Art for Explorers. Intro to a Visual Arts Education

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Teacher: Lisa
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0 Course Introduction 02:58

A brief introduction to me, the course, the elements of art, and the subjects to be covered.

1 Exploring the Elements of Art 13:48

We begin the Elements of Art.

2 Understanding Lines 12:12

Line is an Element of Art. Explorers learn about various types of line.

Your child will create using the different lines in following lessons. Lessons will repeat important ideas to be sure your child retains the new information.

After learning about line, your Explorer will be able to use variety in their work of art.

We will use black Flair marker and white paper for this lesson.

3 Using Lines 11:21

We will draw a Duck swimming using types of Line.

4 Using lines in circles 12:22

We will explore drawing colorful lines in a circular technique.

5 Understanding Shape and Form 11:10

We learn the difference between a Shape and a Form.

6 Understanding Organic shape 10:14

We learn about organic shape and negative and positive types of Space.

7 Understanding Geometric shapes 10:15

We learn about the element of Art Shape, by using Geometric shapes.

8 Creating like Henri Matisse 11:00

Explorers will use their new knowledge about shape, and create a work of art in the style of Henri Matisse.

9 Understanding Form 10:37

Explorers will draw in three dimension and create a pear with height, width and depth. Instruction includes help using oil pasteel or crayon to create 3D. This lesson helps your child understand how form is different from flat shapes.

10 Clay and Form 13:37

Your Explorer will gain understanding of Form by creating a dog face using clay in three dimensions. Instruction is demonstrated, and then hands-on ensuring your child understands the idea of three dimensions as they work. 

11 Exploring Color 10:18

Color is an exciting Element of art. Your Explorer will see how color is made in a demonstration. The Color unit builds upon each lesson.

12 Understanding Primary Colors 11:02

We continue learning about the Element of Art Color. Explorers engage in their own work of art using Primary color prints. This provides better understanding of the idea around Primary color.

13 Color is warm and cool 14:01

Explorers will learn how color effects us differently when we look at it. A work of art is then created grouping cool and warm colors to clearly define the differences. This enhances your child's use of color choices in their own work.

14 Exploring Pop-Art and color 15:38

Explorers will have an Art History lesson about Jim Dine, who uses Primary and Secondary colors in wonderful ways. Your child will make a work of art based on Jim Dine hearts using paint.

15 Neutral colors 13:14

Your Explorer uses neutral colors in a balanced symmetrical paint print. The concept of symmetry is easily understood by a folded paper print. Once a print is created, your child will use their imagination to create something from the surprise print they made.

16 Understanding Value 12:55

Value is another Element of Art. In this lesson your Explorer will understand how a color ranges from it's lightest to darkest value. Explorers will create a value scale in color pencil, from light to dark. By making their own scale your child will have control over shading and making objects look 3D, and not flat.

17 Exploring Tints and Shades 10:25

Explorers learn how to create values of a tinted color using white, and shades of the same color using black. In a hands-on paint project, your child will learn control over how to make paints appear in a range of lighter, or darker variations. The ability to control color is important in using color in any medium to express objects how we want them to look.

18 Using Value 10:45

Explorers practice controlling drawn values by creating a drawing. The exercise in making values helps your child have better control of their pressure on pencils. Pressure is important to how light or dark a color appears in a work of art.

19 Value and shading 16:17

Values and shadows depend on a light source. In this guided lesson, your child will understand how lighting effects an object, and how to use values in their work to show a light source. Explorers will learn how shadows look on an object and change across it and under it.

After learning this concept, your child will be able to enhance their work by using lighting and shading effectively. And this knowledge is useful in any art medium, or photography.

20 Understanding what Texture is 16:05

Texture is an exciting Element of Art and useful in making works of art look real. Your Explorer will learn the differences between implied and real textures. Your child will be able to identify real vs imagined or implied textures.

Your child will learn how to see and appreciate texture in their surroundings, and how texture is essential to works of art. They will see examples of how several artists use texture in their work.

21 Using implied texture 13:14

Texture is an Element of Art.

