Navigate

Art Lesson Plans

  

Huntington Art Gallery   •   Scott Gallery   •   Discovering Art  

 


Huntington Art Gallery

 

Selected images from the Huntington Art Gallery 
 
Vocabulary Primary
 
Vocabulary Secondary
 
Lesson Plans:  
Grades
The Art of Furniture:  Decorations Inspired by Nature
K-12
Inspiring Art: How Lessons of the Past Can Inspire New Art
4-8
Education of the Artist:  An Investigation in the Ideas the Defined a Generation of Artists in late Eighteenth-Century Britain 9-12
How to Read a Portrait 9-12
Light in Painting 4-8
Setting the Scene:  An investigation into how artists use setting to relay information 4-8
You Be the Critic:  An exercise in looking, interpreting, and discussing art works 9-12
Favorite Painting Project:  A reflective, interdisciplinary lesson in art and its emotional impact on the viewer 4-12
The Poetry of Art:  An interdisciplinary lesson in art and creative writing 4-12
Relief Sculpture:  Huntington's Borghese style urn as a study of two-dimensional art 4-12

 

Supporting materials
Landscape Painting: Artists Who Love the Land, from the Smithsonian Institution. This site has a background essay and two lessons about understanding the composition of landscape paintings. Students learn how to look at landscapes and how artists create a sense of depth within a painting.

 


Scott Gallery of American Art

 

Selected images from the Scott Gallery of American Art 
 
Vocabulary Primary
 
Vocabulary Secondary
 
Lesson Plans:  
Grades
The Art of Furniture:  Decorations Inspired by Nature
K-12
Inspiring Art:  How Lessons of the Past Can Inspire New Art
4-8
Education of the Artist:  An Investigation in the Ideas the Defined a Generation of Artists in late Eighteenth-Century Britain 9-12
How to Read a Portrait 9-12
Light in Painting 4-8
Setting the Scene:  An investigation into how artists use setting to relay information 4-8
You Be the Critic:  An exercise in looking, interpreting, and discussing art works 9-12
Favorite Painting Project:  A reflective, interdisciplinary lesson in art and its emotional impact on the viewer 4-12
The Poetry of Art:  An interdisciplinary lesson in art and creative writing 4-12
Relief Sculpture:  Huntington's Borghese style urn as a study of two-dimensional art 4-12

 

Supporting materials:
 
First Family of American Art, from the Art National Gallery of Art
This page focuses on the contribution of James Peale and his family to the development of American art. The activity is an examination of still life paintings. Includes links to other Peale family images.

John Singleton Copley, Watson and the Shark, from the National Gallery of Art
This site look closely at the Copley painting of the story of a 14-year-old boy who was attached by a shark. The narrative within the painting is drawn out.

Mary Cassatt: Celebrating Everyday Life, from the National Gallery of Art
This page includes background on Cassatt, activities for the classroom, and links to other Cassatt images.

Thomas Moran, from the National Gallery of Art
This site is an online exhibition of Moran’s works within an historical context.

 


Discovering Art (Huntington and Scott Galleries)

 

Discovering Art Vocabulary 
 
Lesson Plans  
Grades
The Art of Furniture:  Decorations Inspired by Nature
K-12

Making a Living by Making Art


Light in Painting K-3
The Shape of Art:  An investigation into the use of shapes in art
K-3
Colors Warm and Cool K-3
Line K-3
Shape K-3
Texture K-3

 

 

Discovering Art Vocabulary 
 
Lesson Plans  
Grades

Making a Living by Making Art


The Shape of Art:  An investigation into the use of shapes in art
K-3
Colors Warm and Cool K-3
Line K-3
Shape K-3
Texture K-3

 

Supporting materials:

 

Art and Art Appreciation for Young Children, from AskERIC, Syracuse University
This lesson is a series of art activities using the element of line. It progresses from simple paintings made using lines, to identifying the styles of various artists.

About The Huntington

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution established in 1919 by Henry E. and Arabella Huntington. Henry Huntington, a key figure in the...

Read More