Art Lesson Plans

Art is Elemental
I wrote and developed the Art is Elemental curriculum for my middle school cycle classes. Through my art lesson plans, the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students learn about conservation, pollution, waste and wastefulness, recycling and up-cycling by making art that is inspired by earth, water and fire/air.  By following a three year rotation I develop an annual school wide thematic unit. Every year, all of the Middle School students engage with the same theme, learn about the same issues and artists, while creating their own unique art.  This year’s theme is fire/air!   Learn more.

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You’ll never look at trash the same way again! Part of the Art is Elemental Earth Unit, The Kiickstart Trash Collage lesson is suitable for students in 5th grade and up! This 13 page booklet features thorough instructions, objectives, a…

Relief prints excite students and challenge their minds while building their skills. Part of the Art is Elemental Earth Unit, The Kiickstart Symmetry Print lesson is suitable for students in 5th grade and up! This 10 page booklet features complete…

Click the link to learn more and to download this FREE lesson! This activity is designed to be used by itself, or in combination with the Marine Life Water Color Lesson or the Tapped Installation, which is described in the…

Shine some light on how disposable plastics impact our daily lives and the health of our planet. The Kiickstart Water Bottle Luminary lesson is part of the Art is Elemental Water Unit. This 16 page booklet provides thorough instructions, objectives,…

This lesson teaches students about our earth’s oceans, gyres and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. By making art, the students get to synthesize their understanding of the condition of our oceans and wrap their minds around the severity of the…

How bad are disposable shopping bags, really? What level of responsibility do we play in improving the health of our environment and our oceans? Why should we care? The Kiickstart Marine Life Watercolor lesson is part of the Art is…

Weaving is a soothing, fun and focused activity for students of all ages! Part of the Art is Elemental Earth Unit, The Kiickstart Recycled Paper Weaving lesson is suitable for students in grades 3 and up! This 9 page booklet…

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