My High School Art Lesson Plans
(also suitable for Middle School)
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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
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
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
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
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