Below are some Sample Lesson Plans that I used while teaching High School Art. They include a Lesson Plan, a Rubric for assessment of the lesson, and an example of student work. I use a similar format to teach all grades of Art: I introduce the lesson and students are presented with the rubric to see how they will be assessed upon completion of their project. After completing the project they receive their project and the rubric back. However, for the lower elementary grades I would generally post project requirements on the board or somewhere else in the room, rather than giving each student a rubric ahead of time. And if elementary students are graded Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, the rubrics are modified to reflect that, rather than giving points.

Lesson One: Close-Up Food Painting
(Note: the codes appearing, such as SO-1A4, were to indicate the Course of Study objectives that were being met in the lesson.)

Students will be able to:
1.    Develop skills with acrylic paint. SO-lA4
2.    Create a realistic composition. SO-lAl
3.    Draw food as their subject matter. SO-lA17
4.    Identify sources of inspiration in creating works of art. PO-2B

Materials: 16x20" canvas, acrylic paints, brushes, water, water dishes, and magazines to find food photos.

  1. Review acrylic projects completed to date. Ask students to name the types of subject matter we've used so far. 
  2. Introduce food as a subject matter. Students will create a painting based on a picture of food. 
  3. Talk about the art of Georgia Q'Keeffe, who frequently did exploded, close-up views of things as artwork. PO-2A 
  4. Assign students the task of creating a 16x20 painting of an exploded, close-up view of a picture of food that they must find in a magazine. Suggest the use of a viewfinder. SO-1A19 
  5. List requirements: picture of food must be cropped-students cannot show the entire photo in their composition. Painting must involve at least 4 different colors and must also show at least one color that changes in value. The food must be natural (no food in wrappers) and may not include beverages. The food cannot be just one kind of food; there should be a variety to create different shapes and textures within the composition. 
  6. Students find a photo in a magazine to use for their project. 
  7. Students paint on 16x20 canvas until painting is complete. 
  8. Critique finished works. PO-2D

Authentic Assessment
Students will create a 16x20" acrylic painting of food based on a cropped photo from a magazine in 3-7 class periods.

Close-Up Food Painting Rubric

Close-Up Food Painting Rubric

Student Art Example--Close-Up Food
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Close-Up Food Painting

Lesson Two: Ceramics Coil Pots


Students will be able to:
1.     Explain the coil technique of ceramics. SO-lA12
2.     Identify the Element of Line and explain its use in Coil Pots. PO-1B
3.     Identify aspects of Navajo Pottery and explain its origins. PO-2A, PO-2B, PO-2C

Materials: Clay, water, and clay tools.


1.    Review pinch and slab-making clay techniques used to date.
2.    Introduce Navajo Pottery and their coil technique with slideshow and a demonstration.
3.    Show examples of student coil pots and share the Coil Techniques handout.
4.    Assign students the task of creating their own Coil Pot.
5.    List Requirements: Coil Pot must be at least 6” high. It must have at least 2 types of coils. The diameter of the pot must change at least once. And the inside of the pot must be smooth while the outside has visible coils.
6.    Students may add decorative coils as they build up their pots. Pots need not be round or limited to six inches. Students may add textural effects, if desired.
7.    Pass out clay and tools.
8.    As pots are finished, let them dry and then bisque fire.
9.    Glaze bisque pots.
10.  Critique completed Coil Pots. PO-2D

Authentic Assessment

Students will create coil pots that are at least six inches high using 2 or more types of coils and having a changing diameter and smoothed interior within 5-10 class periods.

Coil Pots Rubric

Coil Pot Rubric

Student Art Example--Coil Pot

Ceramics Coil Pot Example