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.
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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!
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.
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.
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!