VDOE Visual Arts

Visual Arts Education Resources created by Virginia educators and curated by the Virginia Department of Education. Resources are aligned to the Virginia Visual Arts Standards of Learning. Members are able to see resources posted by the Virginia Department of Education but may not create resources in this group. Visual arts courses include courses that focus on creative and artistic expression through media such as design, painting, printmaking, sculpture, craft, ceramics, photography, digital media, and more. The Virginia Visual Arts Standards of Learning are aligned to learning experiences that take place in any visual arts course.
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Instructional Plan: What Don’t You See When You Look at Me?

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Students will examine portraits of diverse artists to inspire unique self-portraits.  Using  proportions and mirrors to draw self-portraits, students will enhance photocopies of their pencil drawings by adding visual representations of their likes, backgrounds, hopes, and dreams, as well as color.  The first pencil portrait will be glued on the outside of an envelope, while the second colorful portrait can be slipped out from inside to reveal a deeper look at the student’s identities. 

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: Kelly Bisogno, Michelle Milligan

Instructional Plan: "Mistake Art" (Line Drawing)

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Students will learn that a mistake is an opportunity to be an artist. Students will first close their eyes and make an unwanted mark on their paper, then use a variety of art supplies to turn that “mistake” into a work of art. By problem-solving, students will explore solutions that may take the form of animals, objects, places, or non-representative art.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson, Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno

Instructional Plan: Shadow Puppet Storytelling

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Students will understand that information passes from generation to generation through the ancient tradition of storytelling. Students will recognize that puppetry is a visual expression of storytelling used by many cultures for entertainment, community gatherings, to convey information and to encourage understanding and/or empathy. Students will create a shadow puppet and perform a short puppet show based on a folk tale, tall tale, or poem.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson, Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno

Instructional Plan: Unexpected Abstract Art

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Students will learn about contemporary artist Beatriz Milhazes. Inspired by her work, students will first practice using line, shape, and color by creating an abstract drawing using household items. Then, students will use digital drawing tools to explore those concepts and unexpected outcomes to create a final work of art.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson, Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno

Instructional Plan: Music and Emotion Through Art

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Students will look at the difference between abstract, non-representational, and representational work before creating their own piece of art. The work of art they create will be a depiction of their own emotions while listening to different types (genres) of music. Students will choose from available media and create a work based on their own emotional response to the musical selections.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson, Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno

Instructional Plan: Paper Mâché Miniature Golf

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During this lesson, students will work in teams to plan, construct, and test a functional miniature golf sculpture while they explore topics related to collaboration, design thinking, and peer critique. A focus on specific art production skills such as armature building and rendering objects using paper mâché will be explored. The finished artwork will be peer reviewed for creativity, craftsmanship, and challenge.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: Kelly Bisogno, Michelle Milligan

Instructional Plan: Figure Studies - A Unit of 3 Lessons

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This unit of study allows for students to gain understanding and confidence in figure drawing over a series of 3 separate lessons that result in a collaborative mural. These lessons can be used to facilitate an assessment of student growth and skills development, while still encouraging expression through different types of art explorations and working both individually and collaboratively.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: Kelly Bisogno, Michelle Milligan