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.
Some of Vincent Van Gogh’s most popular paintings include night scenes, such as brightly lit cafes and starry skies. Using thick, directional strokes of color, your students can create their own Van Gogh-inspired night scenes.
Many consider Claude Monet the most famous of the Impressionist artists. Monet designed a garden at his home in Giverny to provide beautiful subject matter for his works. Taking inspiration from their own surroundings, your students can create their very own garden-themed works to take home!
Henri Matisse, known as the master colorist of the 20th century, helped create a fury in the art world when he began using color in ways that defied the traditional methods of the time. Teach your students to paint an interior piece influenced by this great artist.
Many consider Paul Cezanne the father of modern art. He spent hours painting outdoors, scrutinizing his surroundings for geometric forms for a pleasing motif. Using Cezanne’s method of identifying and arranging shapes, your students will create their own landscapes in the style of Cezanne.
Teach students the value of recycling their work and saving space by creating digital works in Photoshop.
Encourage students to explore reflections and color with a bright rainy day scene.
Share the history of the torch with your students and give them the opportunity to create their own Olympic torch design.
Treat your students to the fun of drawing figures and fabric by bringing in costumed models to draw!
Let students explore the tradition of harvest paining by creating their own unique harvest art!
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.
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!
If you’ve got a phone that takes pictures, you can capture your sources of inspiration anywhere you go!
Use this quick activity to help your students use their “artist eyes” and get warmed up for bigger drawing projects!
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.
Get your students to create artwork that lets the world know what’s on their minds!
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.
The proverbs are many – Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Don’t judge a book by its cover. Clothes don’t make the man (woman). They relate to a children’s book about a strange duck. Use this as the catalyst for students to find common items, which they photograph to create beautiful artwork.
Do your students scoff at art that might be difficult to understand? This surrealism art lesson plan coupled with your students’ prior knowledge of art elements, such as line, shape and color, will enable them to analyze and interpret a contradictory art movement.
These four high school art projects will help your class learn about the art and culture of Latin America. Craft papel picado, traditional carving designs, mola designs or use traditional patterns to decorate terracotta pots will give a spicy touch to your classes.
High school students love to experiment. If teachers giving them opportunities to think outside the box with high school art projects that challenge their critical thinking, as well as their artistic abilities, they provide the students with a means to discover their talents.