Past Curricula by Class Year

When choosing your lesson plans for the upcoming school year, please refer the syllabi from past years to help ensure students don’t repeat identical lessons from year to year.  Additionally, you can use these syllabi to get ideas for existing lesson plans for your class that they may not have yet studied.  Please feel free to use the pre-written lesson plans on this site or come up with your own unique ideas!

2012 – 2013 Academic Year

Second Grade

  • October: David Levine and caricatures
  • November: Meret Oppenheim and a surreal meal, Thanksgiving version
  • December: Dale Chihuly and coffee filter “macchia”
  • January: Aboriginal Art for Arts Night class project
  • February: Gilbert Stuart and create your own stamp
  • March: Heiroglyphics and create a bookmark with your name
  • April: Leonardo DaVinci and math & art
  • May: Laurel Burch and whimsical cat drawings
  • June: Andy Warhol and nature designs

Fifth Grade

  • November: Edgar Degas and sculpture
  • December: Walt Disney and cartoons
  • January: Arts Night Class Paintings
  • February: Architecture and design
  • March: Jacob Lawrence and triptych scenes
  • April: Leonardo DaVinci and math
  • May: Laurel Burch and whimsical cat drawings
  • June: Jackson Pollack and marble paintings

2011 – 2012 Academic Year

First Grade (2011-2012)

FYI – This class in now in 2nd grade.

2010 – 2011 Academic Year

Kindergarten (2010-2011)

FYI – This class in now in 2nd grade.

Second Grade (2010 – 2011)

FYI – this class is now in 4rd grade

  • OctoberPaul Klee: Animal Masks
  •  NovemberMaking Fall Faces
  • December:   Rene Magritte
  • January:     Collages
  • February:    President’s Day/Money
  • March:   Surreal Meal/Oppenheim/Surrealists “Combining objects in really weird ways to make a table setting that’s out of this world! Meret Oppenheim and the Surrealists made crazy sculptures by changing the way ordinary things look. Imagine sitting down for a meal made of flowers, or sipping from a cup that’s filled with cotton balls. This project invites you to create a crazy, mixed up, make believe meal.” Lesson will be on Oppenheim and Surrealism. Activity will be creating place settings of crazy meals. I’ll create a box full of misc. items for the kids to use.
  • AprilHieroglyphics
  • MayVan Gogh
  • JuneWalhol
  • June: David Levine– (pictures of kids, etc)

Fifth Grade (2010 – 2011)

FYI – this class is now in 7th grade

  • October:  Surrealism.  Give examples and history of surrealism, derivation of the word etc.  Discuss and show examples of surrealist artwork and artists.  The activity described below is detailed in the book Amazing Art, Surrealism found in the Art Masters file cabinet.  Activity: Take a piece of poster board for each student and fold in thirds.  Label each third with 1, 2, or 3.  Students start by drawing a head in section #1 making sure the neck is drawn slightly over the fold into section 2.  The folded paper is then passed to another person in the class.  This student, without seeing the head already drawn must draw a torso in section 2 using the neck lines that were drawn over the fold of section 1 as a guide.  Once again have the student draw his outer torso lines so they extend slightly over the fold into section 3 of the paper. When done the paper is passed to a third classmate who completes the legs and feet in the third section. During the activity explain that surrealism is fantastical and dream like and ask the students to draw their figure with those dream-like, unreal, qualities i.e, with tentacles instead of hands or feet, with off-balanced facial features etc.  At the end of the activity you’ll be left with a monster or fantastical-like figure.  The student who drew the first head and neck gets to keep that piece of artwork.
  • November: Oppenheim & surrealism – food fantasy, representing food/Thanksgiving dinner.
  • December: Frankenthaler/Morris Lewis/Diebenkorn – Drips of color and coffee filter water color using markers
  • January:   Perspective
  • February:  Early American Art – develop your own postage stamp.
  • March: To Be Determined
  • AprilNorman Rockwell. Students develop their own magazine cover based on April Fools Day including things that are a little bit off or wrong about the picture. i.e hockey player holding a lacrosse stick or a tennis player
  • May: Animation
  • June: Sculpture – using either wood blocks or a variety of items from the recycle center.  (suggestion – lesson on Frank Lloyd Wright’s windows using vellum paper if interested.  There’s also a Calder lesson on page 58/59 of the Art Masters book “Great American Artists for Kids” that might be helpful if you’re looking for ideas.)


