Resources for middle school art teachers


These thematic-based projects are the ones I use in my grades 6 - 8 courses. They are based on problems from contemporary art and cover a wide range of media. Each project is designed for maximum flexibility and to provide opportunity for students to pursue their own interests within a given theme. In fact, the themes and supporting materials provide for the opportunity to change the media used if it fits your program more efficiently.

These projects are based on the principles outlined on the Street Cred page. The previews below are meant to give you ideas, enrich your toolbox, and inspire you. You’re welcome to borrow anything that you find useful. The ready-to-present full projects are available on TPT and  include the following:

  • AI-generated formative feedback option included
  • Ready-to-show PowerPoint lessons
  • Instructional videos from the ISB Art History Channel and other YouTube instructors
  • Ready-to-play Kahoots!
  • Sample and editable rubrics based on NAEA anchor standards
  • Editable PowerPoints and Word documents in student pack
  • Flexibility for differentiation across grades 6 – 8
  • Online delivery options

Street Art

is it art or vandalism?

The comics

learning culture thru comics

modern masks

for the 21st century

That's not art

is there meaning in abstraction?

The Power of Patterns

pattern in art

still in the game

what's up with all this stuff?

exploding the canvas

beyond the rectangle

Portraits and culture

what can portraits teach us?

Draw Me A Story

everyone loves storybooks

context clues

context and meaning

shout it out

text and image

the wild beasts

setting color free

The Twilight Zone

what's real?

poetry in motion

kinetic sculpture

mundane 2 marvelous

art from stuff

in your honor

novelty architecture

Formative Feedback using AI

Providing timely feedback on a student’s written assignment, and the opportunity to revise their responses on that feedback is an essential component of developing critical and analytic thinking about art. Despite best efforts, by the time students receive that feedback from a teacher, the student’s thinking process about that question has been disrupted. Now each project above provides an optional assignment that uses AI to provide immediate feedback on a student’s written responses.

Writing about art lessons

These two lessons are designed to help students learn about talking and writing about art critically. Decoding Art helps students break down art into form. theme, and context to discover the meaning in an artwork. Building a Visual Arts Vocabulary helps students to expand the art vocabulary to describe and talk about art more effectively. Both lessons have videos embedded which help explain the concepts. These resources are free to download. Click the images below to download PDFs of these lessons.

Videos specifically for Middle Schoolers

Instructional videos on art history, techniques,  and more. These videos are made by art teachers who understand what middle school students need to know about art.

For Subs, Early Finishers and Other Awkward Moments

Often art teachers want to fit more art history into their curriculum, but finding the time can sometimes be difficult. Art Movement Morsels are quick snippets about different aspects of art history designed to be delivered in one or two periods. They are perfect for those times between projects, for early finishers, or even for a sub.

Ready-to-play Kahoots based on themes appropriate to middle school art courses. These Kahoots are embedded in the projects below but can also be played as stand alone games.

For sixteen of his over thirty years in education, Brian Reverman taught high school and middle school art at the International School of Beijing, The American School of Bombay, and the Casablanca American School. He is currently the Artist-in-Residence at HKUGA College in Hong Kong.

I'm now a visiting artist for middle and high school art programs

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