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45 Cool 6th Grade Art Projects Your Students Will Enjoy Making
June 1, 2022 // by Nicole Muir
Your 6th grade students can create some excellent design projects as they learn about the elements of design and famous artworks, as well as artists, from the past. Whether your students are working on drawings or mixed media assignments using a colored pencil, watercolor, or clay, they will be learning many valuable skills.
If you are an art teacher, mainstream classroom teacher, or any type of instructor, you will be able to find many different resources to support the childrens' artistic experiences. You will be able to lead your students in these lessons and create these crafts with simple materials you will likely already have.
1. Geometric Hearts
Your students can create dimensions using different shading techniques. This activity can especially be implemented around Valentine's Day . Your students can also play with different shades of the same color to achieve this special effect.
Learn more: deepspacesparkle.com
2. Dream Home Floor Plan
This fantastic activity can be accomplished with very simple materials: a piece of paper and markers. Your students can try their hand at outlining the house they live in. They can fill extra work time by designing their dream home. You will be surprised how they fill in the sections!
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3. Oil Pastel Line, Color, and Movement
You can support your students as they learn about the elements of art: line, color, and movement in this oil pastel project. You can challenge your students to use many different colors, create patterns, or experiment with smudging the oil pastels.
Learn more: incredibleart.org
4. Pop Art Pizza
This pop art project will allow your students to connect with Andy Warhol, an artist from the past, as they integrate popular culture images. This lesson can be supported by the teacher encouraging them to use bright and bold colors to make their work pop.
Learn more: elementsoftheartroom.blogspot.com
5. Sharpie Cone
This design looks very intricate but is simple to achieve. Including this project in your next art period will engage your students as they work to achieve this effect. This is an awesome project to add to your yearly art rotation because the results look so interesting!
Learn more: artwithmrsfilmore.com
6. Decorative Paper Lanterns
These paper lanterns can be beautiful and informative. The possibilities are endless with this cool papercraft. You could set a theme or color scheme for your students to work with or create designs in the styles of past artists.
Learn more: greenbayartroom.blogspot.com
7. Onomatopoeia Art
Integrating literacy into your tasks will benefit your art students. This task combines literacy and math to allow your students to illustrate words that communicate sound to readers. This is an interesting design challenge for any young artist!
Learn more: jamestownelementaryblog.blogspot.com
8. Creature Painting
9. Origami Dragon Eye
These eyes draw you in so much that you forget that they are origami! If your class is currently learning about reptiles in science class, then this is the perfect activity to integrate into your next session.
10. Still Life Jar
Creating this still life jar is reminiscent of sketchbook drawings. This is a great 6th grade art project because it allows students to practice a variety of vital skills. It looks like a fancy project but the process is easy to achieve for your young learners!
Learn more: artteacherinla.com
11. Winter Sloth
Your students can channel their inner sloth by designing the cute winter creature. They will paint their winter sloth in the foreground and color the rest of the entire paper with beautiful white and blue tones to achieve this snowy and icy result.
12. Sugar Skull Art
Your students can create these fantastic Day of the Dead projects using bright colors to make their creations pop and stand out. This is the perfect project to teach your students about the importance of symmetry in artistic works as well as the importance of picking the right images.
Learn more: glittermeetsglue.com
13. Camouflage Drawing Challenge
Students can create these designs with pencil and then outline their work again with a black Sharpie or black marker. You could even try having the students do this activity a little differently - using white pencil crayons on black construction paper.
Learn more: theartofeducation.edu
14. Piet Mondrian Suncatchers
The finished product will make all the work and time worthwhile. Using some paint, a picture frame, and a few other basic materials, you can have an art lesson that focuses on a brilliant artist from the past while letting your students connect to art history in their own way.
Learn more: schooltimesnippets.com
15. Paul Klee Art
Your sixth grade art students can also learn about this creative artist by creating their own work. This is a quick project that can be done with on-hand materials that can be made into squares of color. It can turn into a writing project about the artist's life.
