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Lesson Plans

  1. Honor African American Leaders lesson plan

    Honor African American Leaders

    Who was the first Black woman in North America to be elected mayor? Daurene Lewis, from Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. Sh

  2. Swirls Nature Designs

    Swirls: Nature's Designs

    What happens when you combine an art technique called sgraffito with the beauty of spiral designs in nature? You get a c

  3. Picturing Pets

    Picturing Pets

    Do animals have feelings? Read about famous animals who have displayed human like emotions. Create expressive “pet portr

  4. Story Paintings

    Story Paintings

    Students strengthen observation and memory skills with primitive style paintings depicting holiday and/or seasonal activ

  5. Animalabilia

    Animalabilia

    Tie together shaped poetry with watercolor animal sketches to create a cohesive artistic expression with a very silly si

  6. Kahn's Kolors

    Modern artist Wolf Kahn is well known as a Color Field painter and a landscape artist. He has combined both interests in

  7. The Crown of Cleopatra

    Antony and Cleopatra have been the subject of a tale fraught with drama for many years. Cleopatra was always depicted we

  8. Quilt a-Way

    Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson not only is a great story about the African American culture and the significance of quil

  9. Everyday Influences

    Our vocabulary and lives are filled with words, sayings and things from other countries. They have become part of our ev

  10. Old Bears Season's

    Old Bear's Seasons

    After reading Old Bear by Kevin Henkes, students are inspired to create beautiful seasonal scenes with lots of line and

  11. Freeze Frame

    Freeze Frame

    Freeze an adorable face forever in this frosty frame.

  12. The Important Thing about Me

    Create a classroom book! Combine short narratives with art to make a compelling piece of original literature.

  13. Round Square

    Round, Square, Pointed, Flat

    What shapes are people’s houses? Discover diverse dwellings—and make dioramas representing them—from around the world.

  14. Storytelling with Texture

    Students extend the story in the book Extra Yarn by placing themselves into the storyline.

  15. Cracked Cups: Fractured Beauty

    Does something need to be perfect to be beautiful? Middle school students will reflect on broken objects and create “fra

  16. Ebb & Flow

    Ebb and Flow

    Make a simple moveable painting in watercolors and markers to illustrate how tides affect the life and landscape along t

  17. Bunches of Bananas

    Bunches of Bananas

    Bananas are a ubiquitous fruit—but what do children really know about them? Explore how banana plants grow, their fibers

  18. Welcome to America

    Welcome to America

    Design a miniature Statue of Liberty—to scale! Inspire small groups of future engineers, poets, lawyers, and journalists

  19. Historical Card Fun

    Create a deck of cards using historical people as subjects. Along with the name of the person include fun facts. The car

  20. Mondrian Madness

    Mondrian Madness

    Create a “Mondrian-like” world by simply using squares, rectangles and primary colors!

  21. Jeremy Draws a Monster

    Jeremy is a little boy who never leaves his room until the demanding monster he draws to entertain himself forces him to

  22. Winged Weavings

    Create a multi-media weaving that pops with texture and is crowned with a majestic bird drawing.

  23. Arctic Animals

    Arctic Animals

    Students use their knowledge of geometry to skate the Polar Regions with the Arctic animals!

  24. Color Cubes

    Color Cubes

    Transfer your knowledge of the color wheel to a color cube!

  25. Klee Shape Castles

    Klee Shape Castles

    Combine simple shapes and splashes of color to create Klee-like castles.

  26. Cool Chameleons

    Cool Chameleons

    Explore Martin Jenkin’s book, Chameleons Are Cool, and find out why chameleons change color. Then create your own chamel

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    Proud Poetry

    Play a game in pairs that challenges students to describe and classify their knowledge and research into one word catego

  28. Haiku Zoo

    Haiku Zoo

    Count the swinging, roaring and munching animals in this wild haiku zoo – and then count the syllables too!

  29. Livey Leaf Watercolor

    Lively Leaf Watercolors

    Explore warm and cool colors and glue drawing in these breathtaking leaf watercolor paintings.

  30. Soup Can Art: Ordinary or Extraordinary?

    Billboards, commercials, vibrant packaging…. Invite students to focus intently on just one of the many stimuli they are

  31. embassy benches

    Embassy Benches

    Engage students in real life problem solving by inviting them to play the role of artists commissioned to create works o

  32. Masters of Illusion

    Crayola Masters of Illusion

    “Artists are Masters of Illusion” In this art project a series of simple images, with simple variations, are sequenced

  33. Not Even a Little Scary

    Confront those scary fears of bumps in the night with this lesson. Students draw parts of monsters and reassemble in a c

  34. Hands on History

    Customs and traditions connect cultures, peoples and families. This art piece celebrates the connective fibers of our fa

  35. Washington Crosses the Delaware

    In the cold and ice George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River in 1776 in Durham boats to surprise the

  36. Charles Darwin's Findings

    Charles Darwin was a naturalist and geologist best known for his evolutionary theories. While visiting the Galapagos Isl

  37. Dry Erase Trio

    Dry-Erase to Digital

    Students can create anything 2-dimensional on a Crayola® Dry-Erase Board. Take a digital image and upload to a class dro

  38. Busy Spider

    A Busy Spider

    Explore nature and art through Eric Carle’s book about a busy spider.

  39. Chalk Shadows

    Stepping into Shadows

    Taking art outdoors, this lesson explores shadows and light through contour figure drawings. Students will have fun imag

  40. Mobile

    Peace Mobiles

    Inspire discussion of basic human needs and world peace with this mobile design project. Integrate social studies, langu

  41. Silly Socks

    Silly Socks

    After enjoying the book “Smelly Socks” by R. Munsch with the class, discuss the biographical information that can be gat

  42. Warhol

    Way Out Warhol

    Have fun with color in a way that Andy Warhol did! Use copy machine copies as the basic work while students focus on the

  43. Together We Can

    Together We Can

    The book, Swimmy by L. Lionni, inspires a paper painting mural by students recreating a major event in the book! Art an

  44. PredatorPrey

    Predator and Prey

    This Science + Art activity has students incorporating fact-based drawings while using their color illustrations to find

  45. clean lines

    Clean Lines

    This fun-folding sculpture transforms basic cardstock into a sparkling statement as glitter catches light! Students make

  46. Martin's Maquette

    In 2016, at the US Embassy in Beijing, China, a special sculpture will be installed. Invite students to create a mini ve

  47. Making Matches

    Making Matches!

    Polka dots with stripes…peanut butter burritos…that’s just the beginning of “mismatches” for delightfully diverse Mariso

  48. Fractal Facts

    Recurring patterns are found in nature in many different things. They are called fractals. Think of a snow flake, peaco


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