High School Art Projects that Students LOVE!

High School Art Projects that Students LOVE!

Do you ever get “that” look from your high school students when you present a project to them? You know what I mean, the deer in the headlights look. Art projects need to challenge the students in design and technique while engaging their interests. This in itself can be challenging for an art teacher to tackle.

These four high school art projects have proven to be successful at challenging and engaging the students (you know the kids like a project when they ask if they can do it again!).

Beyond the Border

Medium: Watercolor & India Ink Project

Create a 2D mixed media art piece that explores the expansion of the main subject matter that is in the inner rectangle branching into  the border around it-going beyond the border. The main subject should remain in color, but everything else turns black & white outside the main rectangle… FULL Lesson

Ceramics Roll-A-Beast Animal Sculptures

Medium: Ceramics

Body Features determined by Rolling the Dice!

FUN, FUN, FUN!! Create a fantasy creature that has unique body features determined by rolling dice, then create the creature in ceramics.  After choosing 6 predetermined animal parts that you want to include in the project & assign each part to a number (ex:1=Wings/feathers, 2=fangs/tusks, 3=tentacles, 4=fins/scales, 5=fur, 6=horns/antlers/claws). Keep the list a surprise until everyone had a chance to roll the dice…  FULL Lesson

Motorcycle Mixed-Media Art Lesson High School

Creating dynamic compositions in high school art.

Providing interesting subject matter for planning & creating compositions is important for art teachers to do. I had envisioned doing this mixed media motorcycle art project for several years & was so grateful to find someone who was willing to bring their motorcycle up to our school so my high school students could draw it! I wanted something to really challenge & provide a super interesting subject to teach composition to my high school art class… FULL Lesson

Watercolor Pouring and Masking Portrait Art Lesson

Medium: Watercolors

Are you or your students super tight when it comes to painting? I know I am!! Trying to loosen up a “tight” painter is HARD to do-it takes practice, trial & error. This HS art painting lesson is a great exercise in loosening up and letting go of control. Students will review positive and negative space. The will use a photo editing program to transform a portrait to show high contrast values (black or white only). They will experiment with different watercolor techniques such as pouring, masking and splattering.

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Developing nicely.

Developing Nicely  is a stunning blog by Chris Francis, UK Art teacher and Senior Leader at St Peter’s Catholic School, Bournemouth, England. The blog contains thought-provoking articles that are illustrated with creative, contemporary student artwork, such as the examples shown below by Beth. The site is a rich resource for GCSE and A Level Photography students in particular (these are qualifications studied by high school students in the UK) and is guaranteed to keep you engaged for hours. Highly recommended.

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Julia Stubbs

Julia Stubbs  is an Advanced Skills Teacher in Art and Design at William de Ferrers School, Essex, England. Her website features high quality OCR GCSE and A Level Art artwork, photographed comprehensively and listed with results. Exemplar material is available, as are teaching resources. The action paintings below are from Martin Reynolds’ Grade A, A2 Fine Art project. More of Martin’s project can be viewed  here .

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Ms. King’s AP Studio Art class

The website by AP Studio teacher Carrie King contains a superb collection of  teaching activities  for the Art students at Mt. Eden High school, Hayward, California, USA. The activities cover perspective, line drawing, the depiction of glass and metal objects, working in monochrome, figure drawing and still life arrangements; providing structured activities to help students complete the 12 AP Breadth pieces. Each assignment is accompanied by artwork from Carrie’s own students, such as the two examples below by Tiernan Kang (left) and Sikai Song.

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The Artist And I

Feeda is an experienced high school art teacher, working at Tanarata International Schools, Kajang, Malaysia. Feeda’s students have achieved outstanding success, including Top in Malaysia for Cambridge IGCSE Art and Design, three years in a row.  Feeda’s blog  documents these projects, making them valuable learning opportunities for others. The image below is from a project that was awarded Top in Malaysia in 2016. More of this project can be viewed  here .

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Bolton School (Girls’ Division) Art Department Blog

Mrs Crowther’s blog  contains artwork from Bolton School, United Kingdom. It features A Level and GCSE artwork as well as projects by younger students. A Year 10 Art lesson from Bolton School is included within our article about  use of mixed media for painting students . The example below is from a  GCSE Art project .

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Bartelart.com  is the home of Dr. Marvin Bartel, who has many decades of teaching experience, including over 30 years teaching in the Art Department at Goshen College, Indiana, United States. Marvin has Master and Doctor degrees in art education and is a consultant, lecturer and writer. His website contains superb essays about drawing, creativity and teaching art: many interconnected pages that will engage you for hours.

Photography Project

Photography Project  was created by UK Photography teacher Liam Smith and his students. The website contains tips and advice for GCSE and A Level Photography students, as well as examples of projects that were awarded high results. The image below captures a tintype image upon a broken mirror and is part of an 100%  A Level Photography project  exploring Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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Dan China  is a secondary school Art Adviser with a wealth of experience. His past roles include Ofsted Inspector and Chief Moderator / Examiner. He has worked on curriculum and assessment developments as well as revisions to examinations and assessment strategy. He has published a fantastic collection of student artwork Flickr, depicting some of the best A Level student work from Buckinghamshire schools (2007 – 2011).

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Art Teacher Social Media Profiles to Follow

Ferhan khan’s flickr.

Ferhan Khan  is an experienced high school Photography teacher from Doha College, Qatar. He has uploaded many outstanding A Level Photography and Art portfolios. These are shared in their entirety, with legible annotation and process documented, making these excellent learning tools. Students investigate exciting subject matter, explore contemporary editing techniques and stage innovative compositions, as shown in the work below by Beth Miseroy below. Some of the work by Ferhan’s has been featured on the Student Art Guide, such as Kareem Al Saady’s  100% AS Photography Coursework project .

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Monks’ Dyke Technology College’s Flickr

The Monks’ Dyke Technology College, which was in Lincolnshire, England, published a range of beautiful GCSE and A Level Art sketchbooks and final pieces from their Art Department (such as the A Level Fine Art sketchbook page below) on Flickr, with some exceptional Graphic Design, Fine Art and Photography submissions.

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Fortismere Art Department Flickr

Fortismere, a secondary school based in North London, UK, has a thriving Art Department.  Their  Flickr gallery  contains an extensive collection of images, including A Level Photography, A Level Fine Art etc.

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Sixth Form College Farnborough’s Instagram

This great  Instagram profile  has frequent posting of A Level artwork. This mixed media example is by A Level Art student George Punter.

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Websites for teachers of high school art and photography

Photo pedagogy.

Photo Pedagogy  is a website for high school photography teachers. It contains a comprehensive set of teaching resources, covering a wide range of topics, such as ‘threshold concepts’ and photo literacy. Photo Pedagogy was created by UK high school teachers and contains a collection of highly detailed photography lessons, many of which are accompanied by student examples. The images below are details from student responses to an  abstract forms lesson .

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Lectures on Digital Photography by Marc Levoy

Marc Levoy  taught digital photography at Stanford for many years and now leads a team at Google. He has  uploaded every lecture  and made this freely available. The 18 lecture course is targeted at beginners and covers: lenses, optics, light, sensors, natural optical effects, perspective, depth of field, sampling, noise, image processing, editing, computational photography, history, famous photographers and composition. There is hours of footage, which includes include assignments for students. Videos are also available on Marc’s YouTube channel, with a full playlist of the lectures available  here .

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InThinking Visual Arts by Heather McReynolds

InThinking Visual Arts  is a website for International Baccalaureate Art teachers by Heather McReynolds, who has over 20 years of teaching and examining experience. Heather was previously Head of Art at the International School of Florence and now offers training and workshops for IB Art teachers, writes textbooks and shares knowledge via the InThinking Visual Arts website. Although this site is subscription based, there is enough free content to keep you busy for hours. Much of the material is relevant for teachers of any high school Art qualification. The image below is by Enrico Giori who has his  IB Visual Art project  featured on both the InThinking and the Student Art Guide.

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AP Central Collegeboard website

Advanced Placement (AP) is a rigorous high school qualification offered to students in Canada and The United States. The College Board AP Central website has three great Art sections:  Drawing ,  2D Design  and  3D Design , which each include a link called ‘Drawing Portfolio with Student Samples and Scoring Guidelines’. These provide access to an excellent collection of student work (such as the beautiful fruit drawings pictured below by  Sucha Chantaprasopsuk  from Reavis High School), each accompanied by clear explanations for the marks they have received.

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Top Art exhibition

The  Top Art exhibition  features some of the best NCEA Level 3 Photography, Design, Printmaking, Sculpture and Painting (this is the New Zealand equivalent of A2 Art & Design) produced by Year 13 New Zealand high school art students. An excellent source of inspiration for students and teachers.

Some Top Art students have been featured on the Student Art Guide, including work by  Bronte Heron  and  Grace Pickford  (work shown below).

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NZQA website

The  New Zealand Qualification Authority  (NZQA) publish fantastic resources to help high school art teachers and students. Of particular note are the exemplar material that is provided for Painting, Photography, Design, Sculpture or Printmaking. This student work is very similar to that which is required for A Level Art & Design and is a fantastic resource for high school Art students studying any qualification. Work of a range of ability levels is shown, along with superb annotation from the examiners. There is also a separate section of Scholarship exemplars (such as the superb example below) – the very best work from Year 13 high school students.

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The Saatchi Gallery art prizes for schools

The Saatchi Gallery, London, runs major art competitions for high school students, as part of its education program. The winning and short-listed entries are available for viewing on their  website . Although only single artworks are exhibited from each student (as opposed to the complete bodies of work) the range and quality of work is excellent, making this website a great place for those seeking inspiration. The image below shows a shortlisted artwork by Libby Gervais, Churcher’s College, Petersfield, United Kingdom (image credit:  Petersfield Post ). You may also be interested in our collection of  art competitions for high school students .

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7 Easy Art Lessons For When You’re in a Pinch

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Sometimes lesson planning comes down to the wire. Maybe your students went through a project much faster than expected, or you simply did not have the time to get ahead of things. We’ve all been there. It’s not unheard of to scour the internet and social media for ideas, but sometimes we still come up short. No art teacher is perfect, and we all need a lesson idea in a pinch from time to time! We don’t want these activities to be fluff or busywork. Instead, we want them to help our students build skills and scaffold learning.

The next time you find yourself in need of a last-minute activity or lesson, look no further. The following seven activities are easily adaptable for various grade levels. They also require minimal material prep and use supplies you likely have in your art room.