Learn more: 123homeschool4me.com
16. Foil Painting
This project features a shiny background and a classic project. Students can paint whatever they’d like, but spacescapes and bold geometric patterns are a great place to start. It’s also a great introduction to concepts like medium and texture.
Learn more: Kitchen Table Classroom
17. Clay Flower Bouquets
This project helps students render images in 3D, thanks to the painted paper background and modeling clay flowers in the foreground. It’s also a great segue into learning about artists who featured flowers with different techniques, such as O’Keeffe and Van Gough.
Learn more: Painted Paper Art
18. Sculptures with Calder
These mini versions of huge public-space sculptures help students identify and understand the important elements of installations. The small paper sculptures draw on Calder’s style, which features funky shapes and bright colors. It’s a fun way to explore abstract sculpture, too!
Learn more: Pink Stripey Socks
19. Minecraft Selfies
In this project, students recreate a selfie in a Minecraft-inspired self-portrait. It’s a great way to use graph paper and to get kids thinking in 3 dimensions with some safe squares to guide their proportions. Plus, the style is super familiar to 6th graders!
Learn more: Art Projects for Kids
20. Captivating Visuals with Pulled String
Teach your kids about the essence of spirals with this simple activity. The technique relies on experience and experimentation, so it’s a great piece for discussion and practicing prediction skills. The best part is that it makes good use of the leftover strings and watercolors that you have from previous projects!
Learn more: Tinker Lab
21. Alien Creature Name Art
Kids will love learning about form and shape with this name art project. First, they write their names in block letters, being careful with the “highs” and “lows” of each letter. Then, they mirror that shape and decorate it like an alien creature. The final product is highly personalized on several different levels!
Learn more: Happiness is Homemade
22. Corner Bookmarks
These DIY bookmarks are different from the traditional strips of paper, and they’re highly customizable. Simply teach your students how to fold the basic shape and base of the bookmark, and then set them free to decorate it however they’d like!
Learn more: Etsy
23. 2-Ingredient Cloud Dough
This hands-on activity makes an easy tactile dough that students can use for modeling future projects or just for fun. It only takes a few minutes to make the dough, and unlike other slime or dough projects, this one actually smells really great!
Learn more: Woo Jr.
24. Handmade Journals
Sixth grade is a big year for most kids since it marks the end of their elementary school days and the beginning of their middle school years. Help them make a journal where they can track their experiences, struggles, and achievements throughout this key time in their lives. These journals also make great gifts for holidays.
Learn more: A Beautiful Mess
25. T-Shirt Yarn for Big Projects
You can use old, unwanted t-shirts and other cotton garments to make a strong, thick yarn. Then, use this yarn for heavy-duty projects such as rugs. Kids can easily learn “arm knitting” and complete the project without any fancy equipment.
Learn more: eHow
26. Woven Friendship Bracelets
This summer camp classic is a fun way to introduce the weaving medium to students, and also a great way to encourage camaraderie in the classroom. It uses a basic round cardboard loom and embroidery thread. You can also through in some beads and other decorations to make the bracelets extra special!
Learn more: Michael Ann Made
27. Scratch Art
Have kids start by making the background colors with oil pastels on construction paper. Then, completely cover those colors with black oil pastel. Finally, take a toothpick, disposable skewer, or disposable chopstick and start scratching patterns from the black layer. The colors will really shine through!
Learn more: Nurture Store
28. Parodies of American Gothic
In this drawing project, students will look at the classic painting American Gothic and discuss the underlying messages, themes, and context of the painting. Then, they’ll make a contemporary version that plays on the same themes in today’s context.
Learn more: The Lost Sock
29. Nebula Jars
This piece uses upcycled glass jars, cotton balls, paint, and glitter to make a galaxy that you can hold in your hand. The end result is really astounding, even though the project itself is very straightforward. It’s a great way to tie in science lessons or even popular culture in the art classroom.
Learn more: Mom Dot
30. Upcycled Planters
These handmade planters are a great way to use up the plastic containers that are left around the classroom. Students can use a variety of materials and media to decorate the containers, and the finished product makes an excellent gift or keepsake.
