Published Lessons

Lessons in this area of the site have been vetted and approved as model lessons. These lessons have been subjected to intense review, editing, revision and discussion. If you have an idea on how to improve, expand, or adapt a Published Lesson, you can still join the lesson group to share your ideas.

Narrative Art – “You don’t Say”

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Students will study the work of Regionalist artists Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, and John Steuart Curry. After analyzing a chosen work of art, students will write dialogue based on their interpretation of the narrative art. Students will record their dialogue as a powerpoint or other type of presentation allowing the characters in the art to “speak”. The lesson should take two class periods.

Tissue Paper Collage – “Red and Blue Make Purple”

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This lesson allows first grade students to experiment with mixing colors to learn visual arts and mathematical terms and concepts. Students will create a tissue paper collage based on the work of Henry Matisse.

Op Art – “Now You See It, Now You Don’t”


Students will study the work of Victor Vasarely and Bridgett Riley and discuss how they created optical illusions in their work. Students will then create a three dimensional geometric shape incorporating the elements of line, contrast, and repetition to create the illusion of movement on the flat surfaces of their shape.

Fibonacci – “Growing Patterns”

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Students will discover the Fibonacci pattern of repeating shapes and numbers through manipulatives, mathematical reasoning, poetry and art.

A Study of Color and Emotions – “Moody Blues”


Knowledge of color theory helps us to express feelings in an artwork. The language of color has even entered our vocabulary to help us describe our emotions. This lesson will ask students to apply color theory to works from Pablo Picasso’s Blue Period and then to create their own mood in a tempera painting.

Comparing Art Style, Medium, Subject, and Form – “Same Kind of Different”

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In this lesson, students will compare the works of Pablo Picasso and Norman Rockwell based on the art medium, art subject, art form, and art style. Students will create a cubist drawing from a Norman Rockwell painting.

Oklahoma C3/CCSS Recommended Resources

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In this download you will find links to resources for information regarding OK C3 standards and CCSS. These resources include detailed information about CCSS as well as practical resources for Authentic Implementation of OK C3 standards and CCSS.

Abstract painting “Georgia On My Mind”


Students will use watercolors to create an abstract painting from their imagination.

Figure Drawing – “The Davinci Code”


Students will draw the human figure in action from both mannequins and from live models.

Let There Be Light


Students will create sculptures from found objects in the style of Dale Chihuly, glass blower and artist.

What Is Beauty


This lesson examines the question, “What is beauty?” through a study of the golden mean in math and art. Students will utilize the golden rectangle to create an abstract drawing based on the work of Piet Mondrian.

Oh The Places You Will Go

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This lesson is an introduction to  bookcover design for advertising.  Building upon a study of a Dr. Seuss book and a written argument for the underlying inferences in the book, the student will create an alternative cover that depicts that inference.  This lesson will take approximately 3 to 5 class periods.

In Search of Answers

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The arts reflect the beliefs, feelings and ideas of those who create them. Studying the arts allows one to experience a time, place and/or personality of individuals or groups of people.   This lesson examines the art of Jacob Lawrence along with other documents before and after that time and asks the students to discover and […]

Love is in the Air PSA

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This lesson is designed to be used as a school-wide thematic unit or by individual content areas. Students engage in a specific topic related to love and create a poster or other Public Service Announcement (PSA) to tell the story of love within that topic

Understanding Propaganda


Students critically analyze multiple documents for not only what they say but also what they don’t say. Utilizing historical speeches, literature, and art, students evaluate, compare, and contrast their propaganda techniques.

Larger Than Life


This lesson is a follow up to the introduction to drawing in “Drawing: Easy As 1,2,3”. Using the same thinking process for focusing on lines, students will learn to enlarge a drawing by using graphs. A brief history of two renaissance artists’ use of graphs will introduce the lesson.

Drawing: Easy as 1, 2, 3


Everyone can learn to draw when they learn to see and think.  This lesson is the first of two drawing lessons that will prepare students to see and think lines so that they can activate their right brain.

Study of Museums


This lesson is an introduction to the study of what a museum is by first examining students’ personal collections and then moving to regional, national, international, and virtual art museums.

Twisted Beauty


This lesson will serve to explore the idea that even designing simple wire jewelry can open up doors for incredible discussion. Help us design this authentic lesson that will challenge students to approach the world with their own unique, creative point of view.

15 Seconds of Fame


This lesson is an introduction to relief printmaking based upon the work of Andy Warhol. Students will examine and discuss the pop culture found in Warhol’s prints and then create their own pop art prints.

Painting Oklahoma

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This lesson looks at the effects of atmospheric conditions in landscape painting. We will be looking at components of aerial perspective as it applies to impressionist landscapes.

Power to the People


The project will allow students to apply the art elements of textures and overlap along with the art principle of emphasis. Students will study and critique the art of Juane Quick-to-see Smith and then construct their own protest poster on

Trash To Treasure


The project makes application of the elements of shape and space along with the principles of unity and contrast. Students will study and critique the work of Louise Nevelson and then construct their own assemblages from found objects.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words


This lesson is an introduction to portraiture based upon the work of Dorthea Lange. Students will examine, compare, and contrast portraiture throughout history and then create their own contemporary portrait gallery.

A Balancing Act

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This lesson furthers the idea of the need for balance in various social contexts. As a follow-up to the Geometry lessons “Waste Not, Want Not” and “Man Made Mountains,” this lesson allows students to use their knowledge of polygons and polyhedrals to create mobiles as an expression of balance, or lack of such, in some personal or social area.

The Tracks We Leave


This lesson is an introduction to watercolor relief painting based upon the work of Native American pictographs and also of modern artist Paul Klee.

Creative Point of View


This lesson is an introduction to one-point perspective drawing based upon the work of M.C. Escher. Students will examine and discuss the real and fantasy views within Escher’s art and then create their own creative point of view. This lesson is a great follow up to the English I lesson on point of view, “The Way I See It.”

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