1. Personal Soda Can Label

two soda cans and drawing

We live in a consumer world where new beverages, food, candy, and snacks are constantly introduced to the market. Teachers and students experience product and brand design —often without even realizing it. Looking at the typography and imagery of different products can spark interesting conversations with both elementary and secondary students.

One way for students to explore the idea of consumerism through product design and advertising is by creating a personal beverage label. This will require students to brainstorm a brand and identity for their product by picking the flavor, color, and overall look. Use the handout below  to get your students started planning their designs.

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Once students have designed their labels, you can take this activity a step further by attaching the design to an aluminum can. Have students participate in a reflection or critique activity. Ending the activity here might be appropriate for your elementary students, but you could take it a step further for your middle and high schoolers. Have students use their aluminum can with a custom label for observational drawing. Beginning students often struggle with matching the text and typography on traditional soda cans. Using the label they initially created will help them build confidence in their drawing skills. After practicing observational drawing skills, students add shading to create the illusion of form. High school students can also explore more package design and advertising elements.

Suggested materials: Paper, drawing materials, aluminum cans (optional) Suggested grade levels: Elementary, middle school, high school

2. Crushed Soda Can Drawing

crushed soda cans

Another simple yet effective way to recycle aluminum cans in your classroom is to crush them and use them for observational drawing. When students learn to draw, they eagerly want to draw things as realistically as they can. Students often feel frustrated and disappointed when they aren’t able to draw things perfectly. One way to reduce the pressure of realistic drawing is to begin with an imperfect object. Crushing cans and spray painting them white can serve as a beautiful and cost-effective way to teach basic drawing skills.

crushed soda can drawing

Students can draw the cans from life or use a reference photo. If they use a reference photo, you could introduce your students to the traditional grid method or provide them with alternative ways of making a grid.

Cover the cans with white paint so students can focus on the simplified shapes without worrying about labels or text. Strong lighting can also help students to identify values easily. If you don’t have aluminum cans on hand but still want to try this activity, use these images as references .

To adapt this lesson and take it even further for your secondary students, explore new and advanced techniques to create a background with contrast and emphasis. Students research and experiment with a technique they have wanted to try. Provide them with a demonstration and sampling of some ideas to get them started.

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Suggested materials: Paper, drawing materials, aluminum cans Suggested grade levels: Upper elementary, middle school, high school

3. Ashley Mary-Inspired Organic Shape Painting

painting exemplar

Exploring abstract and non-objective art can be an empowering experience for students. However, sometimes the freedom to create can leave them paralyzed or push them to overwork their pieces. One way to introduce students to proper painting techniques while exploring color, pattern, and shape is to learn about the contemporary artist Ashley Mary . Mary’s playful paintings are reminiscent of the free-form collages of Matisse. Comparing Mary, a contemporary artist, with Matisse, a classical artist, can provide a foundation for inspiration and discussion. To learn more about Ashley Mary, download our complimentary FLEX Curriculum Artist Bio . Find this and many more artist bios in FLEX Curriculum .

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Before students begin painting, have them choose a color scheme. Encourage students to work with a limited palette to push them to make more intentional color decisions. Students create shapes and patterns one paint layer at a time. If using watercolor, this can be a wonderful exploration of how transparent and translucent colors mix and layer. The free-form nature of this painting style also fosters intuitive thinking.

Suggested materials: Paper, acrylic or tempera paint, watercolor Suggested grade levels: Elementary, middle school

4. Water Droplet Drawing

water drop exemplar

If you are looking for a skill-building activity to boost your students’ confidence, this is it! Inspired by art teacher Jennifer Sell , this water droplet drawing activity is the perfect way to introduce students to shading and form at any age level. For best results, use a material that blends easily, like graphite, charcoal, chalk, or oil pastel. Use these videos to help guide your students as they navigate through the activity.

To adapt this for your advanced learners, students create the same drawing with two different media. Compare and contrast the process, medium characteristics, and end results.

Suggested materials: Paper, chalk, graphite, charcoal, or oil pastel Suggested grade levels: Upper elementary, middle school, high school

5. Textured Slump Mold Slab Bowl

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Are you in need of a one-day clay activity that requires minimal materials? Creating slump molds is a great way to introduce or review making slabs with students. All you need is clay and a mold, like a bowl, to press the clay inside. This idea also can introduce surface texture on clay. Students roll a slab, add texture, then press into the slump mold. If you plan on doing more clay lessons with your students, this is a quick project for students to practice the glazing process.

Suggested materials: Clay, bowls for molds Suggested grade levels: Elementary, middle school

6. Op Art Drawing

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Optical illusions are always exciting for students, and learning how to make them is even better! Some op art designs require more math and complexity, while others are on the simpler side. These op art sphere and cube designs are perfect as an introduction to your younger artists. Check out this video for a step-by-step guide to create them.

If you plan on doing more complex op art activities with your advanced or high school students, these simple drawings will make great bellringer prompts. Connect several spheres and cubes to create more elaborate patterns and compositions. For more op art lesson ideas, check out the Connecting Op Art and Math in FLEX Collection.

For a brief introduction to op art that you can share with your students, check out the FLEX video below:

Suggested materials: Pencil, markers, ruler, paper Suggested grade levels: Elementary, middle school, high school

7. Color Mixing Lines

color mixing line exemplar

The process of color mixing never ceases to amaze students, no matter how many times they have experienced it. This activity allows students to observe color mixing and explore creative drawing processes.

To start this project, students use a water-based marker or watercolor paint. If students use markers, create shapes of color right next to or slightly overlapping each other. Prep an eyedropper filled with water or a paintbrush dipped in clean water. Stand the painting up vertically and carefully drop water on the paper. Watch as the water mixes with the color and drips down the page together.

Use the same method with watercolor paint with a wet-on-wet technique by painting the paper with water first. Add color with the paper held vertically.

Once the paint drips are dry, students identify the positive and negative shapes created by the drips. Students can trace the shapes and fill in designated areas with line patterns.

Suggested materials: Water, watercolor, markers, paper Suggested grade levels: Elementary, middle school

Alexander Graham Bell said, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” With all that art teachers have to do daily, we understand the importance of preparation. However, there are only so many hours in the day, and sometimes we don’t have enough time to get it all done! If you find yourself behind, overwhelmed, or stuck, try one of these activities. They are sure to engage students from start to finish, adaptable for all grade levels, and you can easily tie them into your existing curriculum when you’re in a pinch.

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First Day of School Advice For Art Teachers

In this post I want to share some art lesson ideas and tips for beginning the year in the art room off on a positive note.  I will also share some techniques that will make your  students feel comfortable and confident creating art with meaning and purpose right from the start.  

The first days of school are stressful for everyone. Most middle and high school art teachers just spent weeks preparing a syllabus, writing curriculum, developing class rules, coming up with classroom procedures, thinking about art projects, lesson plans, and designing the perfect ice breaker activity.  We do everything we can to make sure we make a good impression on our students and show them we are prepared, organized,  and ready to establish order and mutual respect in the art classroom.  

All of these things are super important and are part of the recipe for starting the year off right, but I think there is one thing that teachers often overlook that really can be extremely powerful and set the tone for everything else.  

During one of my first years teaching another teacher shared something with me that completely changed how I viewed my priorities for the first few weeks of school. It wasn’t a set of techniques or a bunch of strategies.   He shared the following quote by Theodore Roosevelt.  He kept it on a magnet on his desk.  The quote was: 

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”  

The quote really resonated and made me reflect on my own high school experience.   I think we have all had that one teacher that made us feel special and and effortlessly captivated the class.  It wasn’t the teacher with the best theatrics, it was the one who had that perfect balance of structure but still somehow let you know you were important and seen. 

Remembering Student’s Names EARLY Shows You Care IMMEDIATLY

It may seem super obvious or even trivial, but remembering student names within the first few days of school can be the single most important thing you do all year.  It is the quickest way to show students they matter and build a rapport fast.  It may sound scary and overwhelming with all the other things you have to focus on in the art class, but don’t worry.  I have your back.  

In this post I will share lots of techniques and strategies and share some books and resources that can help.  

I am personally obsessed with human behavior, our brains, and how mindset affects achievement and success.  I am always reading books, listening to podcasts, and studying about how our thoughts and emotions affect our behavior and personalities.    I truly believe we must feel good on the inside in order to be our best selves and thrive on the outside. 

If we are feeling insecure, undervalued, not noticed, or overwhelmed, it is so much harder to give your best effort, live up to your fullest potential,  and take risks.  These are all of the things every art teacher wants their students to do in the art class.

Most People Forget Your Name a Few Seconds After an Introduction

We are all pretty used to people not remembering names and I’m sure you relate.  We have all been there….. trying to recall someone’s name just a few minutes after they JUST introduced themselves. It can be so frustrating.  Students are very used to this as well.  

In his book Limitless (which I highly recommend and will link below) Jim Kwick explains, 

“Our brains are too busy trying to think of what we are going to say next, rather than really listening to the person talking. We are too concerned with being interesting than interested.” 

This is easy to do on the first few days of school.  We want to be engaging and we are trying so hard to make a good impression.  However, proving to students right away that you are interested will automatically get their attention and make you more interesting.  When they see you took the time to really pay attention and notice them, they will feel valued, important, worthy, and more interested in everything else that you do.

Making a Concious Choice to REALLY Memorize ALL of Your Student’s Names

Remembering names used to be so hard for me.  But I realized that was only because I wasn’t committed to  making it a priority.   My focus was always on a hundred other things and learning names wasn’t at the top of my list.  I would try, but I wasn’t REALLY trying. 

I would forget a name and then move onto the next one on my list so I didn’t look bad or move too slowly and bore my class.   I would  tell myself I would go back to that one after I finished attendance or whatever task I was doing.  Usually I would get caught up and prioritize something else.

Once I made the decision to commit and learn new ways to learn and memorize,  it was not as hard as I thought.  The difference it has made in the comfort level of everyone in the classroom has been so profound. 

Remembering Names in The First Week Leads to More Trust 

This simple act has allowed me to develop deeper connections with my students and gain their trust and respect so much faster.  It makes ME feel amazing when I can call students by their names without cheating on the second day of class.  My energy, mood, and confidence soars and in turn so does theirs. 

The amazing Maya Angelou said,

 “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Many students are walking into your art room on the first days of school feeling anxious, nervous, scared, and insecure.  This is especially true if  they have been conditioned to think they can’t draw and are not good at art.  

