Any cool art lesson ideas out there for intermediate age elementary students?


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You can't go wrong with Native American Lessons. I have tons of lesson plans left over from when I was student teaching. In the elementary school I student taught at I got to teach a lot of Native American lessons. I designed a lesson plan I was afraid would be too hard, but the kids loved it. I called it the Native American Motif paintings. They were to think about all the things they had learned about native Americans and pick a theme such as symbols (language) , hunting, their homes, some of their beliefs, things of that nature. I had given them a grading rubric that told them what all their paintings HAD to include and then let them choose their color schemes and have their painting Motif okayed by the teacher. This especially helps if the student is having difficulty with the idea of a theme or if they have picked something way too hard for them. Students who have disabilities may need a bit of help but they too can make beautiful paintings. You can use any paint you like , water colors , tempera, acrylic, it all depends on budget and students ages/experience with painting. These paintings not only test what students have learned but also gives them a creative way to express what they found most important about Native American Cultures.
mrsthursday8 years ago
oh i almost forgot look up Gimp on instructables. It's an art program and free! it's fun. We've been playing with the animation feature and having a great ol' time. There is a learning curve but most kids i know are already semi-pro after a couple of weeks.
mrsthursday8 years ago
I've just found a fun little program. It has a bit of a silly interface but it's worth the download.http://www.planet-plopp.com/ It's a 3d program the demo is fun and doesn't seem to have an end date.
Kids or anyone will get instant gratification. All the adults in the house also love it.
karonv8 years ago
My Mother is a Fabulous artist and she is thinking about starting a website where she gives free painting lessons, starting with smaller things then graduating upwards. I dont know if she believes anyone would be interested but I think it's a great idea!! if you like I'm leaving her email address please email her if you think this is a good idea! She is a professional has had some of her paintings purchased and sold as post cards plus gave lessons all her life. Help me inspire her, her name is Joyce and her email is Cks19431946@aol.com Thanks much I appreciate your help here she was diagnosed with ramsyhunt Sydrome and has a little difficulty right now, help me help her to believe in herself again and GET SOME GREAT FREE OIL/WATER/ACRYLIC painting lessons
I am sorry to hear about you Mother's illness. I think many people would be interested in free painting lessons, I being one of them. I would like to know when or if she would start her website. The best of luck to her---
A good way to do things would be to get a book on paper airplanes and then teach the children one of the simple ones. Then, have them color them in their favorite colors.
spectral088 years ago
This one may be a tough lesson to teach younger children, but one relatively easy project a professor had me do (in college) was to create a value scale. Separate a large rectangle into a number of smaller ones i.e. 10" rectangle into 10x1" sections. Paint or otherwise fill in each one with a lighter or darker swatch ranging from pure white to pure black with different grays between. This is much easier than it sounds, but would be a hassle with a large group. Another project you could try is a color wheel. You could simply do primary and secondary colors, or you could include tertiary colors. This is a pain to set up, but you could use a simple template and tell the kids which colors to fill in at which locations.
My Mother is a Fabulous artist and she is thinking about starting a website where she gives free painting lessons, starting with smaller things then graduating upwards. I dont know if she believes anyone would be interested but I think it's a great idea!! if you like I'm leaving her email address please email her if you think this is a good idea! She is a professional has had some of her paintings purchased and sold as post cards plus gave lessons all her life. Help me inspire her, her name is Joyce and her email is Cks19431946@aol.com Thanks much I appreciate your help here she was diagnosed with ramsyhunt Sydrome and has a little difficulty right now, help me help her to believe in herself again and GET SOME GREAT FREE OIL/WATER/ACRYLIC painting lessons
Also, don't overlook simple projects like finger painting to create textures or pointilism (which works very well with markers). Monochromatic projects work well too. They require limited supplies and push students to explore different values and textures. One assignment I had last semester was to make a whole scene using white. It could be 3D, but had to be low relief (no items sticking out more than a few inches). We could use any white items such as: tissues, cotton swabs, paper towels, cloth, etc.
make models of things people like from clay. or you could make pictures in cans by using screw drivers and hammers to punch holes in the cans. You could also make decorite soaps by melting soap then give some to the kids/people to mold into shapes.Lastly you could make wire sculptures
Masterbard8 years ago
'Skateboard' folders or clipboards! - heavy file folders, paper holders, or clipboards (from the dollar store) - car paint spraycans in the small sizes in some basic bright colours - letter stencils or make your own from a funky graffiti or grunge font - transfers, stickers, decals in appropriate styles (skulls, hearts, brand logos) - preteen and teen magazines to cut up for letters and graphics You could google and print some example skateboard decks to inspire the kids, both commercial and 'street art' types. Keep an eye out for inappropriate text or graphics, of course, but let them be creative and freeform with the supplies and you'll have a unique and 'cool' project that's actually useful as well as decorative!
Kiteman8 years ago
At my school, the zombie friends were very popular with the Year 6s (10 years old).

You can search for projects that use the raw materials you already have, or you could try browsing the Kids, Craft or Art sections.
how about making cool diaries or scrapbooks you can design it your own or you can easily make your own you just need papers and a hard cover bind them all and put some art and design like wrappers or scrapbooking papers just punch them all in the center in one side to make a hole to put the lock in if you want it private hope it's gonna be good if you're going to try for it
--Oil Pastel landscapes...If you have photos of landscapes that you can bring in and just have them draw the landscapes, this can improve texture skills and can tie into impressionist artwork/art history lesson?... --Tempera painting...give the kids a large piece of paper and some tempera paint, make sure they ONLY have 1 color at a time(saves you from cleaning up spills), have them paint an object in the room such as a vase with some flowers in it, this can help them improve their brush skills. Also, ask them to bring an old shirt/art-smock. Hope that helped!
orksecurity8 years ago
There's a lot of argument over whether the theory behind it has any merit, but the book _Drawing_On_The_Right_Side_Of_The_Brain_ has some excellent exercises for developing and improving ability to see what's actually there and reproduce it. Obviously there are lots of other craft/art ideas here on Instructables (and elsewhere on the web) that could be adapted, depending on exactly what kinds of skills you want to teach and/or are comfortable teaching.