Explorers will practice creating implied( imagined) soft texture, like fur, in their own art. By using implied texture your child gains the ability to express how something might feel if you were to touch it in their work of art.

A drawing of a cat using texture to show soft fur is demonstrated. Your Explorer can practice creating fur.

Creating texture is a skill well worth learning at an early age. It is a challenge for any artist to show how objects might feel, and this lesson introduces your Explorer to Texture, an important Element of Art and a drawing technique to make soft texture.

22 Actual or real Texture 15:36

Explorers continue to learn about real texture. Actual texture is what we can feel, and artists do create using real textures.

Explorers will create a Loom from clay, string and yarn and weave demonstrating actual texture to them. Your child will also press textures onto the clay loom before it dries. This is another texture they can touch. Weaving perfectly shows your child actual textures they can see and feel.

Actual texture is an important Element of Art found in Sculptures and Fiber art.

23 Making rubbed textures 11:56

Your Explorer will continue to identify textures in this lesson. Rubbings of found objects shows real textures found in everyday life. The idea is to introduce imitating textures.

Your Explorer sees how textures are different by rubbing various types of objects. In addition to this, your child will be able to copy and "imply" or create the same texture in their own work. Artists often reproduce textures in their works of art. 

This lesson is essential in identifying textures, and being able to intrepret that texture by implying it in their own work.  Making implied textures look like the real thing is a drawing and painting skill built-up over time and practice.

24 Exploring Space 10:50

In this lesson your Explorer will learn about the Element of Art Space.

Your child will use their knowledge of various lines in a drawing with Negative space and patterns of lines. Negative space is the space around or through objects.

The project is designed to use several art elements together for better understanding of negative space.

25 Space and perspective 10:58

Exploring the Element of Art Space, and perspective.

26 Artist Georgia O'Keeffe and close-up space 12:29

Your child will be introduced to a Poppy painting by Georgia O'Keeffe, to demonstrate the close-up perspective in a work of art.

The Poppy painting is the springboard for your child to making their own close-up view perspective painting of the Poppy flower. The idea of zooming-in will be discussed, as well as how to see this perspective in space.

Artists use perspective in their work to show distances from objects from one another. This creates realistic space and sizes. After this lesson, your Explorer will understand the importance of size and spacing in their own work.

This concept is essential for drafting, inventing, engineers and architects, landscape artists as well as fine art works. Explorers will naturally use perspective to create close-up or far away views once they understand how it makes their work look.

27 One-Point perspective in Space 14:43

Space and relationships of objects in space are an important Element of Art. In this lesson your Explorer will understand how objects far away from them disappear from sight. At a single one point in space, objects seem to dissappear from view.

The Aquarium lesson will show a One-point perspective drawing in space from the front to the back of the aquarium, while your child learns how objects in the space recede. 

All artists use perspective to advantage to show distances in space. After this lesson, your child will be able to create distance in space in their own works of art, and size objects in space according to where they are too. 

28 Near and far perspective 12:43

The learning about the Element of Art Space continues.

We continue learning how to identify both close and far away from us in space and distnce. In this lesson your Explorer learns how to size objects coming closer to the viewer, or themselves. This is an art skill learned by practice with it.

Your child will be able to better represent perspective of objects accurately in distance after this lesson.

29 Artist Vincent van Gogh, and Elements of Art 15:56

We will study "Wheatfield and Crows", a painting work by Vincent van Gogh, using many of the elements. Your Explorer is gaining the ability to identify many elements in one work.

After this lesson, your child will use various elements as they like in their own work of art. Your child has knowledge that is coming together in the next lessons. Oil Pastels will be featured in this project.

Students will learn a little about van Gogh, in terms of his painting career and how he used colors in his works.

30 Geometric shape, Line and Color with Piet Mondrian 11:04

In this lesson we will look at Piet Mondrian who used geometric shape, and line with Primary colors. Explorers will create a guided work of art in the style of Mondrian, but in their own way.

It is important to have knowledge of an artist who came before us, and their ideas. It is why I included a brief art history lesson about Piet Mondrian, to show Explorers how artists use the Elements of Art in their work. 