If we can transform those negative emotions into good feelings fast, we immediately earn their trust and can create deeper connections with them sooner.

There are studies that show when people hear their own names parts of the brain are activated and feel good chemicals are released. This is just one simple thing we can to build positivity and create a lasting impression from the start.

So How Do You Learn 100 Plus Student Names in Only a Few Days?  

Below is a list of  some tips, techniques and  strategies that have helped me.  I recommend trying out a few and seeing which ones work best for you.  

The most important thing is to commit to the process and make it a priority each day.  I promise the results will be worth the effort and it will help you far beyond those first few days. 

Below are some examples of art projects I do on the first day of school that incorporate student names into the designs.  All of these lessons also help me to get to know my students quickly because they encourage them to express their own interests, ideas, and personalities .   The best part is that they don’t need any art experience or prior drawing skills.  They aren’t intimidating and anyone can do them.

Radial Symmetry Name Design

In this  Radial Symmetry Mixed Media Design .  Students create a radial symmetry design using their name and add collage and paint marker to embellish the piece and incorporate some of their interests.  It is super simple and creates a mandala like design.  

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Reflective Symmetry Name Design

In the  Reflective Symmetry Name Design  below, students reflect their name over an axis and fill the shape with patterns, textures, and colors of their choice.  They come out looking like little totems.  You can stack them on top of each other and they look great displayed together in the classroom or hallways.

Neuro Doodle Design with Student Names

This last project is my favorite. In this Neuro Doodle Design students begin by writing their name large across the paper and then add freeform lines over the top and smooth out all of the intersections with a sharpie. 

distance learning art mixed media high school art lesson student work

All of these projects are excellent for the first week of school.  I love them because, in addition to helping me learn my students’ names, they build student confidence and show them they can do well in art despite any preconceived ideas they may have.

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My kids and I are in love with doing  art projects  around here. Are you looking for inspiration for your next art activities for kids? Today I have 100 fine art projects for kids that teach about great artists, for ALL ages! These art ideas can be your go-to resource for finding the best projects to teach your kids or students about the great artists.

100 fine art projects for kids inspired by famous artists

These are easy art project ideas for teaching fine art to kids from preschoolers up through high schoolers. You will love exploring the different fine art projects included here. Some are from my site, but many are from other awesome and talented bloggers around the blogosphere.

So, collect your art supplies and get ready for some awesome art and craft activities that your students and kids will love! They are sorted by the artist for convenience in finding just what you are looking for.

Also, check out my Exploring Great Artists study pack in  my shop ! It goes in depth about 10 artists and includes 2 prints for each artist.

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Enjoy exploring these art project ideas for kids. I hope this inspires YOUR fine art lessons now and in the future!

100 Fine Art Projects Inspired by Famous Artists

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Michelangelo Artist Study from Our Journey Westward

Michelangelo for Kids from Happy Homeschool Nest

Exploring Michelangelo with Preschoolers from Rainy Day Mum

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Mondrian Style Fibonacci Art from Teach Beside Me

Mondrian Inspired STEAM Playdough Project from The Preschool Toolbox

Process Art Craft Stick Rainbow Inspired by Mondrian from Preschool Powol Packets

Mondrian Stained Glass Window Art from What Do We Do All Day?

Mondrian Inspired Art for Toddlers from Rainy Day Mum

7 Ways to Explore Mondrian for Kids from Laylay Mom

Mondrian Sun Catcher from School Time Snippets

Claude Monet

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Monet Artist Study from Teach Beside Me

Monet Art Project for Kids from Susan Evans

Claude Monet Unit Study from Table Life Blog

Monet Water Lilies Sensory Bin from Playground Park Bench

Monet Water Lily Craft from School Time Snippets

Grandma Moses

Grandma Moses Artist Study from Our Journey Westward

Folk Art Lessons with Grandma Moses from Harrington Harmonies

Edward Munch

Edward Munch Lesson Plan from Eva Varga

Louise Nevelson

Framed Art Sculptures Inspired by Louise Nevelson from Scribble Doodle and Draw

Georgia O’Keefe

Georgia O’Keefe Art Projects for Kids from Susan Evans

Georgia O’Keefe Artist Study from Jimmie’s Collage

Top 10 Georgia O’Keefe Art Projects for Kids from Artsy Craftsy Mom

Georgia O’Keefe Artist Study with Kids from Art Bar Blog

Pablo Picasso

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Picasso Self Portraits from Teach Beside Me

Picasso art Projects for Kids from Susan Evans

Pablo Picasso Unit Study from Table Life Blog

Picasso Artist Study from Jimmie’s Collage

Simple Artist Study: Picasso from Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers

Exploring Spain with Pablo Picasso from Crafty Moms Share

Top 10 Pablo Picasso Projects for Kids from Artsy Craftsy Mom

Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock Artist Study from Teach Beside Me

Jackson Pollock Process Art for Kids from Stir the Wonder

Rembrandt Art Projects for Kids   from Susan Evans

Rembrandt Art Project: Facial Expressions from Half-a-Hundred Acre Woods

Renoir Artist Study from Jimmie’s Collage

Renoir Art Project for Kids from Teach Beside Me

Georges Rodrigue

Colorful Animal Paintings inspired by Georges Rodrigue from Buggy and Buddy

Studying Rousseau: Nature-Inspired Process Art from Playground Parkbench

Who Henri Rousseau Matters in Art Education from Oaxaca Born

Henri Rousseau Artist study from Adventures in Mommydom

Georges Seurat

Pointillism Art with Georges Seurat from Teach Beside Me

Paint Swatch Pointillism from Laylay Mom

Johannes Vermeer

Vermeer Artist Study from Jimmie’s Collage

Vincent Van Gogh Art Projects

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Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night Mixed Media Collage by The Preschool Toolbox

Van Gogh Art Projects for Kids from Susan Evans

Starry Night Inspired Sensory Bin from Munchkins and Moms

Vincent Van Gogh Unit Study from Adventures in Mommydom

Van Gogh Artist Study from Preschoolers and Peace

Superhero Cityscape Art with Van Gogh from Preschool Powol Packets

Top 10 Vincent Van Gogh Art Projects from Artsy Craftsy Mom

Painting Like Van Gogh from Only Passionate Curiosity

Sculpting with Vigeland from Eva Varga

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol Inspired Flag Pop Art from Teach Beside Me

Warhol Inspired Art for Kids from Still Playing School

Andy Warhol Art for Kids from Red Ted Art

Andy Warhol Art Project for Kids from The Crafty Classroom

Self Portrait Andy Warhol Art from Meaningful Mama

Motoi Yamaoto

Salt Art Inspired by Motoi Yamaoto from Buggy and Buddy

Well, that wraps up the 100 fine art projects post! This is a big and exhaustive list!

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Homeschool Art Curriculum for High School: Everything You Need For Your Teen

Art in high school is more than just another subject! This homeschool art curriculum for high school will give your students a tour of great artists with picture study and art projects – all while easily earning an art credit.

This homeschool art curriculum for high school will give your students a tour of great artists with picture study, art projects and an art credit.

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Homeschool Art Curriculum for High School

If you have never attempted art appreciation, you can start in high school and make it fun! You can have a rich and comprehensive high school art experience at home!

High school art level instruction takes very little planning and the effort can help bring balance and enjoyment to your homeschool week.

The Benefits Of Adding A High School Art Curriculum To Your Homeschool

As the parent, you can be a fellow student alongside your high schoolers. This will make the experience meaningful for the entire family! Here are just a few of the benefits for you as the homeschool teacher and for your children as homeschool students:

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An Overview Of Our Homeschool Fine Art Appreciation Curriculum For High School

Our high school art curriculum incorporates picture study in a Charlotte Mason manner. Artists and composers are covered chronologically.

Best of all, in just one hour of instruction per week, our high school art lessons inspire creative thinking and discussion.

Here is an overview of how our high school art program works:

Just three, easy steps!

Composer studies are included in our plans – to match the artists of the same time period!

Your Student Can Build a High School Art Appreciation Portfolio

We show your student how to build the portfolio throughout the year. Notebooking pages provided!

What is art copywork? This homeschool art curriculum for high school will give your students a tour of great artists with picture study, art projects and an art credit.

What Is Art Copywork?

Art copywork is taking a piece of art and making your own version of it. This type of artist study nothing new and has been practiced by all the great painters of the past!

Art copywork is a lesson in observation and in learning how other artists solve problems. How do you create 3-D? How do you make the shadows? How do you draw a face? These are skills that can be practiced and mastered over time by closely observing great paintings and then making your own copy.

Art Books for Homeschooling High School

We recommend two, wonderful spine resources The Annotated Mona Lisa and The Story of Painting for all four years of our homeschool high school art curriculum.

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The Annotated Mona Lisa for Homeschool High School Art

If you have to choose one book for your homeschool art curriculum for high school, choose The Annotated Mona Lisa . This book is a nuts and bolts book that will take you through the entire course of art history with no frills.

The Annotated Mona Lisa includes various topics other than just painting – like sculpture, photography, video, and architecture. Your high schooler can read a few pages a week and keep notes for their artist reports.

This homeschool art curriculum for high school will give your students a tour of great artists with picture study, art projects and an art credit.

Additional High School Art Appreciation Activities

In addition to the two recommended spine books as your art curriculum for high school, here are some optional resources that we have enjoyed as well:

Art Credit For High School

More Fine Arts Resources for Your Homeschool

Our You ARE an ARTiST high school art and music plans pull together affordably priced materials along with internet links so you can have a reasonably priced art and music appreciation program. There are 32-36 weeks planned at each level, and this allows your family plenty of flexibility to complete the curriculum in one homeschool year. The plans are listed by grade, but you can also use Grades 1-8 family-style if you have multiple children at home.

— You ARE an ARTiST Clubhouse members enjoy ALL Homeschool Fine Arts Plans at 50% off! —

Written by Barb 2011 and updated by Tricia 2022

This homeschool art curriculum for high school will give your students a tour of great artists with picture study, art projects and an art credit.

Growing a love of art at You ARE an ARTiST is a multi-generational passion! Tricia is Nana’s daughter and a mama of five children. Nana shared her first chalk pastel art lessons with her grandchildren around Tricia’s kitchen table. Homeschooling since 2000, Tricia has seen the fruits of home education with three homeschool grads so far! She shares the art and heart of homeschooling at Hodgepodge and is author of the book, Help! I’m Homeschooling! She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of sister sites Homeschool Nature Study and The Curriculum Choice .

