Art lesson SEASONS - Summer Sparkle (paint)
This visual art lesson plan is a great way to combine art with a Science inquiry into the changing Seasons, weather, the ocean and summer holidays. All steps are clearly explained and photographed, giving you the confidence to deliver quality visual art lessons to your students. Includes opportunities for student choice. Artist biography included for Hokusai.
This art lesson covers junior fine-motor skills like smooth and accurate painting.
The elements of line and colour are also explored. Suggested success / assessment criteria are included for drawing and painting skills as well as conceptual understanding of colour.
Use this comprehensive lesson plan and guide your students through creating artworks of a summer ocean scene with waves and sparkling sun, that celebrates summer and nature. This lesson has built in choice for differentiation, while keeping the skills taught consistent across the class, to save your sanity.
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Picture books have been referenced among a list of resource links and a clear and comprehensive photo journal of each step of the process has been provided. Student and teacher exemplars of work in progress and also the completed works. Links to my video painting demonstrations have been provided for extra support.
❤️ Take the guesswork out of teaching art, avoid the epic fails that result from not having the time to trial the lesson or media yourself before teaching it.
I’ve done it all for you and trailed this lesson with my own students, aged 5-6 and is suitable from first grade through 5th grade.
I am both a general ed classroom teacher and currently practising as a Visual Art and Digital Media specialist educator, teaching students from ages 4-12, at a primary school.
❤️ How will this resource help busy teachers, who are nervous about teaching art?
No worries - I’ve got you covered.
This lesson comes as a full colour PDF teacher guide, with a bumper 68+ slide deck, where all steps are clearly explained and photographed, from start to finish, giving you the confidence to deliver a series of quality visual art lessons to your students.
❤️ All the materials & skills are also clearly listed for you. It’s like having an art specialist with you in your classroom.
The PDF slides are purposely designed in landscape orientation to share with your students as a presentation on your large screen. This extra visual support will prove useful to you and your students, particularly diverse learners, and will also save yourself having to repeat the same instruction, multiple times a lesson.
Select VIEW > enter full screen for presentation mode. Then use the arrow keys on your keyboard to drive a smooth slideshow experience, like a pro :)
Encourage students along the way, to follow choice options and create their unique artwork, while being guided by the information on the slides.
⏰ How long will this project take to finish?
This art project will span multiple lessons, depending on the age and stage of students and the size of paper /media/ style you or your students choose. Chunk into small manageable lessons, to allow for drying time after painting sections. Between 4-6 lessons.
View the PDF & Video previews above, then add to cart and smile, knowing you will soon have beautiful artwork on the walls and students glowing with pride!
❤️ So what is special about this resource?
SUMMER SPARKLE art project is NOT a superficial art or craft option. As a specialist in this field, I write lessons that encourage deeper, cross-curricular learning and make meaningful connections to other subject areas. This IS:
- a painting & drawing tutorial that uses shapes, lines and measurement (Math),
- explores the concepts of summer rituals (Social Studies),
- links with nature and seasons (Science).
Inspired by Summer traditions in of heading to the oceanside for a holiday.
This lesson plan can be the perfect companion art project for students inquiring into
✏️ Earth Day
✏️ Sharing the Planet (IB PYP)
✏️ Change- cycle of seasons (Summer)
✏️ How The World Works (IB PYP)
✏️ Summer holidays
✏️ Cultural traditions
✏️ Who We Are (IB PYP)
✏️ And a great extension activity for shared picture books - some suggestions included.
Students can express their unique ideas through personal choices and modifications, while working through the guided project with examples. Pausing in places to discuss next steps with students, check understanding and explore potential student responses or modifications, bringing personal creative ideas to the tutorial. This addresses the Viewing & Responding to artwork objectives in a purposeful way.
✅ What is included in SUMMER SPARKLE art project?
A 68+ slide PDF teaching support document for step-by-step guidance and reference, intentionally designed in landscape orientation. To share with your students as a presentation on your large screen. Select VIEW > enter full screen. Then use the arrow keys on your keyboard to drive a smooth slideshow experience, like a pro :)
This PDF includes step-by-step support & teaching instructions for:
- Materials list
- Visuals for reference
- Detailed instructions to create the artwork
- Photographs of every step
- Student and teacher examples of work in progress and completed. (3rd grade)
- guidance for assessment - ASSESSMENT RUBRIC, Learning Intentions included for the International Baccalaureate & New Zealand standards at levels 2 / Phase 2 which will closely aligned to assessment standards you may be using
- guidance and examples for Student Voice reflection/ assessment - either use orally with the slide, or print for students to fill out as a record of their learning. Alternatively export that slide as a jpeg from the PDF and post for digital reflections like Seesaw
- BONUS - LINKS TO 2 OF MY DEMONSTRATION VIDEOS FOR PAINTING
✅ What knowledge, techniques and skills will my students learn?
- Make connections to trans-disciplinary themes
- Follow a tutorial for guidance - listening skills, visual discrimination, sequencing
- Develop fine-motor & technical skills for using paints
- Draw accurately, adding details
- Respond to art created by artists and by other students
- Reflect on my own knowledge, skills, progress and artwork - using the included student sheets (share on screen for oral reflection or print out for student’s records.
✅ That sounds great! So what about the Visual Art focus?
- Plan the composition of elements in your artwork
- Build skills for observational drawing (Studio Habits)
- Developing original design skills
- Build skills for oil pastel & painting techniques (Studio Habits)
- Show an understanding for the art elements, specifically LINE, COLOUR
- Select color (colour) values with purpose
- Be inspired by your environment or life experience
✅ Bonus inclusion:
This project also aligns to the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme art curriculum
View the PDF & Video Previews above, then add to cart and smile, knowing you have just saved yourself heaps of time and effort!
If your year group is learning about weather or seasons, consider the following art units so that each class could work on an art response to a different season (or see our bundled resources):
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