After this lesson, your child will connect meaning to how the elements exist in works of art through all time. And creating their own work will inspire more use of the elements, and better results from using them.

31 Artist Paul Klee and color work 15:57

In this lesson Explorers will learn to identify geometric shapes with lines in a work of art by artist Paul Klee. Klee was well known for the use of childlike shapes and bright, bold colors in his work.

Your child will use the Elements of Art together in their own art in the style of Paul Klee's "Castle and Sun", painting. Your child is using more elements at the same time and is gaining a good understanding of how important they are.

This project will use Oil Pastels and paint on Watercolor paper.

The Elements of Art are found in works of art throughout history. Artist Paul Klee, is a wonderful example of childlike spontaneous use of color and simple shapes in art.

32 Artist M.C Escher and Tessellation 14:59

Explorers will learn about the unique art of artist M.C Escher, who used geometry in artistic ways to create repeated Tessellated patterns in his work.

Tessellations are units of a geometric shape that are repeated without spaces inbetween, creating a work that seems to move across the page. Escher's art is even more interesting when your child creates an original Tessellation, and tries their own pattern.

The paper unit often resembles an animal, person, fish, lizard, bird, etc. Explorers will decide what their Tessellation unit looks like to them, and create using color what they see, just like Escher did.

After this lesson, your child will have deeper understanding of the use of colors, space, patterns and geometric shapes.

33 Children's games in our art history 12:03

This Art history lesson shows us how children lived, dressed and played long ago.  Explorers will investigate how artists showed children playing in several works of art by artists Breugel and Homer.

Children will learn that art through out history leaves behind stories, and how important art is in capturing life.

Your child will have a deeper understanding of art history, along with seeing art and it's value to future generations.

Today, Explorers will create a work of art about a child's game with a lot of independence. The challenge is to work on a game they already know, or to create a new game and draw, paint, or use whatever material they like to depict it!

34 Explorers in Art 18:15

In this lesson Explorers use what they know about all the elements by creating a torn paper collage. Today we use many elements together.

At this point in the course, your child has earned the right to experiment. They know so much about using line, shape, form,space, color, texture, value!

This project is for your child to enjoy being creative just like an artist. Many of the course ideas are discussed during the project, and used in making a unique work of art

35 Art Elements 17:55

In this last lesson all the Elements of Art your child learned during this course are used in one work.

Explorers will use all the elements they learned about in a drawing showing each element surrounding the word ART.

Explorers will use thim black marker, on white construction paper in this project. They have a lot of freedom in creating their final work of art in the Art for Explorers course! It is my hope your child will use the Elements of Art going forward and this will improve their own work and confidence. 

36 Materials List 00:00

For their safety, please be sure your child will not put materials in their mouth, when providing art materials.

A full list is in the attached document.

37 Final Course Exam 00:00

An exam which reviews all the subjects covered in the course.

Course Overview

The Elements of Art are fundamental in every art program, and are a solid foundation for a child’s art education. In this studio art video course, your student will gain new skills in visual observation, spatial relationships, and become a creative problem solver. Making works of art builds self-reliance and promotes high levels of thinking, far beyond just using the art materials. And exploring famous artist’s examples helps students see and identify the elements used in works of art throughout history.

This course is what you would find in a Brick and Mortar classroom. I have used these lessons across grades K-3rd with great success. Students love a challenge, and this art course promotes artistic growth among children from whereever they begin. All students will deepen their creative thinking skills going through this course. This is art education taught in ways that give it personal connection with each student.

I am so very excited to be able to offer Art for Explorers. Intro to a Visual Arts Education to your student and family!

Thank you for considering Art for Explorers, and for taking the time to look at it. I know your child will have lots of fun while learning!




This course includes:


  • 7 Units about the Elements of Art
  • Materials list
  • Art History for Children
  • 35 Video-Lessons
  • Worksheets
  • Quizzes between lessons
  • Quiz answer key
  • Lesson images and pictures
  • Respect for all learners
  • Guided studio art demonstrations
  • Vocabulary and definitions
  • Final Exam
  • Exam answer key


Course Goals


Upon completing this course, students will be able to understand how the Elements of Art form the back bone of visual art, by being able to identify them and use them in their own work.

