Adventures in Visual Arts

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Teacher: Ann
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Section 1

0 Introduction 02:15

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MATERIALS: Watercolor paint, acrylic paint, paintbrushes, cardboard, cearal box, string, oil pastel (and or crayon), white paper, watecolor paper, colored paper, glue, scissors and pencil. 


INTRODUCTION- Many of the ideas and projects we will be working on in this course come from my experience in the classroom and creating with kids. This is a creative course for all artist levels generally grade 3rd to 5th. Any student who wants to improve their artist ability or those who are a beginner artist who wants to have fun creating can enjoy this course. This course will give students the beginning foundations of being an artist by exploring the elements of arts and hone their creativity and critical thinking. Famous artists will be introduced as well as step by step videos and guides on how to create drawings and paintings. I hope this course can foster lifelong creators which have been proven to help students regardless of going into the arts with critical thinking. Anyone can learn how to draw well. In this course, we will learn how to create realistic drawings as well as how to paint. We will explore the elements of art and create fun and creative multimedia projects.





1 Lesson 1, Create a sketchbook 09:24

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Learn how to create a sketchbook from a cereal box in preparation for this art course. Use this sketchbook to practice observational drawing as well as to create practice sketches from class. Create a drawing on the cover of the box as well as learn how to cut the box in the shape of a book. Artists will need computer paper, a cereal box, string, scissors and glue for this lesson. 

2 Lesson 2, Element of Form 06:02

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Learn the visual element of art, form and how artists use form to create realistic and 3D works of art. Students will complete an activity on the element of form and learn how to draw realisticly. 

3 Lesson 3, Element of Value 10:06

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Students will improve their drawing skills by learning the element of value by learning and creating a value scale as well a learning how to draw a realistic sphere. 

4 Lesson 4, Element of Line 09:36

Learn the element of line in visual arts as well as practice drawing skills. Students will learn about the elemt of line as a visual art element as well how artists in history used the element of line. Students will review their knoewledge of line to grow a better understanding. 

5 Lesson 5, Observational Drawing 08:51

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Learn how to create an observational drawing as well as improve drawing skills. Students will use the element of form and value to create a realistic observational drawing of an apple. Artists will also learn how to shade to create a realistic drawing and learn how to make an image appear three dimensional as well as learn the importance of observational drawing. Artists will create an observational drawing of an apple for practice and preparation of a future still life drawing lesson.  

6 Lesson 6, Cezanne 04:41

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Learn about the master Artist Cezanne in preperation of our still life drawing. Artists will learn about his work, life and artistic style. 

7 Lesson 7, Still Life 11:26

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Learn how to draw a realistic Still life Drawing with pencil and paper. Learn how to use observational drawing skills to create a realistic still life. Artists will improve their observational and drawing skills. Artists will use Cezanne as inspiration. 

8 Lesson 8, Element of Space 10:14

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Learn about the Element of Space. Students will learn how the element of space is important in art as well as imiportant concents that will be used later in the course. Students will learn about negative and postive space, overlapping and other important conepts in the element of space in art.  

9 Lesson 9, Perspective Drawing 05:57

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Learn how to create a one-point perspective drawing. Students will create a landscape and understand how objects get smaller in the distance.

10 Lesson 10, Features of the Face 14:48

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Learn how to draw features of the face. Use value and the element of form to draw realistic features of the face. 

Section 2

11 Lesson 11, Color Theory 14:12

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Learn about Color Theory and how to use the element of color in your art. Learn the different color groups as well as the artist Jen Stark. Students will complete a Jen Stark color theory activity to learn the different color groups. 

12 Lesson 12, Color Mixing 06:41

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Learn how to mix colors in painting and use the element of color in art. Students will review color theory and complete a painting color mixing activity. 

13 Lesson 13, Vincent Van Gogh 07:27

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Artists will learn about the artist Vincent Van Gogh, his life, work and what made him so famous. 

14 Lesson 14, Complementary Colors 14:25

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Paint Sunflowers like Vincent Van Gogh and create a complementary painiting. Students will use paper, acrylic paint and a paintbrush. (Tempra paint can be used as a subsitute) Students will be inspired by Vincent Van Gogh as well as the element of color. Artists will learn step by step how to paint a still life as well as use color theory to create a vibrant painting. 

15 Lesson 15, Tints and Shades 07:27

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Learn how to mix and paint tints and shades to create realistic paintings as well as use color theory in paintng. Students will complete a tint and shade worksheet. 