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43 Collaborative Art Projects That Bring Out Everyone’s Creative Side

When everyone gives a little, the results are pure magic!

Jill Staake

Art is about expressing your individuality, but you can also make something pretty incredible when people pool their talents. Regardless of whether you are into painting, sculpture, doodling, or mosaics, there is truly something for everyone on this list. Some art ideas incorporate nature while others are messy enough to warrant a little outdoor time. These collaborative art projects work for kids, teens, and adults alike while providing results everyone can be proud of!

1. Embellish your thumbprints

Collaborative art projects include ones like this one which shows a teacher holding a colorful collage of tiny thumbprint faces.

Art projects like this one are so cute and simple yet so impressive! Each child simply makes a thumbprint on a small piece of paper, then turns it into a face with black marker. Finally, assemble them into a rainbow collage and frame the impressive results.

Learn more: @art.teacher.thats.me

2. Stack pom-poms into a tree

Small cone-shaped tree made from a variety of yarn pom poms

Yarn pom-poms are easy to make and are also an excellent way to use up scraps of yarn. Have each student contribute one or a few, then glue them to a Styrofoam form to make a sweet little tree.

Learn more: @clever_poppit_resources

3. Layer a drip mural

Collaborative art projects can include murals like this one made of colorful paper "drips" layered on top of each other.

Kids will surely find Jen Stark’s colorful art exciting and inspiring. For this collaborative art project, have them each make their own “drip” piece, then layer them together for one big finished mural.

Learn more: @ktgigliottiwrites

4. Line the hall with tile silhouettes

Large silhouettes of kids, covered in colorful clay tiles

Art project ideas that help beautify outdoor spaces are some of our favorites. This is also a cool way to commemorate a graduating class. Cut out wood silhouettes, then have students make colorful clay tiles to fill them.

Learn more: @msrobertsartroom

5. Paint with trains

Collaborative art can even include toys like this one that uses toy trains dragged across piles of paint on a canvas to create a painting.

What could be more fun than creating a collaborative art piece with toys? Let kids’ imaginations run wild while driving toy trains across piles of bright-colored paint on a large canvas.

Learn more: Play Trains

6. Cut out a cityscape

Collaborative art project showing a colorful paper city skyline

This collaborative project builds on individual city skylines that kids draw first. Then, they each choose their favorite building and add it to a larger cityscape.

Learn more: @msfordesclassroom

7. Collaborate on canvas

Woman holding a colorful mural poster lettered with Johnson Elementary School with patterns between the letters

Let colorful patterns offset the letters of a word or phrase that’s meaningful to your students so it really pops off the page. Start by painting the letters, then let kids add the colors and patterns. Finish by fixing any edges where they’ve gone over the lines (because you know they will!).

Learn more: School Name Mural—Cassie Stephens

8. Fill a giant flower vase

Collaborative art projects come together like this Van Gogh style flowers filling a large paper vase on a bulletin board.

Art ideas for middle school lessons often take inspiration from famous artists. Channel your students’ inner Vincent van Gogh and have them create a beautiful impressionist paper flower. Then cut out a large paper vase, attach it to a bulletin board or wall, and fill it with all the gorgeous blooms!

Learn more: Art at Becker Middle School

9. Illustrate the ABCs

Collaborative art projects can include canvases like this one divided into squares with image representing a letter of the alphabet made with handprints or fingerprints in each

First, have each student take a letter and draw or paint something to represent it. We especially love how this example incorporates students’ handprints and fingerprints.

Learn more: Cat Wright—Pinterest

10. Cover a wall with butterflies

Wall hung with paper butterflies; text reads Until you spread your wings, you'll have no idea how far you can fly

These pretty butterflies will certainly inspire kids to dream higher. During this project, each student creates their own paper butterfly. Then, they are assembled to form a true flight of fancy!

Source: No Added Sugar

11. Paint with bouncy balls

Two large green bouncy balls are shown dropping into a cardboard box that has paper and paint inside it.

Before getting started with this fun collaborative art project, set up a cardboard box with tall sides with either paper or canvases inside. Then set up different-colored paints in muffin tins so each color has its own slot. Finally, give your students balls that they can dip in the paint and drop onto the paper in the box. Be sure to do this project on a nice day since you’ll definitely want to keep this mess outside.

Learn more: School Time Snippets

12. Bring tiles together into one great work

Collaborative art projects can be portraits like this one of a lion broken up into squares painted in different styles.

Some art project ideas like this one will take some time and planning, but the end result will be worth it. Students choose a subject then break it down into individual canvases, each done in their own style. When it’s reassembled, you get magnificently unique artwork to display for years to come.

Learn more: Crestwood

13. Sculpt a ceramic tile mural

Mural made of ceramic masks hung together on a wall

This type of collaborative art project requires a little more work, but the results are stunning. Choose a different theme for each class or year, and soon you’ll have an amazing collection on display.

Learn more: Deep Space Sparkle

14. Paint a river of rocks

Painted rocks arranged to form a flowing river shape with a sign saying There's Only One You

Painted rocks are all the rage these days, but we love the way the students at Sharon Elementary are displaying their work. This river of painted rocks is everything that makes collaborative art so effective since it incorporates individual creativity into a harmonious whole.

Learn more: Scary Mommy

15. Paint a shower curtain

A child stands behind a clear shower curtain hanging up outside painting it in this collaborative art project.

Be sure to check the weather forecast since you will definitely want to do this messy (but fun) project outside. Use heavy-duty twine to hang your shower curtain from a tree branch, then use some heavy rocks to weigh down the curtain. Finally, give your kids paint and paintbrushes and watch the creativity soar!

Learn more: Happy Toddler Playtime

16. Chain together paper hearts

Collaborative art projects can be 3-D like this one that takes individual 3-D hearts and combines them into larger hearts that form a paper chain.

What better way to show how united your students are than with a chain of connected hearts! Each kid decorates a paper strip and then they’re attached together to form big, bold hearts.

Learn more: Art With Mrs. Nguyen

17. Assemble an altered puzzle

Jigsaw puzzle painted with different images and patterns on each piece

Find an old puzzle at the thrift store—look for the kind meant for young kids, with 25 or 30 large pieces. Have each child customize a piece, then assemble them into one striking collaborative art piece.

Learn more: Melissa Shepherd—Pinterest

18. String up wall art

Large leaf outlines made from string hung between nails on the wall

How cool is this? String art is making a comeback, and these big leaves are so fun for kids to create. Not allowed to make holes in the wall? Try using pushpins on a bulletin board instead.

Learn more: Small Hands Big Art

19. Soar off on unique feathered wings

Woman posing in front of large wings made of individually decorated paper feathers

Have each student create a paper feather using watercolors, then assemble them into wings. This makes for a terrific photo op!

Learn more: C.R.A.F.T.

20. Grow a paper forest

A collaborative art project of 3-D paper forest of painted pine trees

From a distance, the forest blends together, but when you get up close, every tree is unique. Make different styles of paper trees, then put them together for a walk in the woods!

Learn more: Painted Paper Art

21. Upcycle a plastic bottle cap mosaic

This collaborative art project is made from plastic water bottle caps that are painted and come together to form a picture of a frog.

When students recycle their plastic bottles, have them save the caps in a separate container. Then, use them to create colorful mosaics, like this cheery frog. ( Get more craft projects made with recycled materials here. )

Learn more: Krokotak on YouTube

22. Doodle, doodle, doodle

Students working together to create a large doodle collaborative art project

Regardless of artistic ability, doodle projects provide the perfect opportunity for kids to just let themselves go. The real fun comes as they laugh and chatter while they work.

Learn more: Doodling—The Art of Education

23. Get inspired by nature

Several little girls stand behind a circle of leaves and sticks that have been assembled into a collaborative art project.

Art project ideas that also double as a science lesson are definitely on the top of our list! Get outside with your students and have them collect sticks, leaves, pine cones, and whatever else they come up with so they can arrange them collaboratively into a natural art piece.

Learn more: Here Come the Girls Blog

24. Fold your way to a paper crane mobile

Large mobile made of colorful paper cranes photographed from the top looking down over desks in this collaborative art project.

Folding the traditional Japanese paper crane is a soothing activity, once you get the hang of it. Ancient legend promises peace and happiness to those who fold 1,000 of these paper birds. Your students don’t have to fold that many, but once they get going, they might surprise you!

Learn more: The Art of Education

25. Cook up pizza pillows

Pizza slice shaped pillows put together to form a large plush pizza

Sewing is a great skill for kids to learn, so these pizza pillows will be a great place to start. The nice thing about this collaborative art project is that every student can take their part of it home at the end of the year.

Learn more: Pizza Pillows—Cassie Stephens

26. Form a fascinating fish

Large paper fish with individually decorated paper plates for the scales and tissue paper tail and fins

Turn paper plates into fish scales and have each student decorate one. Use the scales to create a 3D fish (see how it’s done at the link below).

Learn more: Art Class With LMJ

27. Set up a weaving station

Child weaving yarn on a large loom mounted on a wall

The concept is simple: a large picture frame wound with warp threads and a basket of yarn nearby. Teach kids the basics of weaving, and they’re off! This collaborative art project is a creative way to occupy kids who finish other activities early.

Learn more: McAuliffe Elementary

28. Team up to bedazzle a stool

A stool is covered in different patterns and cut out words in this collaborative art project.

Since a stool is not the same as a large canvas, this collaborative art project is best done in small groups. Have one or two students at a time paint a small section of the stool. Once the base layer is dry, decoupage some magazine cut-outs of words. Finally, have some older students neaten things up before calling it done!

Learn more: Art Is Basic

29. Go big with a weaving wall

Fabric strips woven through chicken wire mounted on a wall in a wavy texture

Take weaving to a whole new level with chicken wire and fabric strips. This makes for a spectacular display down a long school hallway.

Learn more: Sara Eberhart/Instagram

30. Craft a paper quilt

Paper quilt squares made of quartered circles in different colors

In this collaborative mural, students cut out and bedeck a paper circle. Then they cut it into fourths and arrange it however they like on a square of paper. Assemble all the squares into a big quilt-like mural.

Learn more: Elements of the Art Room

31. Create a crayon mosaic

Collaborative art projects can use everyday objects like this colorful mosaic made of broken crayons.

