Lead With Art
I've collected some of the art education lesson plans, activities and handouts that I could find from my personal files over the 13 years that I taught middle school (grades 5-8) art and leadership. Nearly all of these activities can be adapted for adult use (especially the Art for Stress Relief files) and for family activities. Click on each category title to access the lesson files.
At the end, I've also included links to art education Pinterest boards I'd used to store even more art education ideas during my teaching years.
I hope these are helpful for you if you suddenly find yourself home-schooling, or if you simply need a new activity to get you through any stress or anxiety you might be experiencing. I recommend starting with the Mindful Mandalas lesson, which can be created with a pen or pencil and copy paper, no skill needed.
I'll keep this page up through at least April 24th for school teacher and personal use. I'm not looking to restart my teaching career anytime soon, so consider these links and files for use as-is, and if you find them helpful, I hope you'll consider making a purchase from local small businesses and from artist businesses like mine. We got this, and we'll get through this together.
- Mindful Mandalas lesson and video
- Zentangle lesson
- How to draw a pastel flower
- How to draw a charcoal landscape
- How to draw an ink nature study
- How to make a rose window collage
- Leadership headpiece lesson
- Masks of the World handout
- Paper Manipulation tips handout
- Symmetrical Paper Masks handout
- Collaboration and Design Thinking Lesson
- Collaboration Words Handout
- Collaboration Sketching Exercises
- Creativity and Risk Taking Activity
- Creativity Takes Time Activity
- Determine Your Core Values worksheet
- Goal Setting Lesson
- How To Set A Goal handout
- Leadership Map lesson
- How to let go of perfection and grow your creativity
- Blind Contour Drawing and The Beautiful Oops
- Studio Habits of Mind Reflection and Rubric
- How to Draw a Mindful Mandala
- How To Map Your Leadership, a drawing and reflection activity
Pinterest Board Links:
These are boards where I collected lesson ideas, image resources and more for my classes when I was a teacher.
- Art Education
- Drawing Lessons
- Painting Lessons
- Leadership Lessons
- Mindfulness and Creativity
- Art Videos
- Printmaking Lessons
- Photography Lessons
- Sub Plans