16 Lesson 16, Emily Carr 15:47

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Use tints and shades to paint like Emily Carr. Learn about the artist Emily Carr and care a landscape inspired by Emily with tints and shades. Artists will use pastel and paint for this painting lesson. Artists will also grow their painting skills and explore landscape and art of nature. 

17 Lesson 17, Watercolors 09:40

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Learn different watercolor techniques. Students will paint on watercolor worksheet as well as use a paintbrush, crayon and watercolor. Students will learn different techniques that they can use when painting with watercolor paint. 

18 Lesson 18, Monet 06:50

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Learn about the artist Monet. Students will learn about his art and life for inspiration of a impressionist painting. 

19 Lesson 19, Monet Painting 12:14

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Learn how to paint like Claude Monet. We will be using Monet as inspiration to create a Claude Monet, Lilly Pad painting. We will be using watercolor paint, watercolor paper and a brush. Acrylic paint may be used as a subsitute for watercolor. 

20 Lesson 20, Landscape 16:35

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Create a landscape and learn about atmospheric perspective by creating a collage. Students will create a monochromatic painting and watercolor background to create a multimedia collage. This lesson will require paint, brush and watercolor paper. 

Section 3

21 Lesson 21, Keith Haring 16:33

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Learn about the artist Keith Haring and create a multi media project inspired by Keith Haring's work. Students will use paper, colored paper, marker, pencil, glue and scissors to show motion as well as use the element of line. 

22 Lesson 22, Pointillism 14:50

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Learn about the artist Georges Seurat and create a Pointillism painting. Students will be an impressionist painter and create Pointillism painting. Students will use paint, paper and q-tips. 

23 Lesson 23, Wayne Thiebaud 14:56

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Create a Wayne Thiebaud inspired drawing by using paper and pastels. Students will learn about the artist as well as use the element of value to create a colorful pastel drawing. Artists will learn how to use pastels as well as how to create a drawing of a cake. Grow your creativity, as well as color and value skills with this pop art, inspired lesson. 

24 Lesson 24, Element of Texture 27:21

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Learn about the Element of Texture and create a multi media collage inspired by Tracey English. Students will use paint, paper and paintbrushes to create textured paper to use in a collage. Artists will create a painted paper still life. 

25 Lesson 25, Texture in Drawing 21:25

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Artists will use the element of texture to create a drawing that shows texture. Students will used paper, pencil, sharpie or marker and colored pencil. 

26 Lesson 26, Andy Warhol 07:02

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Artists will learn about the famous artist, Andy Warhol, his life and work. Students will learn about Andy Warhol in preparation of print making. 

27 Lesson 27, Printmaking 07:02

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Learn the process of printmaking and create a Andy Warhol inspired print. Students will used recyled cardboard, a pepper, paint, paintbrush and different color paper. Students will learn about stamping in printmaking and create their own pop art colorful print. 

28 Lesson 28, Sculpture 21:42

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Create cardboard birds with recycled cardboard, paint, glue and scissors. Artists will learn how to repurpse recylced materials and make a bird come to life. Students will create a form through sculpture.  

29 Lesson 29, Paint like Vincent Van Gogh 25:18

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Artists will paint like Vincent Van Gogh and create the Starry Night. Artists will use acrylic paint, a paintbrush and paper. Students will explore color theory and get familiar with how impressionists painted.  

30 Lesson 30, Henri Rousseau 28:04

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Artists will learn about Henri Rousseau and create a Henri Rousseau inspired jungle, multi media collage. Artists will paint textured paper and use glue and scissors. 

31 Lesson 31, Frida 06:06

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Artists will learn about Frida Khalo in preperation of creating a self portrait. Artists will learn about her life, work and her famous self portraits. 

32 Lesson 32, Portraits 14:25

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Artists will learn how to draw a self-portrait by learning how to draw proportions of the face. Artists will use a pencil, paper, a ruler and crayons, markers, or color pencils. Artists will use Frida as inspiration and learn how to properly measure features to place on the correct place on the face. 

33 Lesson 33, Animate your Self Portrait 04:39

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Artists will learn how to animate their Self Portrait with the app Motion Portrait. Students will take their self portraits and give it an animation. 

34 Lesson 34, Eloise Renouf 23:49

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Eloise Renouf inspired magic marker collage. Artists will use magic markers, a paintbrush, pencil, eraser, glue as well as paper. Artists will create a multi media project by repeating 4 objects. 

