The Art Center

Outreach

Outreach Activities – Art in the Classroom!

Add some art in your classroom! Art Kits will be available for pick up, all you have to do is hand out the supplies to your students. Our instructor will guide your class through the project in-person or virtually on Zoom. Each lesson runs one-hour and are geared towards the age level of the participants. Cost is $4-per student/per lesson at a minimum of 16 students; $5- per student/per lesson with groups sizes 16 and under and for custom lessons. Call 217-223-5900 to book! Booking is required two weeks before the lesson.

Choose one of the following lessons:

K-3rd: Clay Monster Heads

This lesson helps little hands learn how to shape, form, and assemble clay sculptures using air dry clay.

Element/Principles: Form

Art History: Ceramics, dating back to 18,000-17,000 BCE 

Lesson Plan

4th-8th Grade: Clay Mini Bust

A more advanced lesson on clay, students will learn to shape and make a hollow form and use assemblage to create a head using air dry clay.

Element/Principles: Form

Art History: Ceramics, dating back to 18,000-17,000 BCE 

Lesson Plan

All Ages using scissors: Paper Shapes

Inspired by the artist Henri Matisse, use fun shapes, negative space, & color to create abstract compositions. No paper will be wasted! See Paper Shapes lesson plan.

Element/Principles: Shape & Balance

Art History: Henri Matisse, French, 1869–1954

All Ages: Color by Expression

Create an abstract painting using tempera cake paints on watercolor paper! Learn about basic color theory! See Color by Expression lesson plan.

Element/Principles: Color, the element of art made up of three properties: hue, value, and intensity.

Art History: Pablo Picasso & Mark Rothko

PreK – 4th Grade: Line Sculpture

Create a paper sculpture! Turn paper strips & glue into wiggles, curves and zigzags. The possibilities are endless! See Line Sculpture Lesson Plan

Art History:

Vocabulary: Sculpture, the art of making two or three-dimensional forms.

All Ages: Watercolor Wonder

Express yourself through watercolor! Experiment with salt, wax, and straws to create different effects and textures using watercolor. See Watercolor Wonder lesson plan.

Elements/ Principles of Art: Color & Texture

Art History: Helen Frankenthaler, American, 1928-2011