Learn more: Craving Some Creativity
31. Raised Salt Painting
Just by adding a bit of salt and glue to standard watercolors, you can create a whole new level to basic paintings. Try combining the raised salt paint with normally painted backgrounds to teach kids about texturing and highlighting.
Learn more: Artful Parent
32. Sidewalk Chalk Paint
This activity is perfect for a lovely summer day. It also makes great use of leftover or otherwise unusable sidewalk chalk that’s left lying around. With some water and oil, you can make sturdy chalk paint that will allow your kids to decorate the sidewalks with bold and beautiful creations.
Learn more: The Best Ideas for Kids
33. Painting with Bubbles
In this activity, students use bubbles to paint with watercolors. Then, they can either stop there or use the interesting colors and unpredictable patterns as a background for further painting. It’s a fun new way to think outside the box and lay an unexpected and flexible foundation for the final product.
Learn more: Early Learning Ideas
34. Recycle Fabric Mache Bowls
These make for a great gift, and with the right shape, they’re great for holding plants, too. You can use leftover plastic containers as the base, and upcycled fabric too. It’s a great way to open up a conversation about reusing and recycling with your kids.
Learn more: Mosswood Connections
35. Japanese Wire Sculpture
This is a great lesson in expression and representation because kids look at everyday or natural objects. Then, with a variety of colors, they wrap wire to represent these objects. The best part is that they always have tactile access to the items while they’re working, so they can experiment with different ways to get the right shapes, sizes, and representations.
36. Accordion Books
Middle schoolers love to tell stories, and an accordion book is a great way to express their experiences. You can use all kinds of materials and media to illustrate the book, and the easy layout of the book means that kids can focus on the content rather than the construction.
Learn more: Joanne Sharpe Art
37. Pancake Art
This out-of-the-box project takes you out of the classroom and into the kitchen. Using pancake batter of different colors, make patterns and pictures in the pan. It’s a fast-paced activity and the results are delicious!
Learn more: Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers
38. Build Your Own Magnetic Building Set
This is a project that keeps on giving. Using upcycled cardboard, magnets, and some decorating materials, you can make your very own magnetic building set. This is a great way to introduce STEAM concepts and practice form and physics together.
39. Glass Gem Magnets
This activity requires students to think small. The whole “canvas” of the project is the size of a button, so students should carefully select what they highlight on each magnet. The glass gem on top gives a cool distortion effect. These pieces make great gifts or collectibles.
40. Objects in Detail
Here, students will look at the tiny details of everyday objects and then recreate them in larger proportions. It’s a great study in still life, and it gives a new perspective to things that students are used to seeing. Offer complex and interestingly shaped objects for kids to manipulate and draw in the classroom.
Learn more: Arte a Scuola
41. Design a Tiny House
Kids will have fun designing a tiny house that will meet their functional needs while also being visually appealing. It’s a great lesson in form and function, and it’s a fun way to get to know students’ hobbies and interests as well!
Learn more: Teachers Pay Teachers
42. Milk Carton Design
In this project, students learn about advertising in their daily lives. Then, they design a milk carton to try to make a normal object even more appealing. Talk about the different techniques, styles, and trends in advertising and packaging to really drive these points home.
Learn more: Tracy Fortune
43. Botanical Prints
All you need is some leaves or petals from the great outdoors and some simple watercolors. Use the leaves and petals as a stamp to create patterns and scenes. The final product can be as complex or as simple as the young artist desires. Be aware that these pieces do take a long time to dry.
44. Cell Phone Holder
This practical project results in a customized and handy mobile phone stand. It is a great gift item, and it’s a fun way to work with clay. Many clay projects have become predictable pinch-pots, so it’s great to see new techniques and end products in clay.
Learn more: Hatiffant
45. Reductionist Prints with Kieth Haring
This is a great way to explore recent art history and a new medium. Students make multiple prints of the same image, changing the colors as they go along. The result is bold and colorful statement pieces that really showcase their creativity.
Learn more: Chucks and Crayons
These tasks are beneficial to add to any art lesson rotation you might have. Many of them use simple materials or basic supplies. They can also be made more complex or challenging regarding the design elements if you feel your students would enjoy taking on more intricate tasks.
