Monday, September 14, 2009

Art Exploration Co-op Curriculum and Lapbook

This is phase two of my curriculum creations for our co-op this semester. The ladies in our leadership group decided for our co-op to do an art class this semester. We did not want just any kind of art class. We wanted an art class that touched on art history as well as hands-on art activities. The curriculum and corresponding lapbook are my attempts to touch on all of the areas that these ladies wanted to explore in our art curriculum this year.

I decided to hit a few of the major artists- there are so many! I chose Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, Warhol, and Pollock because of their vast differences from each other.

The lapbook and curriculum begin with mini books on the elements of art and mediums of art. The kids did a great edible color wheel project that I found on This is a great art lesson plan site. I found many of the hands-on activities that we will be doing on this site.

After this lesson, we get into the nuts and bolts, so to speak, of the art history. Every two weeks or so the kids learn about a new artist, their movement, and their famous works. I created mini books to go along with each of these aspects. One week they learn about the artist, etc and then the next week the create a masterpiece of their own based upon one of the artist's own masterpieces.

Here is an example of the kids' rendition of Monet's "Waterlilies".

We are culminating our co-op study with a visit to the local art museum for a Da Vinci exhibit.

Here are some of the web sites that I found during my research that are just awesome! I hope you have fun exploring!:)
Art Exploration - great lessons (we incorporated some of them) plans Museum of Modern Art audio tours Van Gogh blog with a lot of great links on Da Vinci Da Vinci activities and games encyclopedia of artists and movements drawing class links to other art sites - blog with great art projects - art links lessons on famous paintings notebooking pages 36 week art curriculum famous American artists lessons - Rembrandt Teaching Project Rembrandt lesson plans - bookmarks to more sites bookmark to more sites Art Takes Time Picasso Complete Courses K-12 Complete Course adaptable K-12 List of units based on the What my “nth” grader needs to know book series.
· Collections of Lesson Plans
1. K-12
5. Key term art returned 16000+ activities lessons and units
6. 213 lessons
7. Activities designed to meet specific Standards!
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25. Search for Art got 61 results mot with usable sample pages.
26. Some activities require membership.
· Individual lessons
1. Starry Night


Pamela said...

Hi - it looks great! Thanks for sharing the wonderful resources! Can't wait to dig in! Pamela

Joi said...

This is amazing! I love this idea. You did a lot of work. I am going to try and do something similar with my kids. Thank you so much for sharing.