Connect creative middle school students with the wide world of the arts, including music, painting, drawing, sculpture, dance, drama, theatre and more. You’ll find ideas for both stand-alone arts classroom instruction as well as push-in lessons designed to help the middle school teacher incorporate the arts into a variety of standardized subjects. You will also find some interesting and lively discussion about the continued decline of the arts in some sixth, seventh and eighth grade classrooms due to budgetary restraints and a focus on standardized assessments.
Create bright works of art to hang in the kitchen at home.
Students can recycle their old paintings into beautiful cards to show their appreciation of others at the end of the school year.
Create a whimsical spring collage featuring birds and eggs!
Teach students about the beauty of the Art Nouveau movement by letting them explore their creative side with Valentines.
Teach your students how to harness the power of a simple, limited color palette to enhance a seasonal subject.
Allow students to explore the creativity with a mixed media piece that has the look and feel of a collage print.
Introduce your students to the beauty of painting with warm lights and cool shadows! This art lesson is appropriate for middle or high school students.
Teach students to use naturally complementary colors to create fall paintings.
Show your students the joy of using color to paint beyond what they see with their eyes! Students will experiment with watercolor and painting sounds and feelings with color.
Get to know your students through still life painting! In this lesson, students will create a still life painting of objects that represent their past and their future hopes.