There is also a lot your students can learn from these tasks. Learning about different elements of design, like movement, color, and line, for example. You can also use these ideas as springboards into discussions about artists from the past that still have stylist influence today. Your grade six students will have fun and learn while they do it!
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Step 1: Create Learning Objectives / Goals
Think about the final objective for your lesson. What do you want your students to accomplish? These objectives should be measurable and relate to any state or country standards you may have. In the U.S.A., the federal standards are found on the Getty website . You should have around three objectives for each lesson. If you have too many, the lesson becomes too complicated and is more difficult to assess.
Step 2: Write Activities That Support Your Objectives / Goals
Create at least one activity that will address your objectives and standards. IAD includes hundreds of lessons that offer a variety of styles. If you find one you like, you can use it as a template for your own lessons. It is important that your activity is age appropriate. Sometimes determining this requires some experience.
Because anyone can submit a lesson on IAD, some may not have the quality of others. However, valuable information can still be gleaned from them and perhaps they will jog your memory enough to create better lessons of your own.
Step 3: Create a Rubric and/or Assessment
There are many rubrics on IAD. Many are universal in nature and you can use them for your own lessons. Your rubrics should describe well what a finished product should look like at several levels. The skills or objectives should be on the far left column and across the top should be the levels of quality for each grade. Of course your assessments should include any local or national standards.
Strategies and Philosophies
There are various philosophies and strategies for creating art lessons that truly motivate students. Some of these strategies are found in our Teacher Toolkit section for newer art teachers. A good lesson addresses the learning styles of all students, not just a visually-oriented art student. The lesson will include activities that use the following intelligences: Kinesthetic, visual, auditory, linguistic, logical, intra-personal, and others as listed by Howard Gardner and others.
A good lesson will have an introduction that really grabs the attention of students. Some call this the "anticipatory set" from Madeline Hunter's research (Additional information can be found in the Teacher Toolkit section). Without a good introduction, the rest of the lesson could fail because students aren't interested in putting their personal best in the assignment. The introduction should illustrate to the student how the lesson will relate to them personally.
Finally, your art lesson should address your state or provincial standards. Good art teachers know how to integrate the arts into the other subject matter. Geometry can be integrated through architecture of the Renaissance. History can be integrated through famous art that illustrates important events in history. Geography can be integrated through creating visual maps in cartography. Science can be integrated through subjects in nature. Not all states have visual arts standards so if your state doesn't have them, have them match up with the national standards found on the Kennedy Center website.
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Ancient Animals at Work
Identify ways animals (past and present) enhance daily life through a close look at an ancient figurine and art making.
Animal-Inspired Masks and Masquerades
Help students understand the connections between art and the environment of Guinea, animal anatomy, and the cultural context of the Banda mask with the help of viewing questions and a dance activity in the Museum's African Art galleries.
Armor—Function and Design
Identify moveable and static features of armor as well as functional and symbolic surface details and examine similarities and differences between human and animal "armor" through classroom viewing questions. Enhance the lesson with a sketching activity based on an English suit of armor in The Met collection.
The Astor Chinese Garden Court
Explore the Museum's Astor Chinese Garden Court and enhance students' understanding of how traditional Chinese gardens reflect the concept of yin and yang and how material selection and design can convey ideas about the human and natural worlds. Use viewing questions and a storytelling or drawing activity in the Museum's Chinese galleries.
The Burghers of Calais
Convey the interpretive significance of pose and expression in the visual arts—in the Museum or the classroom—with viewing questions and a story-writing activity inspired by a nineteenth-century French sculpture by Auguste Rodin.
Medieval Beasts and Bestiaries
Explore the use of animals as symbols in medieval art with viewing questions and a group drawing activity at The Met Cloisters or in the classroom.
Power in Ancient Mesopotamia
Examine how a great ancient Mesopotamian king conveyed power and leadership in a monumental wall relief in the Museum's Ancient Near Eastern art collection and consider how leaders today express the same attributes through viewing questions and an activity.
