Art Lesson Plans for Secondary


Lesson Teacher/Designer Example/More Info
Value Grids Chris Noel

Do your students need a little work with value
before they embark on a shaded drawing? 
Value Grids are an effective tool to give them some practice.

Stackers: Pottery Sculpture Laura Lengeling Stackers: Thrown PotteryCreate a sculpture
using beginning
Graffiti Kassi Nelson Commercial Art Project
Op Art Drawing Project Ronda Sternhagen Identify Bridget Riley Art and create an Op Art piece
Inventing Personalities with Computer Graphic Design Chris Noel Construct visual portraits using photos and
computer, then write profiles. Rubric
ScARTtegories Ronda Sternhagen An art game to play at the beginning of the year
or the week before Winter Break! Example
Kaleidocycles Ronda Sternhagen KaleidocycleA paper manipulation
of symmetrical
diamonds or triangles.
Masterpiece Cookies Lisa Artherholt Edible Art
Stained Glass Lisa Artherholt Simple Suncatchers
Wire Bracelet with Beading Nancy Sojka A project done by art teachers late into the
evening at an AEI Conference
Clay Children's Nursery Rhymes Kassi Nelson Create a slab tile depicting a favorite Nursery Rhyme

Art and a Caring Exchange

Memory Project Students

These students from Midland Community Schools (Wyoming, IA) participated in the Memory Project in Spring 2010. Beth, Stacie, Channing, and Annie painted the portraits as part of their Senior Art Studio (senior independent study) class just before they graduated. Their art teacher Kellie Kelck shared this photo.

The Memory Project ( is an art service-learning program in which advanced high school students create portraits for children living in orphanages around the world.

The project was developed by Ben Schumaker as a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin.

In 2003, while volunteering in Guatemala, Ben encountered a man who had grown up in an orphanage. This man explained that he did not have any personal belongings from his youth. He suggested that Ben help the kids collect special items that would contribute to their sense of identity and self-worth.

From this, Ben envisioned that having portraits made by art students would be a way to connect American youth with kids from other countries in a meaningful exchange of caring. The Memory Project was officially born in the fall of 2004.

Several Iowa teachers have participated in this program. If you submit portraits, please share photos with





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