The Arts in High School
The average public high school art program varies depending on the school and, inceasingly, the school's budget. And, while there are a handful of publicly-funded schools with a strong performing arts curriculum, you are more likely to find a concentrated focus on these areas of study within the private high school setting. Typically, arts programs available in most public high schools will focus on visual arts such as painting, drawing, ceramics, and sculpture, and music such as orchestra, jazz band, music theory, performance, and choral singing. Some public and private schools may also offer theatre or drama courses, including regular theatrical performances, as well as dance. Whether you teach the Arts as a primary or secondary subject, you will find these lesson plans and teaching ideas written by fellow teachers of interest.
- High School Art Lesson: Design an Olympic Torch!
Share the history of the torch with your students and give them the opportunity to create their own Olympic torch design.
- Costume Drawing High School Lesson Plan: Great for Halloween
Treat your students to the fun of drawing figures and fabric by bringing in costumed models to draw!
- High School Art Lesson: Paint the Harvest
Let students explore the tradition of harvest paining by creating their own unique harvest art!
- Art Lesson: Create a Wildlife Art Friendship Painting
This is a great lesson plan for students beginning to make new friends at the start of the year. Show students pictures of animal friendships and then have students paint the images.
- Art Lesson: Paint Yourself, Paint a Friend
Using the famous self and peer portraits by Van Gogh and Gauguin, your students can get to know each other through the art of portraiture!
- Using your Smartphone to take Reference Photos for Artwork
If you’ve got a phone that takes pictures, you can capture your sources of inspiration anywhere you go!
- Art Lesson: Choose your Style-- Realistic, Impressionist, or Abstract!
Most representational artists tend to work in a defined style, whether it be extremely realistic, loose and abstract, or somewhere in between. By trying all three basic styles, your students will learn about their own preferences and identify what type of art they enjoy creating.
- Identifying Shapes: A Quick Draw Art Lesson
Use this quick activity to help your students use their "artist eyes" and get warmed up for bigger drawing projects!
- How to Create a Simple Land or Seascape Picture
Land and seascapes have been popular visual subjects for centuries. Using a few basic rules, your students can capture the wonder and beauty of their favorite outdoor places in one or two quick painting sessions.