The Nomads of Central Asia—Turkmen Traditions
Students will be able to identify ways art of the Turkmen people of Central Asia reflects nomadic life and understand the functional and symbolic role objects play in their lives.
Voices of the Past
Focus on a slit gong in the Museum's Oceanic collection to illustrate the impact of scale in works of art, and consider objects' functions in their original contexts and ways different communities engage with their elders and ancestors. Classroom viewing questions and an oral history activity enhance the lesson.
Aeneas, Art, and Storytelling
Virgil's epic poem, The Aeneid , has inspired generations of artists and writers. Create your own artwork inspired by the text and consider how artists draw upon and reinterpret stories from the past.
Architecture and the Natural World
How can buildings reflect the relationship between people and the environment? Explore possibilities in this lesson plan featuring an ancient Egyptian temple.
Art and Empire—The Ottoman Court
Students will be able to recognize ways a tughra functioned as a symbol of power and authority within a culturally diverse and geographically expansive empire.
The Battle of David and Goliath
Illuminate strategies for conveying stories through images in the classroom with viewing questions about a large silver plate in the Museum's Medieval collection and an illustrating activity.
Beyond the Figure
Consider how artists convey personality in nonfigural portraits and the relationship between visual and verbal expression by looking at a painting by Charles Demuth in the Museum's Modern and Contemporary galleries and through a portrait-making activity in the classroom.
Bravery Stands Tall
Examine a major turning point in the American Revolution through a close look at this depiction of General Washington and his troops crossing the Delaware River.
Composing a Landscape
Study the relationship between the human and natural worlds in art, as well as the techniques artists use to convey ideas, by exploring a painting by Frederic Edwin Church in the Museum's American Wing. Extend the lesson through a writing and drawing activity in the classroom, or a sketching activity outdoors.
The Making of a Persian Royal Manuscript
Students will be able to identify some of the key events and figures presented in the Persian national epic, the Shahnama (Book of Kings); make connections between the text and the illustrated pages of the manuscript produced for Shah Tahmasp; and create a historical record of their community.
The Mughal Court and the Art of Observation
Students will be able to recognize ways works of art reflect an intense interest in observation of the human and natural world among Mughal leaders; and understand ways works of art from the past and present communicate ideas about the natural world.
Muses vs. Sirens
Through movement and storytelling, uncover the layers of meaning embedded in a Roman sarcophagus.
Point of View in Print and Paint
Explore ways that viewpoint shapes the way we picture the past in this lesson plan featuring a depiction of the abolitionist John Brown.
The Power behind the Throne
Bring the Museum's African collection into the classroom with viewing questions and an art-making activity that cultivate visual analysis and an understanding of how surface detail and composition can express themes of power and leadership.
A Rite of Passage
Explore the ways rituals, ceremonies, and rites of passage play an important role in communities around the world through an investigation of related objects.
Science and the Art of the Islamic World
Students will be able to identify similarities and differences between scientific tools used now and long ago; and use research findings to support observations and interpretations.
Shiva—Creator, Protector, and Destroyer
Inspire students to interpret, communicate through, and personally connect with art through an in-classroom examination of a powerful sculpture in the Museum's Indian art collection and a self-portrait activity.
Ancient Mesopotamia—Literacy, Now and Then
From cuneiform inscriptions to digital tablets, this lesson highlights changes and continuity in written communications across the ages.
Arabic Script and the Art of Calligraphy
Students will be able to identify visual qualities of several calligraphic scripts; recognize ways artists from the Islamic world engage various scripts to enhance works of art supporting a range of functions; and assess the merits of several computer-generated fonts in supporting specific uses.
The Art of Industry
Use viewing questions and a debate activity to investigate the relationship between art and community values, techniques artists use to convey ideas, and strategies for interpreting an American painting in the Museum's Modern and Contemporary galleries.
