ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Arts Education (4 - 8), or Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: The "T" in Art is for Thinking
Description: This lesson provides fourth through eighth grade gifted and talented students with a research-based project, and can also be used with art and language arts students from sixth through ninth grade. Students will design and create a slideshow presentation as a vehicle for analyzing a painting. Using the art criticism process, students will describe and analyze the art elements and principles of design and provide an interpretation of a painting of their choice. Biographical information about the artist and contextual knowledge concerning the art period/movement and the associated historical times may be included.
The Elements of Art
This podcast teaches the seven elements of art. Each of the elements, line, shape, form, space, value, color, and texture, are defined and illustrated using drawn and animated images. The elements are the basic building blocks used in creating art. The order in which the elements are explained shows how they are used together to create complex images. This is shown by creating an image by starting with the simplest element and adding the other elements until the image is complete.