Arts for All has developed different hands-on Art Activities for parents, classroom teachers, children or adults who want to be more creative at home, in the classroom, daycare or a variety of other settings. Hover over the lesson title for a printable PDF.
Each activity includes a Description/Objective, Approximate Time, Materials (make adjustments as needed for supplies you already have on hand), Procedure (always a good idea to do the project yourself before working with children), Subject Matter Integration, Variations/Extensions and a photo of the finished product. Send photos of YOUR finished product and let us know how what you liked/didn’t like about this project at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check back often to see if another fun art activity has been added! Eventually over 40 different art activities will be on-line!
Learning about the kimono is a great way to explore pattern design and Japanese culture at the same time. Students sketch their designs in the lesson plan and complete the project with watercolor.
Develop and increase awareness of shape and space through art. This lesson plan introduces students to the concepts of negative and positive space with cut paper.
Bring a little of the outside in with this art project while teaching your child about evergreens, printing techniques, snowflakes and symmetry.
Here’s a fun spin on the self-portrait, using lots of colors and even more imagination.
An introduction to some of the basic shapes found in a house such as: squares, rectangles, half circles, columns and arches. Using marker and watercolor, design a house you would like to live in!
Students learn about the art of the Oaxacan (pronounced wa-ha-can) woodcarvers of Mexico, whose brightly colored and heavily patterned figures of animals and people have a childlike or whimsical quality to them. Students will choose an animal, possibly a pet and do a drawing of it in the style of the woodcarvers.
Use oil pastels to create a mushroom scene. Learn the shape of mushrooms, shading and lighting.
Introduction to Impressionist paintings with Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings/style. Create a night time silhouette of the city.
Identify colors that are warm and cool using construction paper, oil pastels and water colors.
If it’s December, it’s time for Santa either taking his suit out of the closet or returning for the next year.
Start with the Arts is an early education resource developed by VSA at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts with 54 lesson plans.
- Full Start with Arts Program.pdf
- Chapter 1.pdf Introduction: A Guide for Inclusive Practice In Your Classroom
- Chapter 2.pdf All About Me (18 Lessons)
- Chapter 3.pdf How I Go From Here to There (12 Lessons)
- Chapter 4.pdf Feeling Hot, Cold and Wet (12 Lessons)
- Chapter 5.pdf The World Around Me (12 Lessons)
- Chapter 6.pdf Kindergarten Through 4th Grade National Standards for Arts Education (1994)
- Chapter 7.pdf Resources List
- Chapter 8.pdf Bibliography