Above: Writing board (detail), ca. 1981–1802 B.C. Middle Kingdom. Dynasty 12. From Egypt; Said to be from Upper Egypt, Thebes or Northern Upper Egypt, Akhmim (Khemmis, Panopolis). Wood, gesso, paint, 16 15/16 x 7 1/2 in. (43 x 19 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1928 (28.9.4)
7 Easy Art Lessons For When You’re in a Pinch
Sometimes lesson planning comes down to the wire. Maybe your students went through a project much faster than expected, or you simply did not have the time to get ahead of things. We’ve all been there. It’s not unheard of to scour the internet and social media for ideas, but sometimes we still come up short. No art teacher is perfect, and we all need a lesson idea in a pinch from time to time! We don’t want these activities to be fluff or busywork. Instead, we want them to help our students build skills and scaffold learning.
The next time you find yourself in need of a last-minute activity or lesson, look no further. The following seven activities are easily adaptable for various grade levels. They also require minimal material prep and use supplies you likely have in your art room.
1. Personal Soda Can Label
We live in a consumer world where new beverages, food, candy, and snacks are constantly introduced to the market. Teachers and students experience product and brand design —often without even realizing it. Looking at the typography and imagery of different products can spark interesting conversations with both elementary and secondary students.
One way for students to explore the idea of consumerism through product design and advertising is by creating a personal beverage label. This will require students to brainstorm a brand and identity for their product by picking the flavor, color, and overall look. Use the handout below to get your students started planning their designs.
Once students have designed their labels, you can take this activity a step further by attaching the design to an aluminum can. Have students participate in a reflection or critique activity. Ending the activity here might be appropriate for your elementary students, but you could take it a step further for your middle and high schoolers. Have students use their aluminum can with a custom label for observational drawing. Beginning students often struggle with matching the text and typography on traditional soda cans. Using the label they initially created will help them build confidence in their drawing skills. After practicing observational drawing skills, students add shading to create the illusion of form. High school students can also explore more package design and advertising elements.
Suggested materials: Paper, drawing materials, aluminum cans (optional) Suggested grade levels: Elementary, middle school, high school
2. Crushed Soda Can Drawing
Another simple yet effective way to recycle aluminum cans in your classroom is to crush them and use them for observational drawing. When students learn to draw, they eagerly want to draw things as realistically as they can. Students often feel frustrated and disappointed when they aren’t able to draw things perfectly. One way to reduce the pressure of realistic drawing is to begin with an imperfect object. Crushing cans and spray painting them white can serve as a beautiful and cost-effective way to teach basic drawing skills.
Students can draw the cans from life or use a reference photo. If they use a reference photo, you could introduce your students to the traditional grid method or provide them with alternative ways of making a grid.
Cover the cans with white paint so students can focus on the simplified shapes without worrying about labels or text. Strong lighting can also help students to identify values easily. If you don’t have aluminum cans on hand but still want to try this activity, use these images as references .
To adapt this lesson and take it even further for your secondary students, explore new and advanced techniques to create a background with contrast and emphasis. Students research and experiment with a technique they have wanted to try. Provide them with a demonstration and sampling of some ideas to get them started.
Here are some exciting advanced techniques:
- Painted Paper Weaving FLEX Lesson (can be found in FLEX Curriculum )
- Paper marbling
Suggested materials: Paper, drawing materials, aluminum cans Suggested grade levels: Upper elementary, middle school, high school
3. Ashley Mary-Inspired Organic Shape Painting
Exploring abstract and non-objective art can be an empowering experience for students. However, sometimes the freedom to create can leave them paralyzed or push them to overwork their pieces. One way to introduce students to proper painting techniques while exploring color, pattern, and shape is to learn about the contemporary artist Ashley Mary . Mary’s playful paintings are reminiscent of the free-form collages of Matisse. Comparing Mary, a contemporary artist, with Matisse, a classical artist, can provide a foundation for inspiration and discussion. To learn more about Ashley Mary, download our complimentary FLEX Curriculum Artist Bio . Find this and many more artist bios in FLEX Curriculum .
Before students begin painting, have them choose a color scheme. Encourage students to work with a limited palette to push them to make more intentional color decisions. Students create shapes and patterns one paint layer at a time. If using watercolor, this can be a wonderful exploration of how transparent and translucent colors mix and layer. The free-form nature of this painting style also fosters intuitive thinking.
