Reclaim Your Summer with Art Lesson Plans
You Can Easily Teach Art Using the Classical Model of Education
Are you busy this summer? Planning art projects that focus on the fundamentals (the grammar) of art takes hours of time. However, there’s no need to spend your summer reinventing the wheel by writing art lesson plans. I want to give you my complete art lesson plans for your homeschool community so you can reclaim your summer.
No one wants to spend their whole summer writing lesson plans. We all want to just relax… maybe read a book by the pool with a cold glass of tea nearby… But how can you relax with all these art projects hanging over your head?
“What exactly are we going to do for art each week? How can I make this art project work for both 4 year olds and 12 year olds? How can we make sure we’re teaching some real art principles in such a short time block? What supplies should I purchase?
I get it, I’m a Classical Conversations Director myself and between Practicum planning and prepping for next year, some of my previous summers have been anything BUT relaxing. However, this year, I finally created all my art lesson plans ahead of time and pulled together an organized, succinct shopping list before the summer even got into full swing! (Thank you Cornerstone for doing the same for all my science!) No need to re-invent the wheel- I’m sharing all my lesson plans with you here, so you can relax this summer too!
All American Drawing Lesson Plan Package
Amazing American Artists Lesson Plan Package
Are you curious about what a Ridge Light Ranch art lesson plan looks like?
Download a sample art lesson plan here.
All American Drawing Art Lessons
(Weeks 1-6 in CC)
We’ll start the school year off with some fun drawing projects that will correlate well with our study of American History and Geography! Here’s the All American Drawing set of lesson plans and blog posts:
- Week 1 Lesson Plan and Blog Post: Drawing Basic Shapes with American Landmarks
- Week 2 Lesson Plan and Blog Post: Drawing the U.S. Capitol Building Using Symmetry
- Week 3 Lesson Plan and Blog Post: Drawing Upside Down Ships
- Week 4 Lesson Plan and Blog Post: Using Color Like Andy Warhol
- Week 5 Lesson Plan and Blog Post: Tricking the Eye with Op Art
- Week 6 Lesson Plan and Blog Post: Making a Statement with Grant Wood’s American Gothic
All American Drawing Package
You can purchase all 6 lesson plans here with the All American Drawing Package. With this package, you’ll receive a great discount and great bonuses:
- A six-week materials list on a single page, organized by week
- A six-week materials shopping list on a single page, organized my material type. (This kind of organization will help you save time and money.)
- A carefully crafted sentence about each famous artist we study (ideal for memorization)
If you’re curious about what supplies you’ll need to complete these lessons, you can download the Cycle 3 All American Drawing Materials List here.
During the 3rd quarter, we’ll be having fun with these Amazing American Artists lesson plans:
- Week 13 Lesson Plan and Blog Post: Remembering Like Grandma Moses
- Week 14 Lesson Plan and Blog Post: Illustrating Like Norman Rockwell (blog post coming soon!)
- Week 15 Lesson Plan and Blog Post: Painting in Tones Like OKeeffe (blog post coming soon!)
- Week 16 Lesson Plan and Blog Post: Painting with Neutral Colors Like Andrew Wyeth (blog post coming soon!)
- Week 17 Lesson Plan and Blog Post: Painting with Primary Colors Like Roy Lichtenstein (blog post coming soon!)
- Week 18 Lesson Plan and Blog Post: Creating Cartoons Like Jim Davis (blog post coming soon!)
Amazing American Artists Package
You can also purchase this set of lesson plans in a great package deal. There are two options for this package, so let me show you the difference between them:
If you’re curious about what supplies you’ll need to complete these lessons, you can download the Cycle 3 Amazing American Artists Materials List here.
See What Others are Saying!
Thank you so much! These plans are a blessing to my community. One tutor said “these are amazing and like I hoped an art study could be!”Becca Nelson
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
What ages are your lesson plans written for?
The lesson plans are designed for 4-12 year olds, although I think older students and adults would enjoy them too. This is possible because every lesson plan includes options for scaling it up and down to fit the skill level and passion of your students, because it’s not all about age.
Our CC community had the full 4-12 year old age range last year and it looks like we will again this year. Last year I gave my lesson plans to my tutors and then encouraged them to do what would work for their class. Often they chose to have two levels available and let each student choose. They’d say something like: “You get to choose if you want to start with a pre-drawn picture and focus on painting or draw your own picture to paint!” It seemed to work great with the 4 year olds and the 12 years.
Are these art lesson plans classical?
Yes. These art lesson plans are designed for the grammar level of art. They focus on learning about people, art terms and basic techniques. They include references to help you, the teacher, integrate them with other subjects as often as possible.
Are these art lesson plans “stick-in-the-sand” simple?
Yes, although I’ve found stick-in-the-sand means different things to different people.
In her 2012 Writer’s Circle article, “Stick in the Sand: The Place of Technology in Community,” Leigh Bortins uses it to mean that we don’t need expensive technology to teach our children. In the CC community it has also evolved to mean that education does not need to be complicated, so look for ways to make homeschooling simple and doable.
If you have the existing knowledge of art or you have the time and the passion to teach yourself about art, I’m confident that you are fully capable to teach art without formal lesson plans. In that case it may feel simpler to you to do it yourself and not mess with lesson plans. If, however, you don’t already have knowledge about art or don’t have both the time and the passion to teach yourself the grammar (fundamentals) of art, then my lesson plans are a great way to simplify the process of teaching art. You can use my lesson plans to learn along side your students, with minimal preparation on your part.
Does my friend need to buy her own copy or can I share these lesson plans with her?
Thank you so much for helping me protect my copyright on these lesson plans. Whether you’re a Director or Tutor at your homeschool community, when you purchase my lesson plans you have permission to share paper copies with all the tutors/teachers in your single homeschool community!
Please do not give these lesson plans to others. Instead, share my website with them so they can purchase their own copy.
Why don’t you use "Discovering Great Artists" by Kohl and Solga?
I don’t have anything against the book, Discovering Great Artists. If you’re look for a book of fun crafts, it’s great. However, it doesn’t seem to use the classical model of education and it doesn’t feel like an art curriculum. Don’t get me wrong, I love crafts and I have enjoyed doing some of the crafts in that book! However, I want more for the short thirty-minute time slot we have for art in our CC community. I want to use what I know about the classical model to give our students a strong foundation in drawing and painting. I want them to learn interesting information about the world’s great artists integrated with other subjects, I want to introduce them to the major movements in art history, learn some basic art vocabulary, and work on projects that reinforce these concepts. I’m so glad CC gives directors a lot of flexibility in this area so we can make the most of our fine arts time.
I'm a little lost- how are your lesson plans organized?
For each art project you’ll find a blog post explaining some of the back story, my personal opinions, and photos I took while creating this lesson. I try to show a sample of the completed project here as well.
You’ll also find a product page for each lesson plan, showing the details of what is included in each lesson. Every lesson plan includes a short script for tutors, detailed art project instructions, modifications for various skill levels, and some extras that vary from lesson to lesson.
I’ve arranged my cycle 3 lesson plans into two main groups:
- All American Drawing (Weeks 1-6 in CC), and
- Amazing American Artists (Weeks 13-18 in CC).
You can purchase each lesson individually for $4.99 or purchase a 6-week package at a great discount, plus a few bonuses.