Elements of Art and Principles of Design Interactive Fan Bundle
Let’s be real. Teaching the elements of art and principles of design to elementary and middle school kids can be boring. Not to mention challenging to recall, if art is only once a week. Worksheets are not inspiring or engaging, either.
But what if you had a way to make it simple, painless, and dare I say fun? This Elements & Principles Interactive Fan condenses all the relevant information into one nifty hands-on tool.
Use it to reinforce each element or principle as you introduce them throughout the year, or as a review at the start. Curate your spiral curriculum by adding pages each year as new content is learned. This way kids can quickly access these concepts right at their fingertips!
Features of Interactive Fans
- Two, 51-page interactive fans with writing, drawing, and art history connections that students can build upon throughout the school year
- 2 versions of each fan, so you can decide how to introduce each art concept at your own pace and in your own way
- Completed teacher copy/answer keys for time-starved teachers that need to print-and-go. Hurrah!
- Two PowerPoint (and Easel by TPT compatible files) with large scale and close-up images of all the artworks, so students can engage with them
- Easy, step-by-step assembly directions with pictures, so you don’t struggle explaining how to put it together
- Simple, clean design that enables students to focus on the task at hand
- Clear, crisp printing to make professional looking resources for your lessons
How to Teach the Elements of Art and Principles of Design
Each new element and principle begins with writing a basic definition. Then, they read a short blurb about an art concept and write answers to questions or demonstrate their knowledge by drawing or writing a definition. You don’t need to be an expert in any of this because the included answer key will guide you!
Here’s a general outline of the content covered with this interactive fan:
Elements of Art
- 5 Basic lines
- 8 Line varieties
- Calm vs. active lines
- Contour and gesture lines
- Primary, secondary, and tertiary colors
- Tints & shades
- Warm vs. cool colors
- Neutrals and intensity
- Complementary colors
- Monochromatic colors
- Geometric vs. free-form
- Organic shapes
- Tactile vs. Visual texture (real vs. implied)
- Stippling, hatching, cross-hatching, and blending
- Value scale
- Geometric vs. free-form forms
- Additive vs. subtractive sculpture
- Freestanding vs. kinetic sculpture
- Setting and public space
- Positive vs. negative space
- 6 Ways to create depth (overlapping, changing size, placement, brightness/dullness, atmospheric perspective, and linear perspective)
- Foreground, middle ground, and background
Principles of Design
- Formal Balance
- Approximate Symmetry
- Radial Symmetry
- Informal Balance (Asymmetry)
- Placement (isolation)
- Diagonal Movement
- Curving Movement
- Repeating Lines
- Action Lines
- Kinetic Movement
- Facial Proportion
- Body Proportion
- Pattern in Art
5 types of rhythm including:
Tools and Materials Needed
- Cardstock or Copy Paper
- 2.5” Book Binder Ring (or 2” metal brad). If you’re combining them all one one ring, I would suggest the largest binder ring you can find. If you intend on picking roughly half the pages from each deck, you can stick with the 2.5″ ring I’ve already suggested.
- Hole Puncher
- Coloring Materials (thin markers, crayons, and colored pencils)
- Pencils & Erasers
- Tempera Paint* (OPTIONAL, but not necessary at all – for any parts of the fan deck that involve color mixing)
Ways to Use These Interactive Fans
- For every lesson in which you introduce a new concept, kids can add a page to their deck. You can do this throughout the school year as they acquire new art vocabulary.
- For older grades, you may choose to give them a handful of the basic pages with information they already know and have them complete the pages as a start of the year review.
- If you’re going to be absent, this is a great sub plan to cover content you were going to teach but couldn’t get to.
- Use it as a quick and easy bell ringer activity. Ease kids into your art lesson with a “do now” to focus their attention. You can choose a page based on the last art lesson you had with them.
- This could also work as an alternate assignment for kids who require it.
- Have students use their fan decks when discussing or critiquing works of art.
Frequently Asked Questions About Elements of Art and Principles of Design Interactive Fans
- What grade level is this for? This resource can be used for elementary through high school.
- Why use an interactive fan deck? It’s a great way to boost comprehension and independence in the art room while also being an excellent reference tool for future art lessons.
- This deck enables your classes to have answers to questions quickly. And it gives them autonomy in your art lessons.
- How many sheets of paper does this use? That depends if you choose to use every page. This bundle includes pages from both interactive fan decks. So you can customize it however you like.
- I see you offer two versions of each interactive fan. What is the difference? Use Version A when you need a quick copy of the entire document as is. It’s also great for classes that will complete every page and when you want them to complete every mini page on the sheet (but not necessarily every sheet in the deck). Use Version B when you need to save paper. It’s great for handpicking certain pages for that day’s activity (i.e. using them as a one-page bell ringer activity). It also works when you need back-up prints of only one particular mini page or with kids with learning difficulties who perform better with smaller, individualized tasks.
- Do I have to use the definitions you’ve provided? Absolutely not! You teach your curriculum as you see fit. Use your own art vocabulary definitions. Just take note that the teacher copy is filled out using my own definitions.
You Will Receive
- 2 Non-Editable PDFs (Black and white student copy)
- 2 Non-Editable PDFs (Black and white student copy)
- 2 Non-Editable PowerPoint documents (Large-scale images of any art history artworks with a credit line for proper identification.)
- 2 Non-Editable PDFs (Full-color teacher copy/answer key.)
This worked great as an optional homework assignment. – Gabrielle C.