Grade Levels: K-3

In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about the elements of art. These activities are designed to complement the Elements of Art BrainPOP Jr. topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.

Teacher Activities for Teaching Elements of Art

Color, Value, and Mood
How can color and value change the mood of a piece of art? Have students create a drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, or other artwork. What mood does the work communicate? How do the colors and value communicate this mood? Then have students redo the same work using different colors and values. How does the mood change? Have students share their works with the class and put them on display in your class art gallery.

Remind children that the artist Meret Oppenheim took a teacup and saucer, which has a texture everyone is familiar with, and recreated them with different textures. Invite students to try their own experiments with texture. They may want to make something that is typically smooth and cover it with sandpaper ,or make something that is typically hard and cover it with something fuzzy. Encourage students to be creative! Have them share and describe their work with the whole class.

Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching about Elements of Art

Art Walk
Art is all around us, not just in galleries and museums. Take a walk with your child in your community and look for art. It may be statues or monuments in a park or paintings hung on a store wall. Have your child describe the artwork using the elements of art. Encourage him or her to compare the artworks. Your child may wish to take notes in a notebook or sketch different works that inspire him or her.

In Shape
Study different works by artists who explore shapes, such as Pablo Picasso. Observe how he brings a variety of shapes together to create new shapes or a new image. Then have your child create a collage by cutting out shapes from paper and old magazines or newspapers and attaching them to form a new image. Remind your child that symbols are things that stand for something else. For example, a heart stands for love and a four-leaf clover stands for luck. Have your child cut out images that symbolize something to him or her and incorporate those symbols into the collage. You may want to use the Collage movie to get more ideas.