers (Anholt's Artists Books for Children) by Laurence Anholt; Matisse the King of Color (Anholt's Artists Books for Children Series) by Laurence Anholt; Degas and the Little Dancer (Anholt's Artists Books for Children) by Laurence Anholt; Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail (Anholt's Artists) by Laurence Anholt; The Magical Garden of Claude Monet (Anholt's Artists) by Laurence Anholt
  • Encourage students to name their artwork and be prepared to explain how they arrived at the titles.
  • Encourage students to view a variety of well-known artwork. Have students discuss what they view in each of the pieces. Suggest students look at the use of color, lines, shading, etc.