Art project ideas that recycle otherwise unusable objects are undoubtedly some of our favorites. Save all those stubby ends of crayons that no one wants to use and turn them into a vibrant mural. Remove the paper and trim them to the appropriate size with scissors, then glue them into place on your desired design.

Learn more: Rethink Crafts

32. Piece together a holiday tree

A Christmas tree is made from several decorated green triangles in different shades. They come together to form one large triangle with a star on the top and a stem on the bottom.

Everyone needs art ideas to implement in their classroom during the holiday season. Give each student a triangle in varying shades of green and let them decorate them to their liking. Be sure to include plenty of pom-poms, glitter, gems, markers, etc., so they can really personalize them. Finally, piece them all together to create a large triangular tree and add a star on the top and a stem on the bottom.

Learn more: Instagram/Teaching Poppets

33. Weave a collection of circle art

Circle art projects are lined up on the wall.

The secret to this stunning collaborative art project? Upcycled CDs! CD weaving is easy to learn and lots of fun to do. The result of the assembled pieces is sure to draw oohs and aahs.

Learn more: Make It a Wonderful Life

34. Roll along with paper coils

Butterfly design made of coiled strips of colorful paper

This collaborative art project is perfect for using up scraps of paper. Coil strips into tubes and glue down the ends. Then arrange them into whatever design your students fancy.

Learn more: Paper Coils—The Art of Education

35. Look up for decorated ceiling tiles

Ceiling tiles decorated with colorful flowers in oranges and reds

We love art ideas that help pep up an otherwise boring classroom ceiling. Take a note from this one that uses bright graphics to draw the eye toward the stellar artwork. Take the tiles down, flip them over, and work on the back (these are done in chalk and sealed with hairspray). Finally, put them back up when you’re done.

Learn more: Chalked Ceiling Tiles—Cassie Stephens

36. Show off with a street-art-inspired mural

Collaborative art project made of individual 2-D paper cubes with different designs on each

Before beginning this collaborative art project, give your students an art history lesson on street artist ThankYouX . Kids customize their own cube, then all join together to make one amazing mural.

37. Pencil in a collaborative art display

Broken and used colored pencils arranged into a starburst pattern

Try this project at the end of the year when everyone’s pencils are worn down to nothing anyway. Kids will certainly love experimenting with different patterns and shapes. When they find one they like, glue the pencils into place.

Learn more: Christy Ferrell—Pinterest

38. Head outside with some sidewalk chalk

Students collaborating on a rangoli design made with chalk and sand

Kids learn to cooperate when they have to share a space to create their masterpiece. Fortunately, sidewalk chalk is pretty forgiving since mistakes are inevitable.

Learn more: Kid World Citizen

39. Go geometric with watercolors

Pattern made of watercolor paper hexagons

Let students experiment with watercolors, then cut out and assemble geometric shapes (this teacher used a Cricut to simplify things).

Learn more: Karyl G.—Pinterest

40. Decorate and arrange craft sticks

Craft sticks decoration

Teachers will love this art project since you can get all the supplies you need at the dollar store. Each student paints a wooden craft stick, then they’re arranged into an eye-catching display.

Learn more: The Classy Teacher

41. Branch out in style

Long branch painted and decorated in different colors and hung on a white wall

This collaborative art project is not just inspired by nature, it also incorporates nature into its design. Before beginning, find a long branch with an appealing shape. Have kids paint and decorate it, then display it in your classroom.

Learn more: Artbar

42. Decorate a spring wall

A bulletin board has a sun, flowers, bees, and butterflies on it.

Experiment with some cool watercolor techniques to create the flower petals and oh-so-adorable creatures that bring this springtime wall to life. You can change the scope of the project based on how many kids you have working on this collaborative art project.

Learn more: Fun Littles

43. Make a shoebox mansion

Two children sit in front of a collaborative art project that consists of decorated cardboard boxes attached to a wall.

Save all those Amazon boxes and put them to good use while creating a one-of-a-kind shoebox mansion. Give kids lots of options for paper, glue, Popsicle sticks, markers, etc., so they can personalize their own room in the mansion. Your students (and you) will have so much fun seeing it all come together!

Learn more: ArtBar

What are your favorite collaborative art projects to do in the classroom? Come and share your ideas in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group  on Facebook.

Plus, get ideas for great auction art projects .

When kids work together, the results are impressive. Try these collaborative art projects to create painted murals, weavings, and more.

Jill Staake is a Contributing Editor with WeAreTeachers. She has a degree in Secondary English Education and has taught in middle and high school classrooms. She's also done training and curriculum design for a financial institution and been a science museum educator. She currently lives in Tampa, Florida where she often works on her back porch while taking frequent breaks for bird-watching and gardening.

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*Grades 9-12

We’ve listed all of our High School (Secondary School) art lesson plans here. These activities are best suited for Grades 9-12 – or – ages 14 and up years.

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Criss Cross Doodles

by Andrea Mulder-Slater Using materials found in every art room, students will draw criss cross lines to create shapes for doodles to live! Then, by following a few basic prompts, …

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Architecture Mood Board

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Draw and Paint a Sea Turtle

K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

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Pumpkin Swirls

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Abstract Squares

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Cerealism (Cereal Box Collage) with Michael Albert

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Glue and Pastel Totem Pole Pictures

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High school art programs face a number of challenges, including budgetary restrictions and students with a variety of different skill levels. Besides basic projects to teach students how to work in various art media, high school art teachers can take advantage of easy art projects that will bring variety and creative opportunities to any art curriculum.

One simple project with a wide range of possibilities is a collage assignment. Students can spend time collecting images based on a specific theme or concept from magazines, catalogs and by printing images from the Internet. Next, students have a chance to apply the principles of composition as they arrange their collages. To add to a collage assignment, art instructors may require students to produce original work to include in the collage alongside appropriated photographs and clippings.

Sculptural Painting

High school students have likely spent a great deal of time painting in acrylic, oils and watercolors. One simple twist on a traditional painting assignment is a sculptural painting, which involves students painting on a three-dimensional surface. Students may choose existing objects to serve as a nontraditional canvas, or construct their own by carving designs into a sheet of foam or rubber. A sculptural painting can give students a chance to think about painting as a three-dimensional art form and also familiarize them with new art materials and processes.

Lettering and calligraphy is a relatively simple process that high school-age students can use to develop patience and precise hand-eye coordination that will be useful in other areas of art. Besides paper, ink and pens, a lettering project needs few art supplies and is a low-cost alternative to painting sculpture projects. Calligraphy requires practice and can be a way to keep students busy and learning for long periods of time.

Besides producing traditional artwork, high school students who wish to pursue a career in art may benefit greatly from organizing a student art show. Students may select a theme for a class show, producing work especially for the exhibit or curating the art show by selecting from each student's best work from the past several years of art classes. An art show teaches high school art students about the business side of art while also giving them a chance to receive feedback from the public.

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20 Inspiring Art Activities For Middle School Students 

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June 13, 2022 //  by  Eisha Mohsin

There's nothing quite like creative art projects to break the monotonous study routine of middle school students. Contrary to popular opinion, artistic ability is not an innate skill, but rather something that can be honed and developed with practice.  Art teachers can find it challenging to consistently come up with art projects that are engaging and immersive. Look no further- here is a list of 25 art projects for middle school that can be incorporated into your lessons!

1. 3D Snowflakes 


This craft project is bound to be a big hit, especially around winter time. All you'll need is a few sheets of paper, ideally in varying shades of blue. Print out the snowflake template from the link above, and cut and stack the snowflakes onto each other for a 3D effect. Optional: decorate with glitter!

Learn more: Kids' Craft Room

2.Line Practice 


No art lesson can be complete without line practice. Dedicate an entire lesson to just lines, since this will come in handy when your students are sketching. If they need inspiration, refer to the template above- print it out and ask them to copy the patterns to the best of their ability.

Learn more: Teachers Pay Teachers

3. Thumbprint Art


This is a fun and versatile idea that can be tailored to fit a variety of age groups. All you need is a piece of paper and some basic supplies like paints and markers. Students will love how hands-on this activity is- they get to paint with their own thumbs and be as creative as they want to with the art that they create!

Learn more: Hello, Wonderful

4. Collaborative Mural 


This art project idea involves giving students large pieces of paper and acrylic paints in a vast array of colors. Divide the class into groups and work on this project over the course of a few lessons. Give each group full creative freedom regarding their section of the wall and watch them create a unique mural.

Learn more: What Have I Learned

5. Self-Portrait


This is a great activity to try with older middle schoolers. If there is one thing most famous artists have in common, it's that they all painted self-portraits. Examine a few famous self-portraits and discuss what they give away about the artist. Now, ask them to create their own self-portrait and reflect on what it reveals about them.

Learn more: Smofa.org

6. Faux Stained Glass Painting


This activity requires a slightly higher skill level than the rest but is still kid-friendly. Get a dollar store picture frame and put a printed outline of choice inside the frame to use as a template. Mix paint and glue and finish outlining with a black permanent marker for a gorgeous stained glass effect!

Learn more: Fabulessly Frugal

7. Chalk Art Projects 


Create a fun game out of this activity which only requires colored chalk. Take students out to a paved surface where they can easily draw with chalk. Give them timed prompts to draw, for example, their favorite food, flower, article of clothing- etc.

Learn more: Tiny Blue House

8. Grid Drawing 


Teach students how to perfect more complicated art projects by drawing into grid sections. This will teach them greater control and accuracy.

Learn more: Simon Rushton

9. Geometric Shape Drawing 


This colorful project challenges your students to draw and paint an animal using geometric shapes only. Although this may initially seem challenging, there are several animal forms that can be artistically replicated using shapes only!

Learn more: Tree Valley Academy

10. Pebble Paperweights- Halloween Edition 


This is a fun art project to do around Halloween time. Ask students to paint their favorite Halloween character onto the pebble. The best few pieces can be displayed around the class during Halloween week for an extra spooky feel!

Learn more: Belynda Ryan-Killeen

11. Fibonacci Circles 


This is an art and math lesson all rolled together in one! Cut out some circles of varying sizes and colors. Tell each student to arrange it as they deem fit. Marvel at the different permutations and combinations that your students will come up with!

Learn more: What Do We Do All Day

12. Sculpture Art


This cool project involves taking a rather complex art form and making it simple and accessible to middle schoolers. Instead of using cement, use packaging tape to create a 3D sculpture of a person. You'll be surprised to see how realistic the final result is!

