Do you find that a gap sometimes appears at the end of a project before the Christmas holiday begins? I have devised a couple of fun and productive seasonal art lessons for just that moment…
I’ve design each activity to last just one lesson, but you could extend both if you have a bit more time…
Group Christmas tree design
Students learn initially about the Tate Gallery Christmas Tree commission and analyse the trees designed by different artists. These include Bob and Roberta Smith, Michael Landy and Shirazeh Houshiary. Next they work in groups to come up with their own ideas. And finally they create maquettes of their ideas for a class vote on which should be commissioned.
This unusual lessons is a great way to learn about some contemporary artists. Students also debate issues around consumerism and consider what makes a meaningful artwork.
Warhol Bauble worksheet
This fun seasonal art lesson works well as cover or substitute lesson as you need minimal materials or specialist knowledge. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s Christmas bauble illustrations, students create their own 3d paper baubles. It’s a great way to learn about the artist and makes a fun, engaging and relaxing end of term lesson.
To download the lesson worksheet, either click the image above, or visit my TpT store.
Corita Kent Christmas Tree
And here’s another Pop Art inspired seasonal lesson. Corita Kent Christmas Trees! This one takes inspiration from her text work ‘Art Department Rules’ for a fun practical lesson with minimal materials needed.
Corita Kent is a lesser known Pop Artist who was a teacher and a nun. Her work is inspiring and hopeful, and definitely worth introducing to students. You can download the four-page worksheet by clicking on the image below.
You can check out another fun seasonal art lesson here. My STEAM lesson is focused on paper cutting to create six-sided stars. And there is a lesson on repeat-printing wrapping paper with a link to maths too.
And this seasonal round-up of artists inspired by snow, carol singers and trees on Art Uk is sure to inspire some Christmas spirit.