Zen Color Names - Middle School & High School Art Lesson - Colored Pencils

Zen Color Names - Middle School & High School Art Lesson - Colored Pencils

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This Zen Color Names lesson is a perfect way to launch a middle school or high school art class! Give students an introduction to some basic elements and principles of art, including line, space, color, pattern, variety, and rhythm with this awesome lesson. Perfect for the cover of a student sketchbook, or as a cover for their portfolio folders. Minimal resources required, paper, colored pencils, and ink pens!

Lesson Includes:

5 Page Lesson Plan with National Standards for grades 6-12; Big idea, Essential questions, Objectives, Instructional Materials, Supplies, and detailed process.

27 Page Presentation with Vocabulary & Assessment Guidelines

Google Slides Presentation Link included in Lesson Plan and Powerpoint

Full Demonstration Videos:

  • Making a Plan
  • Adding Color
  • Adding Zentangles

Project Guidelines Student Checklist

Doodle Landscape Worksheets

  • Zendoodle practice Sheet with string
  • (6) How-to Zendoodle Sheets
  • Thumbnail sheets for Zendoodle and landscape practice

Introduction to Colored Pencil Worksheets

Student Self-Evaluation


  • Drawing Paper
  • Pencils/Erasers
  • Black Pens
  • Colored Pencils

I love seeing student artwork!

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National Visual Arts Standards:

 Creating:

VA:Cr1.1.HSI Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.

VA:Cr1.2.IIa Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices to plan works of art and design.

VA:Cr1.2.6: Formulate an artistic investigation of personally relevant content for creating art.

VA:Cr2.1.6: Demonstrate openness in trying new ideas, materials, methods, and approaches in making works of art and design.

VA:Cr2.1.7: Demonstrate persistence in developing skills with various materials, methods, and approaches in creating works of art or design. top 10 visual art lessons

VA:Cr2.1.8: Demonstrate willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms, and meanings that emerge in the process of art-making or designing.

 Connecting:

VA:Cn10.1.HSI: Document the process of developing ideas from early stages to fully elaborated ideas.

 Responding:

VA:Re9.1.HSIII: Construct evaluations of a work of art or collection of works based on differing sets of criteria.

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