Learn more: Look Between the Lines

13. Bubble Wrap Art 


Who doesn't love bubble wrap? Repurpose it to create a beautiful painting. Take some black paper and a few neon-colored paints. Cut the bubble wrap in circles or any other shape depending on your painting. Paint the bubble wrap, imprint it on your sheet of paper and add details to create your own unique painting.

Learn more: MetDaan Creative

14. Thumbprint Biography


Get your thumbprint blown up in a photocopier to get an A3-sized print. Write your biography in it, making it as colorful as possible. This could also be a language arts project where instead of students writing their biography they can write out their favorite poem. It's a little labor-intensive, but the results are worth the effort!

Learn more: Julie Ballew

 15. Create a Comic Strip 


Get students to practice their storytelling skills and display their artistic prowess at the same time by downloading a comic strip stencil like the one linked above and telling the students to come up with a short but effective comic strip.

Learn more: Menlo Park Art

16. Mosaic 


Get craft paper in a variety of different colors, cut it up into different shapes and glue everything together to create a stunning mosaic landscape of your choice.

Learn more: Art with Mr. Hall

17. Foil/ Metal Tape Art


Add some texture to your drawing by recreating the look of embossed metal- all by using scrunched-up foil to create a silhouette. This works particularly well to create fall-like images such as the tree shown in the image above.

Learn more: Sebenta Marta

18. Easter Egg Painting 


This fun art project works well for any grade level. Around Easter time, get a bunch of eggs, dye them in pastel colors and decorate them as a class. You can even consider hosting a classroom-wide easter egg hunt once everybody is done!

Learn more: Active Littles

19. Origami Art Installation 


Learn more: Sarah Evans' Art Resources

20. Resin Art


Resin art is all the rage these days. From creating bookmarks to art pieces to coasters- the options are endless. The best part is that if done right, the final product looks absolutely mesmerizing and makes for a great handmade gift as well!

Learn more: Art in Context

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20 Summer Art Programs for High School Students in 2023

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Summer programs are a great way to enrich your time between academic years, especially if you want to explore subject areas or deepen specific knowledge and skills that you wouldn’t have time for during the regular school year. For students who are interested in visual arts, there are many summer program options for you to pursue your passion while surrounded by other aspiring artists. While many pre-college programs are on the pricey side, many of the ones listed here are free or offer significant tuition assistance. One thing to keep in mind is that while most programs are residential or in-person, some have either transitioned entirely online or offer a virtual option due to COVID-19. 

1. City Art Lab

Dates: February 15- May 10, 2023

Location : New York, NY   

Application deadline : February 5, 2023 (has been reopened, no new deadline given)   

Cost : Free 

City Art Lab is a free arts program for teens, based at City College of New York (CCNY). The program joins CCNY’s Art Education graduate students with local youth to collaborate on community-based art projects. High schoolers can explore new materials and methods with practicing artists, develop their own artwork for a portfolio, and learn about college life on a Manhattan campus, all while meeting other artistically-inclined teens from all over NYC. Each program session concludes with an art exhibition to celebrate each year’s high school artists. 

2. Academy of Art University Pre-College Art Experience 

Dates : June 26- August 5, 2023

Location : San Francisco, CA or virtual   

Application deadline : Rolling  

Cost : Free

Offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters, the Pre-College Art Experience (PCAE) at the Academy of Art University is a free education program for high schoolers. San Francisco’s Academy of Art University is a private art school whose courses cover fashion, animation, game design, fine art, and more. The PCAE is available in-person or online and is an opportunity for high schoolers to begin their post-secondary studies in art. For each course a student passes in the PCAE, they earn $1,000 toward undergraduate tuition at the university, should they choose to pursue their higher education there. 

3. UCLA Acting and Performance Institute

Dates : Session A: June 25 – July 15, 2023; Session B: July 16 – August 5, 2023

Location : Los Angeles, CA

Application deadline : June 1, 2023

Cost : Depends on course load

This UCLA program is designed to immerse students in the world of high-level performing arts. For three weeks, students learn about performance training, movement techniques, and writing, while working on a showcase performance put on at the end of the program. Students get practical experience in the creative process of a theater, including rehearsals, conceptualizing, writing, and performing.

4. Student Gallery Guides at The Getty Museum 

Dates : June 15–July 30, 2023 

Location : Los Angeles, CA   

Application deadline : NA  

One of several programs for high school students hosted by The Getty Museum, the Student Gallery Guide program is a paid summer internship opportunity for teens interested in learning the fundamentals of museum education. Interns are trained to lead guided experiences with the Getty Center’s collection for visiting K-12 summer groups. This is a great opportunity for high schoolers with an interest in art to also develop public speaking and facilitation skills. Transportation to and from the Getty Center, as well as a stipend of roughly $1,800, is provided to each intern on the final day of the internship, based on successful completion of the program.

5. Cornell’s Art as Experience Summer Program

Location :  Virtual

Application deadline : 

Cost : $1,680 per credit

With over 2,300 high school students attending last year, Cornell’s summer programs are very popular. High school students can choose from four different art classes, each with a different focus: Drawing, Photography, and Digital Media; Image, Sound, and Motion; Sculpture Art in Three Dimensions; and Photography. These courses are only offered virtually, and also include a college admissions workshop, college fair, and final exhibit in a Cornell hall. There is financial aid available to help with the cost of the program. 

6. California State Summer School for the Arts 

Dates : July 8- August 4, 2023

Location : Sacramento, CA  

Application deadline : February 28, 2023  

Cost : $2,350

The California State Summer School for the Arts, commonly known as CSSSA, is a rigorous four-week, pre-professional visual and performing arts training program for high school students held each summer at the California Institute of the Arts. The Visual Arts Program is dedicated to helping students meet the challenges of contemporary art-making through assigned lessons. All students are assigned studio classes based on the interests they indicate on their application forms. The department offers studio classes in ceramics, digital media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The comprehensive fee covering room, board, and tuition for California State residents for four weeks is $2,350; for out-of-state residents, the fee is $6,850. Scholarships are awarded on a need-based basis, though only to California residents. 

7. University of Michigan Stamps Pre-College Program 

Dates : Virtual Portfolio Prep: June 19 – June 30, 2023; Residential Portfolio Prep : July 9 – July 22, 2023, and July 23 – August 5, 2023  

Location : Ann Arbor, MI, or virtual

Application deadline : March 15, 2023   

Cost : $ 750 –$ 4,750

Stamps Pre-Col­lege Pro­grams at the University of Michigan are offered in the spring and summer to high school stu­dents (grades 9 – 12) inter­ested in build­ing new skills for their cre­ative pur­suits. Stu­dents receive per­son­al­ized train­ing and advice from Stamps fac­ulty and staff on build­ing a com­pet­i­tive art port­fo­lio. Studio classes include 4D animation, drawing, 3D exploration, and portfolio prep. Partial and full scholarships are available on a need-based basis. 

8. UCLA Game Lab Summer Institute

Dates : Virtual- July 10 – July 21, 2023; In-person- July 23 – August 5, 2023

Location : Virtual or Los Angeles, CA

Application deadline : June 15, 2023

Cost : Virtual- $2,390; In-person- $4,535

In this program, UCLA frames game-making as an art form. Students learn techniques to create both digital and physical games in either a residential or virtual program. Throughout the program, students learn the fundamentals of game design, create three-dimensional game characters with a fully-formed story, build game worlds, and program and code their own games. Students leave the program with a portfolio of game assets that can be used for college or job applications. 

9. Oxbow Summer Art Institute 

Dates : June 17 – July 30, 2023

Location : Napa, CA

Application deadline : Rolling

Cost : $16,000

The Oxbow Summer Art Institute, located in Napa, California, is a 6-week immersive summer visual art residency open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors as well as those taking a gap year after high school. Students receive an entire year’s worth of studio art credit with an official high school transcript from Oxbow. The program is grounded in the philosophy that there is no limit to what adolescents can create when provided with an open-minded environment with high-level instruction, personal and collective accountability, and support. There is a limited number of scholarships available to cover the comprehensive tuition of $16,000. 

10. Parsons Summer Intensive Studies NYC 

Dates : Session 1: June 12–30, 2023; Session 2: July 10–28, 2023

Location : New York, NY

Application deadline : Session 1: May 15, 2023; Session 2: June 8, 2023  

Cost : $4,675 plus fees

The three-credit art and design program at Parsons immerses rising juniors and seniors, as well as recent high school graduates, in the New York college environment of one of the most prominent design schools nationwide. Students dive deep into creative practices such as fine arts, illustration, photography, animation, graphic design, fashion design, product design, architecture, interior design, and design management. Students also have the opportunity to attend art and design field trips and meet industry professionals. All studio courses are geared toward developing and enhancing college application portfolios. 

11. Otis College of Art and Design Summer of Art

Dates : July 5 – 28, 2023

Application deadline : April 28, 2023  

Cost : $1,750 – $4,400

The intensive program at Otis College of Art and Design is aimed at students 15 and older who seek to strengthen and enhance their art and design skills. Students are taught by award-winning practicing artists. The program includes drawing studio courses, as well as specialization courses, which deepen skills in a specific area of artistic studies, such as architecture, concept art, digital media, graphic design, and printmaking. The program also includes lectures and final critiques. There are merit-based scholarships as well as need-based scholarships available. 

12. Ringling College of Art and Design PreCollege 

Dates : June 18- July 15, 2023

Location : Sarasota, FL

Application deadline : May 1, 2023

Cost : $6,200 + the $300 refundable housing deposit

Located in Florida, Ringling College offers an intensive program that teaching students the fundamentals of art and design, allowing them to earn college credit, and meet like-minded artists from around the world. The program revolves around core classes for fundamental skill-building, as well as immersions for deeper investigation in areas of interest. Some unique immersions include computer animation, game art, storyboarding, and digital sculpting. 

13. The Putney School Summer Arts 

Dates : July 1 – 28, 2023

Location : Putney, VT

Application deadline : Rolling 

Cost : $9,100

Located in Southern Vermont, The Putney School Summer Arts is a 4-week long technology-free arts program for teens. The Putney School focuses on process over product and stresses its supportive environment. In addition to more conventional mediums like painting and sculpture, students have the opportunity to choose workshops in mediums such as textile arts, fiber arts, metal jewelry, and ceramics. Applications require work samples and teacher references. Partial tuition assistance is available. 