Your student will learn a Visual Art curriculum, and increase their knowlege of art materials and mediums, fine art techniques and increase their art appreciation.

Your child will improve fine motor skills through art making and drawing, use higher thinking skills, and have supportive studio art experiences in a friendly virtual environment.

Your student will have fun while learning important visual art concepts for K-3rd grades.


Target Audience


K-3rd graders

All learners and their parents


Course Requirements


Students taking this course will need to be able to watch short videos of up to 18 min.

Students will need to have enthusiasm about trying new things.

Students will need to follow short directions, and a set of steps.

A dedicated space or table in which to make works of art.

Some lessons may require some help (K-1, depending on your child's dexterity).


Course Topics

Unit 1- Element of Art- Line




Introduction to Elements of Art

Exploring and identifying the Element called line

Using types of line in art

Line in a circular pattern in art

Unit 2- Element of Art- Shape and Form




The difference between Elements of Art, Shape and Form

Organic shape, with positive and negative space and symmetry

Drawing a form from a shape

Creating a three dimensional clay form

Unit 3- Element of Art – Color




Introduction to Color

Primary color printing

Warm and Cool colors drawing

Artist Jim Dine- hearts, and Secondary color painting

Neutral color and painting


Unit 4- Element of Art- Value




Introduction to Value

Tints and Shades values

Making a value scale

Values, lighting and shading

Unit 5- Element of Art – Texture




Introduction to texture, actual or implied

Drawing implied texture, like fur, markers

Exploring actual texture by weaving, clay and yarn, string

Actual textures and rubbings, found objects, crayons

A drawing using implied texture

Unit 6- Element of Art- Space




Introduction to Space and perspective, near and far, collage and crayon

Artist Georgia O'Keeffe, and close-up perspective Poppy, oil pastel and painting

Space and One-point perspective indoors, drawing and painting

Space and sizes in perspective in a snow scape, color pencil

Unit 7- Famous Artists and Elements Practice




Putting it all together. Art History and using the Elements of Art

Artist Vincent van Gogh, color, space and line in a work of art of our own, oil pastel

Artist Piet Mondrain, geometric shape, line and color in art, black line and markers

Artist Paul Klee, bold color and geometric shape in art, crayon or oil pastel, paint

Artist M.C. Escher, tessellation geometric patterns, and color in art, pencil, Black flair and color pencil

Artist Pieter Bruegel, exploring art history in children's game work of art, choice of mixed media

Using many elements together, in a texture rubbing, paint prints, and torn paper collage

Summing up the Elements in ONE work of art, black Flair pen drawing



  • Teacher: Lisa
  • Areas of expertise: Art Education, K-8th.
  • Education: Western Governors University,BA Elementary Education Fashion Institute of Technology,AA Textile Design.
  • Interests: Art, being creative, and teaching!
  • Skills: Artist, Teaching Elementary Art, Illustration, support for all learners no matter where they begin art education.
  • Associations: Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, AZ. Previous, Old Tappan First Aide Corps.
  • Issues I care about: I believe in a well-rounded art education for all students. I care deeply about safe and caring learning environments.

Thank you for taking a look at Art for Explorers, for children K-3rd grade. I am honored to teach Art, a subject I love so very much! I have taught Elementary Art, in K-8th grades in Classical, Traditional, and Public schools in Arizona.

Test Preparation Document

Test Preparation Document

Digital Quizzes and Tests Answer Keys Document

Digital Quizzes and Tests Answer Keys Document

Final Exam with Key

The final exam with answer key. This also can be found in digital form in the lesson section

Quiz Questions from all 35 Lessons.

The quiz questions from all 35 lessons. These can also be found digitally in each lesson.

Answer key for all 35 lesson quizzes

Answer key for each quiz in the 35 lessons

Certificate of Completion

To be awarded to the student at the successful completion of the course.
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