Art Lessons in the Classroom by Grade Level

Explore the learning opportunities of Art Lessons in the Classroom by grade level:

Kindergarten

Introductory concepts of line variety, geometric shape, actual texture, primary color, and pattern through exploratory drawing, painting, collage, and stamping. Literacy infused lessons engage students to design decorative letters, identify word sequence, analyze visual clues, and develop pictures through linking words and images.
Sample Kindergarten Lesson

1st Grade

Active process-oriented lessons focus on concepts of line direction and type, organic shape, 3-D form, real and implied texture, secondary color, and principles of composition. Literacy infused lessons explore text direction/spacing, observation, description, and story elements through drawing, painting, collage, clay modeling, and printmaking.
Sample 1st Grade Lesson

2nd Grade

Concepts of contour and line type, abstraction, color palette, 3-D form, and positive and negative space create a broad range of art. Students make both realistic and abstract drawings, relief prints, paintings, and paper sculptures. Literacy infused lessons include making sketch/journal entries, inventing clay characters and illustrating stories and poems in collage.
Sample 2nd Grade Lesson

3rd Grade

Fundamental concepts and skills are applied in new ways. Line is used to invent characters in monotype prints and show figures in action within drawings and wire sculptures. Elements of scale, horizon, overlapping, shape and texture – in painting and printmaking – reference specific time and place for settings. Students also visualize and write in response to art.
Sample 3rd Grade Lesson

4th Grade

Building traditional skills in drawing and painting is emphasized through study of proportion, value, color mixing, and space. Principles of balance and unity, in 2-D and 3-D, are explored through constructing tactile collages and paper sculptures. Literacy infused lessons encourage students to connect word choice, detail, narrative, and figurative language with images.
Sample 4th Grade Lesson

5th Grade

Skills are refined through crafting pen and ink drawings, watercolor paintings, and sculptures focusing on proportion, value, and scale. Translating words into pictures and pictures into words is investigated through depicting setting, combining shapes for meaning, using color for mood, and responding to art. Students create prints and explain the printmaking procedure in writing.
Sample 5th Grade Lesson

6th Grade

Critical thinking, collaboration, and creative problem solving are highlighted. Engaging artistic processes presented include watercolor glazing, narrative textile collage, portraiture in charcoal, architectural drawing, and subtractive clay sculpture. Students also synthesize information by describing, analyzing, and interpreting art within a formal writing process.
Sample 6th Grade Lesson