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 the Washington school closures for school teacher and personal use. Consider these links and files for use as-is, and if you find them helpful, I hope you'll consider supporting your local small businesses and artists who could use your help. We got this, and we'll get through this together.

Art for Meditation and Stress Relief

  • Mindful Mandalas lesson and video
  • Zentangle lesson

Drawing Lessons

  • How to draw a pastel flower
  • How to draw a charcoal landscape
  • How to draw an ink nature study

Collage Lessons

  • How to make a rose window collage
  • Leadership headpiece lesson
  • Masks of the World handout
  • Paper Manipulation tips handout
  • Symmetrical Paper Masks handout

Creativity and Leadership Lessons

  • 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

Lead With Art Curriculum Guide

  • 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.