The Springville Museum of Art is excited to announce a new series of lesson plans designed to help educators use art as a tool to teach core subjects like language arts, math, social studies, and science.
Each lesson in this series incorporates Utah’s core standards, and historically and artistically significant images from the Springville Museum of Art’s permanent collection. We have redesigned our lesson plans to be simple, easy to use, and appropriate for each grade level.
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2021 In Sight, Out of Mind: Environmental Awareness in Art
In connection with the curated exhibition, "In Sight, Out of Mind" these lessons encourage students to connect deeper with nature.
2020 Grand Ambitions: Fostering Creativity and Ambition in Utah's Classrooms
In connection with the permanent collection exhibition, "Grand Ambitions" these lessons explore how students can find ambition through creativity and stories.
2019 SELF: Discovering Identity in Art
In connection with the curated exhibition, "SELF: Exploration of Identity," these lessons explore how students can explore their identity through art.
2019 Magic & Machine: Exploring Imagination in Art
In connection with the curated exhibition, "Magic and Machine: Fantasy and Sci-fi in Utah Art," these lessons explore how students can use their imaginations to develop new creations.
2018 Roots & Branches: Identity and Family History
In connection with the co-curated exhibition, "Roots and Branches" by Jasen Lanegan and Melanie Allred, these lessons explore how students can connect identity through family history.
2018 Transforming the World: A Look at Social Justice in Art
In connection with the national, traveling exhibition, Speaking Volumes | Transforming Hate, these lesson plans explore ways art can be used to promote social justice.
- K-3 (adaptable) - Kindness Quilt Squares (Mathematics)(Social Studies), video available HERE
- K-3 (adaptable) - Neat Streets (Mathematics)(Social Studies)
- 4-6 (adaptable) - Powerful Words: Making Meaning (Language Arts) (Social Studies)
- 4-6 (adaptable)- Extraordinary Activism: Guerilla Art (Social Studies)
- Middle School- Constructing Personal Significance (Social Studies)
- High School- Depicting Tolerance: Art in the Fight for Tolerance (Social Studies)
- K-12- Teacher Resource Links from Curator, Katie Knight (Holter Museum of Art)
- K-12- Powerpoint "Content-Driven Artist's Books" by Curator, Katie Knight (Holter Museum of Art)
2017 Diving Deep: Exploring Humor in Art
These lesson plans explore how humor and play are used to explore deeper ideas in art and explore playful ways to enhance core curriculum.
- Kindergarten - Swirly Sculptures (Language Arts)
- First/Third Grade - Talking Text with Wet Pastels (Language Arts)
- Second Grade - Burly Butterflies (Science) (Math)
- Fourth Grade- Simile Rainbows (Language Arts)
- Fifth Grade- Vulnerability Collage (Language Arts)
- Sixth Grade- Symbolic Self-Portraits (Language Arts)
- Secondary- Creativity, Doodles, & Mistakes
2017 The Classical Tradition: Learning from the Masters (Past & Present)
These lesson plans explore how classical rules of artistic practice, including aesthetics and mathematical harmonies, can shape modern day learning.
- Kindergarten - Symmetry in Nature (Math)
- First Grade - Building with Shapes (Math)
- Second Grade - Positive and Negative Notan (Math)
- Third Grade- The Illusion of Space: Techniques of One Point Perspective (Math)
- Fourth Grade- Shadow Source (Math)
- Fifth/Sixth Grade- Fibonacci Solar System (Math/Science)
- Sixth Grade- Thinking and Creating with Proportions (Math)
2016 ConTEXTualizing Art
These lesson plans explore how language and letters can enhance the visual arts, through poetry, artist statements and more!
- Kindergarten - Alphabet Animals (Language Arts)
- First Grade - Jasper Johns Letter Hunt (Language Arts)
- Second Grade - Text Illuminated (Language Arts)
- Third Grade- Juxtaposition of Text and Art (Language Arts)
- Fifth Grade- Cinquain Poetry and Collage (Language Arts)
- Sixth Grade- Found Poetry: Blackout and Collage Poetry (Language Arts)
- Elementary- Art & Poetry- Ideas for Teachers (Language Arts)
- Secondary- Collage Workshop (Language Arts)
- Secondary- Artist Statements (Language Arts)
2016 S.T.E.A.M. Punk Party!
These Lesson Plans explore S.T.E.A.M. and how Art can connect to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in important ways. With increasing pressure to focus education merely on these technical subjects, we hope to provide examples of how art can be incorporated and beneficial in teaching these subjects.
- Kindergarten - Shape Shifting! (Math)
- First Grade - Sound Poetry: Musical Machines (Language Arts)
- Second Grade - (1st-3rd Grade adaptable) Rube Goldberg- Playing with Forces and Motion (Science)
- Third Grade- Water in Motion: Hydraulic Energy (Science)
- Third Grade - Living in Minecraft: Biome Communities (Social Studies)
- Fourth Grade - Math Machines (Math)
- Fifth Grade- Story Boards: Building a Movie (Language Arts)
- Sixth Grade- Flying Machines and Da Vinci Deconstructed (Social Studies)
- Secondary - Art Bots! (Engineering)
2015 Roadtrip! A Journey Through Utah's Unique Landscape
- Kindergarten - Let's Take a Roadtrip! (Social Studies)
- First Grade - My Travel Log (Language Arts)
- Second Grade - Imaginary Souvenirs (Math)
- Third Grade - The Sunny Side (Science)
- Fourth Grade - Ghosttowns of Utah - Staying Alive (Social Studies)
- Fifth Grade - Campfire Stories- Character Generator (Language Arts)
- Sixth Grade - Art in the Stars (Science)
2015 Art Display as an Advocacy Tool
- Kindergarten - Who am I? A Book about Me (Social Studies)
- First Grade - The Plant Connection (Science)
- Second Grade - Mishmash Menagerie (Science)
- Third Grade - Quilts and Community (Social Studies)
- Fourth Grade - Make a Statement! (Language Arts)
- Fifth Grade - Curious Curators (Science)
- Sixth Grade - The Math Behind Matting (Math)
2014 Portrait Party
- Kindergarten - Unique Faces (Langage Arts)
- First Grade - Pastel Portraits (Science)
- Second Grade - Portrait Puppets (Social Studies)
- Third Grade - Clues in Reading a Portrait (Language Arts)
- Fourth Grade - The Other Half (Math)
- Fifth Grade - The Face of America (Social Studies)
- Sixth Grade - Looking through the Mirror (Language Arts)
Previous Lesson Plan Packets
- Art Around the World
- Art and Culture
- Art and Literacy
- Art and Science Connected
- Art for Everyone
- The Art of Play
- Art on a Shoestring
- Back to Basics
- Celebrating with Art
- Communities and Towns
- Elements and Principles of Art
- Exploring Animals
- Fill in the GAP
- The Human Figure
- Let's Face It!
- The Many Lives of Paper
- Postcards from Utah Artists
- Teaching History through Art
- Unbound: Book Art and Illustration
- Why and How to Teach Art