Suggested materials: Paper, acrylic or tempera paint, watercolor Suggested grade levels: Elementary, middle school
4. Water Droplet Drawing
If you are looking for a skill-building activity to boost your students’ confidence, this is it! Inspired by art teacher Jennifer Sell , this water droplet drawing activity is the perfect way to introduce students to shading and form at any age level. For best results, use a material that blends easily, like graphite, charcoal, chalk, or oil pastel. Use these videos to help guide your students as they navigate through the activity.
To adapt this for your advanced learners, students create the same drawing with two different media. Compare and contrast the process, medium characteristics, and end results.
Suggested materials: Paper, chalk, graphite, charcoal, or oil pastel Suggested grade levels: Upper elementary, middle school, high school
5. Textured Slump Mold Slab Bowl
Are you in need of a one-day clay activity that requires minimal materials? Creating slump molds is a great way to introduce or review making slabs with students. All you need is clay and a mold, like a bowl, to press the clay inside. This idea also can introduce surface texture on clay. Students roll a slab, add texture, then press into the slump mold. If you plan on doing more clay lessons with your students, this is a quick project for students to practice the glazing process.
Suggested materials: Clay, bowls for molds Suggested grade levels: Elementary, middle school
6. Op Art Drawing
Optical illusions are always exciting for students, and learning how to make them is even better! Some op art designs require more math and complexity, while others are on the simpler side. These op art sphere and cube designs are perfect as an introduction to your younger artists. Check out this video for a step-by-step guide to create them.
If you plan on doing more complex op art activities with your advanced or high school students, these simple drawings will make great bellringer prompts. Connect several spheres and cubes to create more elaborate patterns and compositions. For more op art lesson ideas, check out the Connecting Op Art and Math in FLEX Collection.
For a brief introduction to op art that you can share with your students, check out the FLEX video below:
Suggested materials: Pencil, markers, ruler, paper Suggested grade levels: Elementary, middle school, high school
7. Color Mixing Lines
The process of color mixing never ceases to amaze students, no matter how many times they have experienced it. This activity allows students to observe color mixing and explore creative drawing processes.
To start this project, students use a water-based marker or watercolor paint. If students use markers, create shapes of color right next to or slightly overlapping each other. Prep an eyedropper filled with water or a paintbrush dipped in clean water. Stand the painting up vertically and carefully drop water on the paper. Watch as the water mixes with the color and drips down the page together.
Use the same method with watercolor paint with a wet-on-wet technique by painting the paper with water first. Add color with the paper held vertically.
Once the paint drips are dry, students identify the positive and negative shapes created by the drips. Students can trace the shapes and fill in designated areas with line patterns.
Suggested materials: Water, watercolor, markers, paper Suggested grade levels: Elementary, middle school
Alexander Graham Bell said, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” With all that art teachers have to do daily, we understand the importance of preparation. However, there are only so many hours in the day, and sometimes we don’t have enough time to get it all done! If you find yourself behind, overwhelmed, or stuck, try one of these activities. They are sure to engage students from start to finish, adaptable for all grade levels, and you can easily tie them into your existing curriculum when you’re in a pinch.
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1. Food, drinks, candy, gum are not allowed in the Art rooms. A bottle of WATER is permitted in room 206 (only).
2. Cell phones are not allowed at any time. Phones should be turned off and put away.
3. Be in the room before the bell rings. Dropping your stuff and leaving does not qualify you as being on time.
4. Sit at your assigned seat unless I give you OK to move. That means you do not walk around the room during the class.
5. Talk quietly with students at your table. Do not talk during the instructional time.
6. Draw, paint, etc. on your artwork only!
7. Use materials from your tote-tray only... don't go into other people's trays.
8. You can bring your work home anytime. You are responsible for having it back next day.
9. If you must swear, please do it elsewhere... Thanks.
10. You are responsible for cleaning your work area and the tools that you used.
11. If you are in the Graphics lab, use the printers for the current ART assignments only!!!
12. Encourage your fellow classmates in a positive way... treat them fairly and nicely. This room should be a fun and comfortable place for everyone.
