Serving Art Educators
and Students Since 1994
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The lessons section has experienced a massive overhaul. Lessons were categorized for easier retrieval. If you would like to submit a lesson for inclusion here so that others may benefit, either click on the "Submit a Lesson" link on the left side of this page or if that doesn't work, contact me. Don't forget to submit images with your lesson. The images should be large so people can see them easily. If your images are too large to submit, contact me.
In this section are hundreds of free art lessons from preschool through the college level. The vast majority of lessons include images and examples. There are some lessons from the early days of IAD that do not include images because they were submitted in the days when teachers did not have access to digital cameras or scanners. If you see a lesson plan without an image and you have done this lesson with your class, please submit the images to me so I can include them.
In case you missed it, the menu for all our lessons is on the far left column. You can find lessons according to your grade level as well as cartoon and drama/art lessons.
Building an Art Lesson Plan
Step 1: Create Learning Objectives / Goals
Think about the final objective for your lesson. What do you want your students to accomplish? These objectives should be measurable and relate to any state or country standards you may have. In the U.S.A., the federal standards are found on the Getty website. You should have around three objectives for each lesson. If you have too many, the lesson becomes too complicated and is more difficult to assess.
Step 2: Write Activities That Support Your Objectives / Goals
Create at least one activity that will address your objectives and standards. IAD includes hundreds of lessons that offer a variety of styles. If you find one you like, you can use it as a template for your own lessons. It is important that your activity is age appropriate. Sometimes determining this requires some experience.
Because anyone can submit a lesson on IAD, some may not have the quality of others. However, valuable information can still be gleaned from them and perhaps they will jog your memory enough to create better lessons of your own.
Step 3: Create a Rubric and/or Assessment
There are many rubrics on IAD. Many are universal in nature and you can use them for your own lessons. Your rubrics should describe well what a finished product should look like at several levels. The skills or objectives should be on the far left column and across the top should be the levels of quality for each grade. Of course your assessments should include any local or national standards.