2009 – 2010 Academic Year

First Grade (2009-2010)

FYI – this class will be in 4th grade

  • October: Surrealism, Bosch, Beauties and Monsters ( long, colored construction paper folded into door. Draw picture of their face on the outside and a monster inside (Mary drawing face template.) Lesson on Bosch and Surrealism (others Chagall and Dali)
  • November: Cezanne and still life.  Set up models and have children draw still life with crayons, paint with watercolors
  • December: Picasso and abstract art. Trace both feet (straight on and profile), make into their face and color, cut up and glue onto another piece of paper
  • January: Multicultural art, Jacob Lawrence, “The Crayon Box That Talked” , celebrating differences, migration. Primary Colors. Crayon templates that kids decorate and make a crayon of themselves to put in a class crayon box(tells a class story)
  • February: Mondrian. Strips of black construction paper, give them each strips, place it and take it off (horizontally and vertically), do it again, third time pass out glue and have them glue down and color in squares (primary colors and leave some white)
  • March: Pointillism and Seurat, paint with qtips, make bookmarks and cut out tree and have them paint leaves or fill in Cedar Hill logo. Can use blue and yellow to make green.
  • April: Folk Art Style, Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by making a version of a Mexican paper amate (bark paper) painting. The canvas used is made by cutting large rectangles from brown paper bags, wet with water, and crumble it up. Squeeze out the extra water, then flatten out the paper. Use iron set on low to dry the paper and to smooth it further. Draw the outline of your design using a wide tipped black marker, then fill in the spaces with colorful tempera.
  • May: Jackson Pollock, Purchase small individual canvases for each child, lay them outside with canvas underneath. Have each child splatter paint on each canvas; each child will have their own class “Jackson Pollock” to take home.
  • June: Jasper Johns, Pop Art. Create own flag art. Use sponges and cut out shapes to use as stampers (stars, circles, squares to stamp out stripes) Have children create their own flag design using the stamps and tempera paint.


Fourth Grade (2009 – 2010)

FYI – this class is now in 7th grade

  • October:  Jacob Lawrence & The Great Migration. Draw a story in three parts outlined in pencil, colored in with markers, background painted in watercolor. File in Art Masters cabinet.
  • November:  Women in Art – Denise Schmidt – Quilts – 19th century quilts are mentioned in the Picturing America pdf link from Natalie.  Incorporating geometry/geometric shapes in the discussion.  Have small squares cut out of patterned paper, each child makes his/her own quilt by gluing the paper onto another sheet.  Once completed the quilts can be combined to make a “class quilt” displayed somewhere in the room.
  • December:  The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow published in 1863.  Picture painted by Grant Wood (1892-1942).  Info. found in the Picturing America Collection
  • January:  Heart notecards – using wood blocks (styromfoam trays with design etched in it and two or three valentine’s colors – run paint over etching and then stamp on cards)
  • February: Bosch & Surrealism, Monsters & Beauty.  On each edge of the paper make an outline of a profile with squiggly lines which the kid will make into monsters.  In the center draw a self-portrait.  Found online on the kinder art website.
  • March:  Segal and pop art.  Hand cast to be painted.
  • April:  April’s lesson relates to the 4th grade curriculum. At this time of the year each student will have a state that they are learning about (i.e. the state flower, motto, flag etc)  Present a lesson on the different kinds of money from all over the world (old and new) and show examples.  Have each student create his/her own money for the state he/she is learning about.
  • May:  Frank Lloyd Wright – architecture.  Have students construct something with popsicle sticks or tongue depressors.
  • June:   Sculpture.

 2008 – 2009 Academic Year

Kindergarten (2008-2011)

FYI – This group will be in 4th grade.

  • October:  Expressing Emotion in Art: The Scream by Edvard Munch, bag of emotions, what makes you scream drawing
  • November:   Secondary colors: Introduce secondary colors with book “Mousepaint”, mix colors and create color wheel
  • December:   Secondary colors: pointillism/Seurat, create secondary colors by using qtips to paint dots of two primary colors next to each other. Create Cedar Hill Tree with blue and yellow dots to create green
  • January:   Maxwell Mays: pictures of towns, brush over glitter paint to look like snow. Draw out outline of street with buildings
  • February:   Symmetry – butterflies in warm and cool colors. Outline butterfly and have kids paint one half to fold over and create symmetry on other side
  • March:  Complementary colors: read book “Hello Red Fox” by Eric Carle. Create dancing stripes in complementary colors
  • AprilMosaics – order mosaic paper from oriental trading co. and have kids create name and background
  • May:   Line Dance: draw lines while listening to two different types of music, artist Kandinsky, make different types of lines with bodies
  • June:   Audubon, draw pictures of things in nature, create bird book