Template for Art Activity Projects

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Insert Graphic Image of your Finished Original Art:

[Insert your .gif or .jpg image file of your art production feature the element of art for each week here.  This serves as a model of art that you can use to demonstrate the final product for your elementary children. Use your digital camera or scanner and save your file as a .jpg or .gif.  Be sure to use a photo editor to re-size or compress your photo for web by formatting image.]

Insert Graphic Image of Featured Artwork:

[Insert a graphic of the work of art by a famous artist that demonstrates the element you are addressing in this lesson. Include information about this famous artist and a specific work of art you could use to introduce and demonstrate this element of art. Include a brief history of the artist and/or work of art and provide societal, cultural, or historical context. Explain how this work of art illustrates the element of art you have chosen for this learning activity. Make connections between your famous art example, your own artistic creation, and the art students will be creating in this activity.]

Visual Arts and Media Arts: Artistic Processes and Anchor Standards

 Artistic ProcessesAnchor Standards: Students will…
Creating Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work.1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. 2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work. 3. Refine and complete artistic work.
Presenting (visual arts) Interpreting and sharing artistic work. Producing (media arts) Realizing and presenting artistic ideas and work.4. Analyze, interpret, and select artistic work for presentation. 5. Develop and refine artistic work for presentation. 6. Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
Responding Understanding and evaluating how the arts convey meaning.7. Perceive and analyze artistic work. 8. Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work. 9. Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.
Connecting Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context.10. Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art. 11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.

Art Activity Title:

Learning Activity Overview:

[This should be a short 2-3 sentence description that describes the how students will create an artistic product that demonstrates their understanding of the featured element of art.]

Grade Level: Select one grade level.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Students will create and present an original work of art using the element of _________________ [line, shape, color, or space].
  2. Students will respond and connect to a famous artist who demonstrates the use of ___________________ [line, shape, color, or space] in a great work of art.

Art Production Media (Supplies and Materials):

  • [List all art supplies needed for the lesson. These materials should be the same ones you use in your art production.]


  • [List online websites (title and URL), books, images, apps, computer software, handouts, organizers, instructional websites, illustrations, etc. to be used in your introduction and step by step instruction.]

Introduction (Anticipatory Set):

  • How will you spark students’ interest in this topic?
  • How will you build the students’ background knowledge about this element of art? (Define, explain, and provide examples)

Art Processes: Creating and Presenting

  • How will you help your students conceive and develop new artistic ideas using the element of _________________ [line, shape, color, or space] in art?
  • Include a clear explanation of how you will teach the element of _________________ [line, shape, color, or space] in art. 
  • Include a step-by-step detailed process of what the students will do to create their artistic masterpiece using the art production media and materials listed.
  • How will students interpret and share their art with their peers and the school community?

Art Process: Responding (Essential Questions for Enduring Understanding)

[Write 2 essential questions (open-ended critical thinking questions) relating to use of _________________ [line, shape, color, or space] for student discussion.] 

Art Process: Connecting (Essential Questions for Enduring Understanding of Art in History, Culture, and Society)

[Write 2 essential questions (open-ended critical thinking questions) to help students respond and make connections between the use of the element_________________ [line, shape, color, or space] of art by the famous artist and the student’s own original art.]


  • Explain how you will assess each individual students’ use of the featured element in his/her original art.
  • List 3-4 criteria that you will use to assess each individual student’s final creative art product as well as evaluate their creative process (creativity, originality, effort, craftsmanship, attitude, engagement, etc.). 

Reflection on Creative Practice and Artistic Literacy:

Write a reflection about your personal creativity and the effectiveness of your own creative practice as a teacher. Answer these questions explaining the artistic processes you used to create and present your original artwork. Explain your process of responding and to famous art and artwork in history, culture, and society. Evaluate the quality and effectiveness of your art activity plan to facilitate visual arts learning based on the visual arts standards.

Create: Imagine, Plan, Make, Reflect, Refine, Revise, and Investigate

  • How did you use your imagination to come up with your idea for how to demonstrate this element of art?
  • What creative ideas did you investigate to determine the best way to teach this element of art?

Present: Analyze, Prepare, and Present

  • How did you decide on appropriate art production media and materials to produce and present your own original art? [If you used a model you found online, please include the URL to avoid plagiarism.]
  • How did you apply this element of art and principle of design to construct your final creative product? 

Respond: Interpret, Perceive, Analyze, and Evaluate

  • How effective do you feel your work of art is in demonstrating this element of art? Explain why.
  • ●        How well does the use of the featured element of art in your original art connect to the artwork of the famous artist you selected?

Connect: Relate, Synthesize

  • In what ways do you think that this art activity helps children develop artistic literacy? 
  • Briefly assess your own artistic literacy in terms of creating and presenting your original art, responding and evaluating your work, and connecting your artistic ideas to art history, culture, and society. (Create, Present, Respond, Connect)

What is literacy in visual arts?

“In the visual arts, developing literacy occurs as a result of engaging in an authentic creative process through the use of traditional and non-traditional materials and applying the formal elements of art and principles of design; knowing an arts language to describe art; and discovering the expressive qualities of art to be able to reflect, critique, and connect personal experience to art.”

“The artist imagines, executes, reflects and refines work before finally completing a piece of work (creating), shares or displays the work (presenting), reflects on the completed work (responding), and connects the experience to other contexts of meaning or knowledge (connecting). As a result, aspects of multiple standards can be combined within a learning activity: students can learn by solving problems, exhibiting their work, and thinking critically about them, by relating theirs to other ideas, experiences, contexts, and meaningsand refining their future work to a more sophisticated level. The concepts embedded in the standards reflect the scope of learning – the knowledge, skills, and understandings – taught through study of the visual arts.”

Artistic Literacy
The Arts as Communication In today’s multimedia society, the arts are the media, and therefore provide powerful and essential means of communication. The arts provide unique symbol systems and metaphors that convey and inform life experience. The arts are ways of knowing.
The Arts as Creative Personal Realization Participation in each of the arts as creators, performers, and audience members enables individuals to discover and develop their own creative capacity, thereby providing a source of lifelong satisfaction.
The Arts as Culture, History, and Connectors Throughout History The arts have provided essential means for individuals and communities to express their ideas, experiences, feelings, and deepest beliefs. Each art form shares common goals but approaches them through distinct media and techniques. Understanding artwork provides insights into individuals’ own and others’ cultures and societies, while also providing opportunities to access, to express and to integrate meaning across a variety of content areas.
Arts as Means to Well-being Participation in the arts as creators, performers, and audience members (responders) enhances mental, physical, and emotional well-being
The Arts as Community Engagement The arts provide means for individuals to collaborate and connect with others in an enjoyable inclusive environment as they create, prepare, and share artwork that brings communities together (responding).
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