Inside: A collection of printable art worksheets, PowerPoints, and lesson plans to use in art class. (Most of them are FREE!)
Art class should be about more than just making art! Art lessons should introduce students to a variety of works of art and allow them to explore the process, the history, and their own personal connections to the artworks they encounter.
Keeping a class full of students engaged while looking at art takes practice, confidence, inventive activities, and a variety of approaches. But most of us weren’t taught how to talk about art with kids. That’s why I’ve gathered some of my best printable art worksheets and downloads in one place! Most of these art lesson plans can be used for any grade level and there’s enough variety to keep elementary, middle, and high school students interested and intrigued.
Free Printable Art Worksheets
My favorite go-to art lessons come from the Art Appreciation Worksheet Bundle.
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!
1. Pick an artwork
2. Print one of the Art Appreciation Worksheets
3. Watch with joy as your students connect with and interpret art
The bundle includes 25 printable art worksheets, but everyone who signs up for Your Weekly Art Break, my email newsletter full of art inspiration, gets six FREE art appreciation worksheets. Fill out the form below to receive your free art worksheets and weekly art inspiration.
Below, you’ll find a collection of the Art Class Curator posts that include art printables and downloads. These brains-on art activities will jump-start students’ critical thinking skills and breath new life into their art projects. All of these art lesson plans are all free unless otherwise marked. Most are printable PDFs, but the ones containing PowerPoints are marked.
Art Appreciation Printables
Art Appreciation Worksheets
- Free Art Appreciation Printable Worksheet Bundle
- Art Appreciation Worksheet Bundle 25-Pack ($12)
- I am… Dorothea Lange: Exploring Empathy
- Character Analysis Art Activity: Twitter Perspectives
- Haikus about Art
- I See, I Think, I Wonder
Art Appreciation Activities
- Art Description and Drawing Activity
- Complete the Picture: An Easy Art Appreciation Game for Kids
- 7 Surrealist Games to Unlock Creativity
- How to Look at Art with a Toddler
Art Appreciation Lessons
- Interpreting the Power of the Kongo Nkisi N’Kondi
- Australian Aboriginal Art for Kids
- 5-Minute Art History: Paleolithic Art (PowerPoint Available)
- Mound Builders Lesson Plan
- Exploring Narrative through Art (Includes PowerPoint)
- Chinese Bronze Vessels with Abstract Zoomorphic Designs (Includes PowerPoint)
- You’re about to fall in love with this Delacroix painting.
- Art, Horror, and The Sublime: Symbolism in Pablo Picasso’s Guernica
- 5 Artworks to Promote Introspection
- 20 Great Artworks to Look at with Young Kids (Includes PowerPoint)
- Rosa Rolanda Jigsaw Art Learning Activity
- Elements of Art Examples & Definitions
- Principles of Design Examples & Definitions
- Frida Kahlo’s The Two Fridas Art Discussion Lesson
- Art Spotlight: Franz Marc’s Fate of the Animals
- Art Spotlight: Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (PowerPoint Available)
- Art Analysis Activity for John Gast’s American Progress
- Art Around the World in 30 Days – China
- Art Around the World in 30 Days eBook ($9)
- Visual Analysis Lesson for Edvard Munch’s The Scream
- Masterpiece Monday: Manifest Destiny Art
Art Criticism Printables
Art Criticism Worksheets
- Art History Student Study Guide Worksheets ($3.00)
- Easy to Interpret for a Reason: Analyzing World War II Propaganda Posters
Art Criticism Activities
- 82 Questions to Ask About Art
- Photograph Analysis Learning Activities
- Art Museum Personification and Assignment
- What Judith Chopping Off a Man’s Head Can Teach You About Art (Includes PowerPoint)
Art Criticism Lessons
- 4 Steps of Art Criticism Lesson ($9 – Includes PowerPoint)
- What is Art? – Aesthetics Lesson Bundle ($12 – Includes PowerPoint)
- Classical Sculpture Analysis Lesson (Includes PowerPoint)
- Decoding Style: How to Teach Students to Read an Artwork (Includes PowerPoint)
Puzzles About Art Printables
Teaching students about art and aesthetics is a great way to make them think about art in a new way. Aesthetics puzzles ignite exciting, meaningful classroom art discussions and flex students’ philosophical and critical thinking skills.
Charlotte Mason Picture Study PowerPoints
Charlotte Mason Picture Study is a popular art activity in Montessori schools and among homeschoolers. It’s an easy, quick way to introduce students to different artists and works of art, especially younger students.
- Charlotte Mason Picture Study: Henry Ossawa Tanner (PowerPoint Available)
- Charlotte Mason Picture Study: John Singleton Copley (PowerPoint Available)
- Charlotte Mason Picture Study: Thomas Cole (PowerPoint Available)
- Charlotte Mason Picture Study: Mary Cassatt (PowerPoint Available)
- Charlotte Mason Picture Study: Frederic Remington (PowerPoint Available)
More Art Printables
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