1. All assignments must be completed on or before the due date. 2. Unfinished artwork is graded as such. 3. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to make up all work. You can sign out art supplies if needed. 4. If your project requires extra time to be completed, you have to make arrangements with me prior the due date. This is your responsibility. 5. Each project has a rubric with specific requirements and guidelines. Follow them. 6. Unless an assignment specifically requires copying, it will be interpreted in the same manner as plagiarism. 7. You are also graded for your in-class studio work.
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Clay Sea Turtles
Are you looking for a super-successful clay project for 3rd-5th grade? Our third graders loved making these sea turtle pinch pots. Check out the video tutorial!
I’ve included a short video of our school’s Skutt kiln. I’ve found that young students don’t understand the process that transforms their soft, gray, clay creations into a pale-colored, hard ceramics. I show this video in class to all grades, no matter what clay project I’m doing.
Materials: clay, a popsicle stick, a toothbrush, and water.
FAMILY SHOE TEXTURE RUBBING
Here is an art project that teaches students about texture, is lots of fun and is perfect for both distance learning and the classroom.
Looking for a fun sculpture project that combines line and 3D design? This super-successful line sculpture lesson is perfect for both distance learning and for the traditional art room. You’ll need paper, scissors, a glue stick and a cereal box. I’ve attached an instructional video you can share with your students.
*three strips of colored paper (I just cut Astrobright paper into 1/3s). For distance learning, students could use any paper they have at home.
*cereal box/cardboard (or construction paper) for the base
*optional: hole punch
The students were familiar with lines (we had just completed my Line Rainbow Fish project).
Ceramic succulent wall planter, clay picture frames part ii: painting the frames (easy, quick and cheap).
In part one of this lesson, we rolled and cut out clay picture frames. They dried, and I bisque fired them in our school kiln.
In part two, we painted the frames with tempera cake and metallic acrylic paint.
To paint the frames
- Metallic acrylic paint in bright colors, plus silver and gold (like these)
- Small plastic cups with lids (salsa cups)
- Black tempera cake
- Old, stiff brushes
- Dishpans, one per table
Finger painting station: Put a very small amount of metallic acrylic paint into a salsa cup. Barely cover the bottom. Prepare a cup for each color. Cover the table with paper or tagboard painting mats.
At the other tables: Put a black tempera cake and one old brush per student in a tray. Set it on each table with a dishpan of water.
- Paint the frames black. Distribute the fired frames. Each student takes a brush, dips in water, and swirls it on the tempera cake until bubbles appear. Paint the front of the frame only, being sure to work the black paint into all the recesses. Use an up-and-down motion to drive the paint into the crevices.
- Rinse the frames, either in the dishpan or in a sink. Students can rub with hands and/or scrub with their old brush. Don’t wash all the paint off – the stamped and textured areas should remain black.
- Pat dry with a towel, or lay on a newspaper for a few minutes.
- Go to the finger painting station. Dip finger in metallic acrylic paint, scrape on edge of salsa cup, and rub on the ceramic in a circular motion. The paint should stay on the surface. TELL STUDENTS TO USE A LIGHT RUBBING MOTION AND TRY TO AVOID GETTING THE COLORED PAINT INTO THE LETTERS AND TEXTURES. These should remain black. To change colors, wipe finger on paper mat and move on. There should be no water at this table!!!
- Students can also layer colors. A little silver or gold (or a white or light colored pearl paint) looks great layered over the bright color acrylic.
- Feel free to limit your palette to just cool color or just warm color acrylics, plus silver and gold.
These dry almost instantly. They can be assembled with photos and hangers the same day if you have help.
To store the metallic acrylics: if there is almost nothing left in the salsa cups, I let them dry out on the table overnight. I stack them the next morning, and stash them until I need them again. Then I just refill according to color. If you have left overpaint and need them soon, spritz each with a little water, cap them and put in an airtight container. Don’t overfill the salsa cups with metallic acrylic. I fill them sparingly and they last a long time.
here is a video of my students using the metallic acrylic technique on another project.
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