How to Write a Lesson Plan for Art Class

Even art classes benefit from a lesson plan.
... Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images

Lesson plans help to organize a teacher’s thoughts and ideas for curriculum for her classes. Although art classes are a more creative and individual type of class, a lesson plan is critical in delivering the material properly and thoroughly.

Create a spreadsheet on a piece of paper. At the top, list class dates from the first to last day. On the left side of the spreadsheet, list the following: goals and objectives, materials used, procedure, accommodations and evaluation. Alternatively, you can choose to write the lesson plan down as a list numbering each section.

Determine goals and objectives that you want your art class students to achieve. You’ll want to determine short-term goals such as goals for that particular day or unit as well as long-term goals like things you want to accomplish by the end of the school year. According to The Education Reference Desk online, goals help to determine purpose, aim and rationale for the duration of the class.

Determine what materials are needed for your art class. If this is an art class that focuses on painting, material examples would be paint brush, easel, cup of water, etc. List every possible item you would need for the particular lesson.

In the procedure section, you will want to write a detailed step-by-step outline of how to execute the lesson. The steps are for the teacher and will include how you will gain the students' attention to begin the lesson, whether you will give an example of the lesson, etc.

An accommodations section should also be included in your lesson plan for an art class. Accommodations may be made for both those students whose skill levels exceed the majority of the class and for those students whose skill levels are a bit behind the other students.

The evaluation section is to be filled out last for the lesson plan. You may evaluate how the lesson plan went over or what you would change in the future in this section. Observe the students during the lesson and see what interests them. Note what art lessons they understand and excel at and which ones they do not. All of these evaluations will help adjust your lesson plan for later art classes.

  • For beginner teachers, there are free or low-cost lesson plan templates and examples available online and at teacher supply stores.

Kristle Jones, a freelance writer out of Southern California, uses her education, expertise and personal experience to write and blog articles for the Web. Kristle loves writing beauty, health and parenting articles and hopes to share her thoughts with her readers.