14. California College of Arts Pre-College 

Dates : In-person- July 6-August 2, 2023, Virtual- June 26-July 28, 2023

Location : San Francisco, CA or virtual

Cost : Application Fee: $55 (nonrefundable); Tuition Deposit: $500 (nonrefundable, applied to tuition); Online Tuition: $3,850; In-person Tuition: $4,000 (All art supplies, field trips, and lab fees are included in the tuition cost.)  

Set on CCA’s San Francisco campus, the Pre-College program is offered to students who have completed at least their sophomore year in high school by the summer they attend the program. Students take studio-focused, college-level courses to help push beyond concepts to portfolio-ready pieces while having the option to earn 3 college credits. CCA Pre-College is usually a residential program, and students benefit from San Francisco’s museums during their stay. In addition to more traditional mediums such as painting and drawing, areas of potential study include comics, industrial design, and game design. 

15. SCAD Rising Star

Dates : Atlanta sessions run between June 25 and July 21, 2023; Savannah sessions run between June 25 and July 28, 2023

Location : Atlanta, GA or Savannah, GA

Application deadline : May 3, 2023

Cost : ~$1,800

The Savannah College of Art and Design, with campuses in Savannah and Atlanta, offers a Rising Star program in which students take part in two five-quarter credit hour courses taught by faculty at the school. These credits are transferable to other institutions, should a student not attend SCAD for their higher education. Courses can include demonstrations, lectures, studio work, and field trips to various historical sites, museums, parks, and music venues around the area. Students have access to the university’s libraries and studios featuring extensive technology resources. 

16. Summer Art Intensive at the Cooper Union

Dates : July 10–August 3, 2023

Location : Manhattan, New York

Cost : ~$3,760

The Cooper Union Summer Art Intensive program offers rising sophomores to seniors an opportunity to experience the art college environment and learn from professional art instructors while meeting peers that share their interests. Students can choose from concentrations in drawing, animation, digital photography, graphic design, and studio practice. Students are included in special focus workshops, social events, field trips, and an exhibition for program-created work. 

17. Summer Arts Camp at Interlochen Center for the Arts

Location : Interlochen, MI

Cost : One-week- $1,750; three-week- $6,550; six-week- $9,980

The Interlochen Arts Camp offers many programs, including creative writing, dance, film and new media, interdisciplinary arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. Their classes include students in grades 3-12, offering a diverse experience for participants. Students are included in classes, rehearsals, and performances, with plenty of activities available in their free time like crafts, swimming, basketball, and field trips. Students live on the 1,200-acre campus that includes over 120 cabins, two lakes, three dining halls, and several open-air venues. 

18. Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Art Program

Dates : July 1, 2023 to July 21, 2023 (3 weeks); July 1, 2023 to August 11, 2023 (6 weeks)

Location : Pittsburgh, PA

Application deadline : March 15, 2023

Cost : Depends on courses taken

At Carnegie Mellon, high school students are able to develop their artistic skills in a college studio environment. Classes are held mornings and afternoons with a curriculum focusing on the fundamentals of technical skills and the growth of conceptual thinking and how they can be applied to artistic practice. Each student is signed up for four classes per 3-week session with schedules generated upon enrollment. Students receive supplies from the CMU art store, along with the required items they bring with them.

19. MassArt Pre-College Summer Studios

Dates : July 24 – August 18, 2023

Location : Boston, MA

Application deadline : May 31, 2023

Cost : Virtual- $3,927; In-person- $4,262

The Massachusetts College of Art and Design offers a four-week program for students entering grades 11 and 12. The Summer Studios program is an intensive experience in which students develop their skills in art and create the beginnings of a portfolio. Students attend three courses- 2D Fundamentals, 3D Fundaments, and Issues and Images, all of which serve to build their artistic foundations at the college level. They are also able to choose an elective that begins in the third week of the program and extends throughout the rest of the semester.

20. ASU Summer Art Camps

Dates : TBD

Location : Tempe, Arizona

Application deadline : TBD

The Summer Art Camps hosted by Arizona State University’s School of Art are aimed at students ages 13-18. They are four-day camps for students at any experience level in which students are exposed to a variety of studio art practices and meet others with similar interests and feedback from specialized instructors. With all materials provided, campers need only bring themselves and their creativity. In 2022, ASU offered a variety of program mediums including photography, woodworking, fashion design, laser engraving, animation, and more. 

Summer programs, as part of your extracurricular activities, show colleges your dedication to and pursuit of your artistic passions. In addition, you will likely come away with a solid portfolio that you can build upon to submit as part of your college application. Different colleges weigh extracurriculars like summer art programs differently. CollegeVine’s free admissions calculator can tell you how colleges value your extracurricular activities. It uses factors like grades and test scores (and extracurriculars!) to estimate your odds of acceptance at hundreds of schools across the country. It can also provide insight into how to improve your profile. 

Though summer break provides you with the most time to explore your passions, it is not the only time, and participating in summer programs is not the only way to pursue your interest in art . You can spend the summer touching up your foundational art skills on your own, like drawing and painting. Entering art competitions is a great way to have your college application stand out , as well as show your merit as a young artist. 

While we listed some paying programs in this list that operate like internships, there are many more official summer art internship programs. Internships demonstrate initiative and combine your passion for art with a clear career direction. Take a look at our list of art summer internships for high school students . Looking for more summer programs? Take a look at this list of virtual volunteer opportunities for high school students.

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Fall Art Projects for Middle School

This season, add some fall art for teens  to your homeschool lesson plans. To make it easy, have your older kids work on some fun projects from this amazing mixed media workshop. Not only will they be getting in some art lessons, when they finish a work of art, you’ll have something beautiful that you can use to decorate your home for the season.

The art pieces in this class reflect the season and focus on things like pumpkins, Monarch butterfly migration, pine cones, apples, fall flowers, leaves turning color, woodland creatures, and much more.

Between the variety of subjects and the large number of projects, this workshop really does have something for everyone.

Celebrate Fall with Art: Mixed Media Workshop @Education Possible

Mixed Media Fall Art Projects for Middle School

Through this awesome mixed media e-course , your teen (and even your whole family) will have the opportunity to work on 20 different projects, right in your own home. It’s an incredible way to add art into your home school. It can be a challenge to fit art into and already busy homeschooling day, but with this course, it’s actually quite easy. Mainly because you don’t have to do the teaching. That’s right, all of the lessons are prepared for you.

So, if you’re not artistic and worry about teaching art to your kids, you don’t have to worry. You’ll be given a detailed supply list before you begin so you’ll know exactly what you’ll need to complete each project. Just have your teen choose the one they want to work on and gather the materials for that particular design. If my girls want to do something artistic, but I’m not able to get them extra materials, they just choose something that we already have what they need in order to complete.

I love that this workshop is so flexible.

Teens Can Work Independently

Each of the 20 mixed media projects is contained on a video that’s online, so there’s no DVD to keep track of. In each project’s video, Alisha takes you, step-by-step, through the steps.

The bonus of having the course taught this way is that your kids can stop and start the video as many times as they need to. If your teens need more time to complete one of the steps, all they have to do is pause the video. They can take as much time as they need and just start it back up when they’re ready.

That’s a huge benefit in our opinion, because there have been many times that my girls have gotten behind and then lost while taking in person art classes, which frustrated them. They never feel this way when they’re working through one of Alisha’s projects.

Because all of the projects are taught by someone else, my kids can work on these fall crafts for teens on their own. I love utilizing courses like this in our home school that let my kids learn independently.

Fall Mixed Media Course

My kids also enjoy the fact that they never get bored with these particular classes. When my girls were taking a drawing class, there was so much repetition that they became bored with the class. Because this is a mixed media course, kids are constantly working with a variety of different art mediums, often within a single project. This is great for those kids who don’t want to spend four weeks drawing the same bowl of fruit.

Types of Mediums Included

During the course you’ll work on these art forms:

With so many projects to choose from, I’m thankful that I don’t have to cram them all into a set number of weeks like a lot of other art classes. With this workshop, you are granted lifetime access, so you can work at a pace that works for your family. You can even come back to it season after season. It’s a tremendous value!

Once you purchase the Fall Mixed Media Workshop , all of the videos are available, so you can start whenever you’re ready.

Since my kids are older, they enjoy tackling the projects on their own and really appreciate working in multiple art mediums. My girls have loved every project they’ve chosen from Alisha.

Did you know that she has a mixed media course for every season? She does. So you can work on art all year long and don’t have to do any of the planning. These workshops are a huge help for homeschooling moms.

So work on the Art of Fall with your middle schoolers now and add these seasons to your future lesson plans.

Working on fall art projects for middle school is the perfect way to add art into your homeschool lesson plans. With this mixed media course, your teen has 20 different fall crafts in different mediums to choose from. It's a great way to teach art to your kids, especially if you or your kids aren't particularly artistic. My girls really loved creating their version of the owl and we use it to decorate for autumn. #diy #diyforteens #homeschoolart #homeschooling #tweens #teens #educationpossible

I hope you’re able to add some mixed media art into your fall homeschooling schedule. It’s a great way to celebrate the season.

What mixed media art project is your teen looking forward to creating?

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Love this!! Can’t wait to start on these 🙂

I know, right? Me too Meredith!

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Cherish williams was one of 16 students nationwide who won the prestigious scholastic art & writing awards gold medal portfolio award..

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One of Cherish Williams' portfolio pieces titled "Younger Self"

MIDTOWN, NY — Art & Design High School senior Cherish Williams has joined the ranks of Tracy Reese, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Andy Warhol and Amanda Gorman.

They've all received Scholastic Awards as teens.

Williams, 18, was awarded a Gold Medal Portfolio Award this year— and a $12,500 scholarship — for a painting portfolio called "Self Identity." Her work explores concepts of self and memory by also examining the conduit of nostalgia — the photograph.

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"My portfolio basically is showing massages that you can get from family photos, or just photos in general," Williams said. "I wanted to take a photo and not only paint what was in it, but also the actual artifact."

In one painting called "Memories," Williams used creases to depict a memory folded over and over again, stashed in a pocket, and even included the timestamp in the corner of the image.

Another painting called "Younger Self," Williams deliberately uses color to convey the complex relationships that we all have with nostalgia, which she described as a "warm glow" surrounding darker, more complicated emotions.

Williams was always into drawing, but didn't start painting until two years ago.

"The first time I painted, I absolutely loved it," Williams said.

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"I love the diversity you can have in terms of like the colors you use and your composition, and how there's not really any guidelines," she said, "so the possibilities are endless."