35 Lesson 35, How to draw a dog 11:45

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How to draw a dog, step by step guide on how to do a drawing of a cartoon dog. Learn how to draw a dog as well as the art concept of symmetry. Symmetry is an important concept to learn in math and art. Students will draw a drawing step by step. 

Course Description

The Art course includes an exploration of the visual elements of art as well as learning and becoming inspired by the masters in art history. Topics include the elements of line, texture, value, form, color, and space. Topics also include artists such as Andy Warhol, Cezzane, Keith Haring, Monet, Surratt, Rousseau and Vincent Van Gogh. Topics include multi-media art, perspective, color mixing with tints and tones as well as the foundations of drawing and painting. Emphasis will be placed on developing creativity, as well as improving drawing and painting skills. There are no prior requirements for this course, any skill, and level welcome. Students will learn how to draw realistically, how to mix paint to create colors, tints, shades as well as how to use colors to create masterpieces. Students will create multimedia pieces of art such as collage and printmaking. Students will learn the elements of art such as value, color theory, texture, form, space, and line. We will also explore periods in art history such as Pop Art and Impressionism. Students will learn how to draw a realistic portrait by creating an animated self-portrait. We will be using acrylic paint, watercolor, oil pastel, pencil, and paper.

Course Includes

  • 35 video lessons
  • 11 practice worksheets
  • 5 artist biography worksheets
  • 20 painting, drawing, and multimedia projects with step by step guides
  • 5 short quizzes 
  • Answer Key


Section 1

  • 1. Create your own Sketchbook
  • 2. Element of Form
  • 3. Element of Value
  • 4. Element of Line
  • 5. Observational Drawing
  • 6. Cezanne
  • 7. Still Life
  • 8. Element of Space
  • 9. Perspective Drawing
  • 10. Features of the Face

Section 2

  • 11. Color Theory
  • 12. Color Mixing
  • 13. Vincent Van Gogh
  • 14. Complementary Colors
  • 15. Tint’s and Shade
  • 16. Painting with Tint and Shade and Emily Carr
  • 17. Watercolor Techniques
  • 18. Monet
  • 19. Monet Painting

Section 3

  • 20. Landscape
  • 21. Keith Haring
  • 22. Pointillism
  • 23. Wayne Theibaud
  • 24. Tracey English Texture
  • 25. Drawing with Texture
  • 26. Andy Warhol
  • 27. Printmaking
  • 28. Cardboard Sculpture Bird
  • 29. Painting the Starry Night
  • 30. Henri Rousseau
  • 31. Frida Kahlo
  • 32. Self Portrait
  • 33. Animated Self Portrait
  • 34. Eloise Renouf Collage
  • 35. Draw a Dog/ Symmetry

Course Goals

Upon successful completion of this class, students will be able to:

  • Use the elements of line, texture, value, form, color, and space in painting, drawing, and multimedia projects 
  • Learn how to mix paint and understand color theory
  • Learn how to use the element of value, form, and space to create realistic drawings
  • Paint like Vincent Van Gogh and Monet
  • Blend oil pastels like Wayne Thiebaud 
  • Understand master artists such as Andy Warhol, Cezzane, Keith Haring, Monet, and Vincent Van Gogh
  • Understand Impressionism and Post Impressionism in Art History
  • Use printmaking 
  • Use watercolor techniques 
  • Draw a proportionally realistic self-portrait
  • Animate self-portrait 
  • Use symmetry
  • Create three-dimensional art with recycled cardboard 
  • Draw perspective 


Target Audience

This course is for any young artist who wants to learn the elements of art and practice their skill but is recommended for grades 3-5 yet can still be appreciated for 6th graders who want to learn the foundations of art.


Watercolor, acrylic, paint brushes, cardboard, cereal box, string, oil pastel (and or crayon), paper, watercolor paper, colored paper, glue, scissors, and pencil. (Any paint, crayons, and color pencils may be used as a substitute to oil pastel and acrylic paint) 

  • Teacher: Ann
  • Areas of expertise: Visual Arts K-12
  • Education: Bachelor's in Fine Art at the Fashion Institute of Fine Arts and Master in Art Education at Queens College
  • Interests: Painting
  • Skills: Digital art and oil painting
  • Associations: I am a certified in Visual Arts for grades K to 12 in New York
  • Issues I care about: Education

I am a NYC art teacher who loves to encourage imagination and inspire young artists.

Test Preparation Document

Test Preparation Document

Digital Quizzes and Tests Answer Keys Document

Digital Quizzes and Tests Answer Keys Document

Test Answer Key

Answer Key for Tests in this course

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