My High School Art Lesson Plans

(also suitable for Middle School)

Level 2

Click here if you haven't seen Level 1 yet.

Hi, I'm a high school teacher and artist.  I was fortunate enough to be able to teach one year of the subject I'm most passionate about---art, before I was transferred to other disciplines, currently Algebra and Geometry.  Below are the lesson plans that I created for my high school art level 1 students during the 2003-2004 semester.  Teachers --- feel free to use them as a resource in your classroom.

You may also find some ideas for your class by perusing My Artwork.


Click on each link to view the document in Microsoft Word.  Some documents are in jpeg format because parts were created by hand.  You can also see larger views of the student artwork by clicking on each thumbnail.  All lessons are presented in the order in which they were taught.  Not all lessons of each unit are present on these pages.  My lessons also sometimes accompany reading material found in the book, Art Talk, by Rosalind Ragans.


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Unit 1:  Printmaking and Line

Students were required to carve a linoleum block printing plate in which at least three types of lines and two variances of lines were used.  Their best print was also turned in as part of the final project.  I will have pictures of prints up soon.

Reading Questions about Printmaking and Lines

Printmaking Project Sheet

Printmaking Assessment Sheet

Student Artwork:

flower.jpg (177354 bytes)  lemonade stand.jpg (145204 bytes)  still life bottle.jpg (90427 bytes)  palm tree.jpg (133971 bytes)  rose on bricks.jpg (156513 bytes)


Unit 2:  Scratchboard

Students created a detailed scratchboard drawing of an animal of their choice.  They were also required to write a short report about the animal.

Scratchboard Reading Text Featuring Artist Norman Gaddini

Scratchboard Reading Questions

Scratchboard Project Sheet

Scratchboard Assessment Sheet

Student Artwork:

fruit bat tyler.jpg (153455 bytes)  Hummingbird Katie.jpg (153214 bytes)  Dragonfly Shane.jpg (139946 bytes)  Wolf Tom.jpg (156033 bytes)  woolly monkey bryan.jpg (285729 bytes)  Sea Bass Heather.jpg (145077 bytes)


Unit 3:  Geometric Constructions and the Creation of a Personal Mandala in acrylics on canvas, featuring artist John DeMarco

Students acquired the knowledge of basic geometric constructions as well as how to create symmetrical designs using only a compass and straight edge.  I began designing this unit while pursuing teacher certification in art and revised it when I was finally able to teach it to high school art students during the school year of 2003-2004.  I was currently teaching geometry, so this was an excellent way to integrate art into a math curriculum or vice versa.  

Visual Balance Reading Questions

Symmetry Analysis Worksheet Page 1    Page 2    Page 3

Geometric Constructions Packet Page 1    Page 2    Page 3    Page 4    Page 5    Page 6    Page 7    Page 8    Page 9    Page 10

Symmetrical Design Completion Packet Page 1    Page 2    Page 3    Page 4  Note:  Pages 1 and 2 show the key so that one can see how it is done.

Mandalas and John DeMarco Reading Text

Mandalas and John DeMarco Reading Questions

Personal Mandala Project Sheet

Canvas Construction and Preparation

Mandala Self-Assessment Sheet

Student Artwork:

mandala jordan 2006.jpg (138030 bytes)  mandala heather.jpg (163955 bytes)  mandala deandre.jpg (145416 bytes)  mandala brittany.jpg (188797 bytes)  

mandala jason.jpg (119033 bytes)  mandala katie.jpg (180792 bytes)  mandala joe 2006.jpg (138711 bytes)  mandala pink floyd triangle dave.jpg (178494 bytes)  mandala sue.jpg (136087 bytes)

mandala chelsea.jpg (185837 bytes)  mandala rob.jpg (141014 bytes)  mandala heather 2006.jpg (132701 bytes)  mandala josh 2006.jpg (118624 bytes)  mandala butterfly stephanie.jpg (121230 bytes)

  mandala paige 2006 cropped.jpg (167443 bytes)  mandala paige 2006 detail of geometric design.jpg (130006 bytes)  mandala paige 2006 detail.jpg (138281 bytes)  mandala paige 2006 poem.jpg (107014 bytes)


Unit 4:  Clay

See the bottom of the Art Plans Level 1 Page.  Students had the same project criteria as in level 1.  


Extra Credit Assignment:  Enlarged Textural Drawing in Graphite

Enlarged Textural Drawing


Go to Level 3 Art Plans