After she entered the Scholastic Awards ("our teacher makes us,"), Williams heard nothing for months.

But one day in February, as Williams walked into her first period class, her teacher told her that some people from Scholastic wanted to talk with her.

"They just basically told me that I'm a gold medal portfolio recipient, and I will be receiving $12,500," Williams said. "I was very confused — I really honestly didn't believe they had the right person."

But they did, and they were blown away by her body of work.

"They were talking about my work on like a level not a lot of people can appreciate it," she said, "and it just made me feel seen and heard and really delighted to be a part of this system."

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In the fall, when Williams attends Brooklyn College — an easy commute from her Prospect Heights home — she'll be studying Childhood Education, not studio art. But she's thinking about picking up a fine arts class or two.

And she'll still be thinking about memory and identity.

"Memories can be positive and negative — they can make you feel any emotion that you want — it's just how you take that emotion and make it what you want," Williams said.

"Different parts of your lives can be seen at different parts of your life," Williams shared, "which is why most of my paintings are like, including cold and warm tones, because there's a mix of what I felt in the past and what I feel today."

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by: Ryan Turbeville

Posted: May 30, 2023 / 04:24 PM CDT

Updated: May 30, 2023 / 05:09 PM CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Students ranging from first graders to high school students will be able to get some hands-on learning experiences at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts this summer.

AMFA Associate Director of Community Engagement Miranda Young stopped by KARK 4 to talk about the full-day summer camp opportunities at the museum.

The camps consist of the Junior Arts Academy program and the Youth Studio Series program.

The Junior Arts Academy programming consists of a schedule of learning opportunities for visual and performing arts and is available to first through fourth graders from June 12 to 23, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Youth Studio Series program offers a selection of short courses, hands-on activities, gallery tours and more to help students learn more about visual and performing arts.

That program is available from June 26 to 28 for first through 12th graders. Museum officials said this option allows families to pick courses that meet their interests and schedules.

More information about the programs and how to register can be found on ARKMFA.org . Those interested in registering are encouraged to do so before Friday.

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Aaron Rodgers’ tweaked calf is ‘fine’; Jets hope QB will fully practice Friday

Aaron rodgers could be back fully practicing with the new york jets on friday after straining a calf last week.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers could be back fully practicing with the New York Jets on Friday after straining his right calf last week.

The 39-year-old quarterback, acquired last month from Green Bay, was injured while participating in conditioning drills last Tuesday. Rodgers downplayed the injury at the time but hasn't been a full participant in practice since.

“He's fine,” coach Robert Saleh said Wednesday. “He's just doing a bunch of rehab.”

Saleh added the team hopes Rodgers will fully participate by Friday — or next week at the latest.

“I still argue that he’s still a young man, the way he takes care of his body,” Saleh said. “His body is not his age.”

Rodgers wore a sleeve on his calf throughout the practice and was limited, as Saleh said he would. He began the session riding a stationary bike and threw some passes on the side — including a few tight-spiraled tosses of more than 40 yards — but was otherwise mainly a spectator.

He often chatted with the other quarterbacks, including Zach Wilson, who has been working with the starting offense. Rodgers also took aside some receivers after one drill to offer some pointers.

“I've been around some really good quarterbacks,” said left tackle Duane Brown, entering his 16th NFL season. “Just the command he has with everything, it's different.”

Rodgers will frequently point things out in meetings and quiz teammates to make sure they understand the nuances of the offense, which is being installed by coordinator Nathaniel Hackett — who was in the same role in Green Bay during the last two of the quarterback's four NFL MVP awards in 2020 and 2021.

"You feel that sense of calm, but you also know you've got to be on your stuff because he expects you to be in this spot because you know he's going to get you the ball if you're in the right place," second-year running back Breece Hall said.

Rodgers has also provided value to the Jets' defense, which once had to face him but now has the benefit of learning from him.

“His impact on this team, especially these younger players, is going to be felt for the remainder of all their careers,” defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich said. “To see a guy, not just the talent that he has, but the preparation and the process. ... Yeah, he's going to change the course of these young players' careers forever.”

New York acquired Rodgers, the No. 15 overall pick and a fifth-rounder in this year’s draft from Green Bay on April 26. In exchange, the Packers got the 13th overall selection, a second-rounder, a sixth-rounder and a conditional 2024 second-round pick that could become a first-rounder if Rodgers plays 65% of New York’s plays this season.

Rodgers has been attending the Jets' voluntary practices this offseason, something he hadn't done the past few years in Green Bay. In New York, he wants to get to know his new teammates and help Hackett install the offense.

Rodgers has also been busy embracing his new home city, taking in Knicks and Rangers playoff games with some teammates, and attending two of Taylor Swift's three concerts at MetLife Stadium last weekend.

“I don't know how long you all have been at your jobs, but can you imagine being somewhere for 18 years and then going somewhere else — something different, new environment, new people, a different situation?” said wide receiver Randall Cobb, a longtime teammate of Rodgers in Green Bay. "It sparks something different in you.

“I think you can definitely see that on his face, just the way he goes about things. He's still the same him, but at the same time, he's learning new people and learning a new environment. And I think that freshness brings something different.”

NOTES: Saleh said the Jets are "very optimistic" Hall will be healthy in time for the regular-season opener on Sept. 11 against Buffalo. He tore the ACL in his left knee last October, ending what was shaping up to be a terrific rookie season. "He looks freaking good," Saleh said. ... Saleh appeared to indicate the Jets wouldn't explore adding free agent WR DeAndre Hopkins, who was released by Arizona last Friday. "We love our current group," the coach said.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a sweeping education law that orders the removal from schools of books that contain sex acts and restricts teaching about LGBTQ topics.

Iowa Republican lawmakers combined several of their top priorities for education into the wide-ranging Senate File 496 , which Reynolds signed in a private event on Friday.

The law will ban school books with descriptions or depictions of sex acts; prohibit instruction on gender identity or sexual orientation before seventh grade; require schools to notify parents if a student requests to use new pronouns; and enshrine the "constitutionally protected right" for parents to make decisions for their children.

"This legislative session, we secured transformational education reform that puts parents in the driver's seat, eliminates burdensome regulations on public schools, provides flexibility to raise teacher salaries and empowers teachers to prepare our kids for their future," Reynolds said in a news release Friday. "Education is the great equalizer and everyone involved — parents, educators, our children — deserves an environment where they can thrive."

Democrats have passionately opposed the governor's bill, saying it amounts to an attack on LGBTQ Iowans.

"We need all Iowa trans kids to know, LGBTQ kids to know, that you belong here," House Minority Leader Jennifer Konfrst, D-Windsor Heights, said on the final day of the legislative session.

LGBTQ advocacy groups condemned the law on Friday, calling it discriminatory and harmful.

"Like many other centerpieces of the Governor’s agenda, this legislation will harm an already vulnerable group of children and will benefit no one," One Iowa Executive Director Courtney Reyes said in a statement.

Senate File 496 was one of seven education bills signed into law Friday.

Together, the new laws make far-reaching changes to Iowa's education system, from the way administrators handle classroom violence to the makeup of the state's teacher licensing board.

More: Iowa LGBTQ families ask if they still belong after new laws restrict their rights

What do the new laws change for Iowa students?

Iowa kids may notice some changes when they start class in the fall.

No books with sex acts. Teachers and school librarians will need to sort through their books to remove any that include a visual depiction or description of a sex act. Iowa law specifically defines "sex acts" as a list of explicit actions between two or more people.

School and library organizations are warning that many books long available on school library shelves could be banned — far beyond the few, controversial titles that have made news in recent years such as " Gender Queer: A Memoir " by Maia Kobabe and " All Boys Aren't Blue " by George Johnson.

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No LGBTQ instruction in elementary schools. Teachers may not provide "any program, curriculum, test, survey, questionnaire, promotion or instruction" about gender identity or sexual orientation in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Parental notification for new pronouns. Schools will be required to ask for parental consent if a student requests to use new pronouns.

Fewer fine arts and language courses. High schools are required to offer fewer credits of fine arts and world language classes.

More exemptions from physical education. A school-sponsored activity that requires "at least as much physical activity per week" as the P.E. requirement can excuse a student from also taking P.E. class.

Salary and debt data from Iowa colleges. High schoolers applying to Iowa's public universities will soon have new data to look through. House File 135 instructs the Board of Regents to publish an annual report about the average income and student loan debt for graduates of different programs.

What do the new laws change for Iowa parents?

Reynolds and Republican lawmakers celebrated many of the changes as a win for "parents' rights." Here's what you can expect to see under the new laws.

Constitutionally protected parental rights. Iowa parents have the "fundamental, constitutionally protected right" to make decisions about their minor child's medical care, moral and religious upbringing, residence, education and extracurricular activities. The language probably won't change much for day-to-day parenting, but any laws or policies that restrict parental rights will be held to the highest legal standard in Iowa courts.

The law makes an exception for gender-affirming care for transgender minors, which is banned in Iowa , regardless of parental consent.

Parental consent for surveys. Parents will be asked to provide written consent before their child takes any school survey about their mental, emotional or physical health, or any survey that asks about political affiliation, sexual behavior, illegal activities, religion or family income.

What do the laws change for Iowa teachers and administrators?

In addition to following laws restricting books and LGBTQ+ instruction, Iowa teachers should expect some new reporting requirements and oversight from the state.

New reporting requirements for violence and threats. School districts must adopt policies to discipline students who are violent or make threats of violence . Districts may decide the specific punishments, but the law requires prompt parental notification and options to remove a student from the classroom, or to suspend or expel them.

Less state paperwork. Senate File 391 eliminates the state-mandated "comprehensive school improvement plan," requiring school districts to complete only a report required by federal law.

Adding parents onto the licensing board. The Board of Educational Examiners creates and regulates standards for Iowa teachers. House File 430 adds four members to the 13-person board who "have demonstrated an interest in education but have never held a practitioner's license." Two of those members must be parents of currently enrolled students, and one must be a current or former school board member.

Lower professional requirements for school librarians. Schools may hire a public library professional for the teacher librarian position, and the person would not be required to hold a master's degree.

Routine background checks. Iowa teachers who are exempt from regular license renewal will still need to undergo a background check every five years.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the new credit requirements for high school fine arts and world language classes.

Katie Akin is a politics reporter for the Register. Reach her at k[email protected] . Follow her on Twitter at  @katie_akin .


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