Beacon Lesson Plan Library

   Lesson Plans - Learner Level 4: Visual Arts


  • Accenting the Negative Space in Ceramics (Authored by Deborah Walther.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students apply knowledge of the elements of design and hand building techniques in clay to illustrate the concept of negative space by cutting shapes out of the form to create an intricate pattern.

  • Break Down (Authored by Mary Borges.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students apply their understanding of the elements of plot structure and conflict to cooperatively create storyboards and speak effectively as they present their products.

  • Brown Bag It (Authored by Deborah Walther.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students draw an object relying only on their sense of touch and imagination and then draw it again using their powers of observation to create a detailed study of the object. Comparisons are then made of the two drawings.

  • Floating Forms Falling! (Authored by Wanda Perkins.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: The student draws the five basic three-dimensional forms using tools (pencil, ruler, compass, protractor, etc.) and techniques (value application) proficiently and in a safe, responsible manner.

  • Junk to You, Art to Me (Authored by Deborah Walther.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: The student will create a sculpture or relief by assembling found objects using the appropriate media, techniques, and tools that express a definite theme or idea, utilizing the elements and principles of design specified in the Art Production Criteria.

  • Laying the Groundwork: ART Installation (Authored by Debi Barrett-Hayes.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students create a large-scale installation on the lawn or grounds of the school environment. Excitement is heightened by making humorous creations that use highly recognizable, appropriated images of art.

  • Lesson on Wayne Thiebaud (Authored by Todd Hauser.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This activity is designed to introduce art students to a lesser-known contemporary artist. Students view the artistís work in order to form opinions and share in class discussions. They also critique some of the artists work using the Linderman method and recreate the artistís style of work with their own paintings.

  • Mondrian and Matisse: Combining Styles (Authored by Deborah Walther.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students create artwork using the pure elements of line, shape, and color as the subject matter. The artwork is then cut or torn into organic shapes which are then glued onto a background paper, leaving areas of paper showing in the composition.

  • People Behind the Masks (Authored by David Worrell.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: A visual presentation with teacher commentary introduces the students to the art of maskmaking and develops the studentsí understanding of the world cultures that have produced the masks.

  • Picture This (Authored by Paula Willis.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Picture This!! Explore creative ideas for illustrating children's books using innovative and unusual objects for illustrating juvenile stories.

  • Pinch Pot Possibilities (Authored by Deborah Walther.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students create round pinch pots with lids that have uniform shape and overall surface designs that emphasize line.

  • Propaganda Flyer (Authored by Catyn Coburn.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students create a persuasive flyer to sway the opinion of the class on a controversial issue.

  • Realistic Leather Projects in Clay (Authored by Deborah Walther.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students bring an object made of leather and recreate it in clay, relying on observation skills and problem-solving skills to make it as realistic as possible.

  • Stained Glass Painting with Tempera Resist (Authored by Deborah Walther.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students are introduced to the art of Louis Comfort Tiffany and produce a work of art inspired by Tiffany using tempera and ink, recognizing the characteristics of each medium and contrasting examples of paintings with Tiffanyís artworks.

  • Texture, Texture, Read All About It (Authored by Deborah Walther.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students use clay to create a slab vase with a surface design that emphasizes the elements shape and texture.

  • The Origins of Heraldry (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students design shields for personal coats of arms which depict themselves and then explain their shields to the class in an informal presentation.

  • The Real Me! (Authored by Scott Reeve.)

  • Subject(s): Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students examine and understand who they are and communicate that person to the viewer through the use of the visual arts.

  • The Secrets Photos Keep (Authored by Cynthia Youngblood.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Visual Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students examine family photos to find hidden clues, answering questions about the photos and writing essays on how photos can be a powerful tool in helping them learn about the past and unearth critical truths.

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