Lesson Plans

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. 

  • 1-6 (adaptable) - Eight In-Class Art Activities to Get Students’ Creativity Going! (Visual Arts)
  • 2-6 (adaptable) - Why the Moon Paints Her Face Black (Visual Arts, Social Studies, Language Arts)

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.

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.

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)
  • Fourth Grade- Cursive Art: Mother Goose Abstracted (Language Arts), video available HERE
  • 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

2015 Art Display as an Advocacy Tool

2014 Portrait Party

Art and the Elementary Core: Lesson Plans