Help your 7th grade students reach new artistic heights by taking basic art concepts and various art styles and making them their own. Your students' creativity will flourish and their skill set will be strengthened as they take on these various art projects. Watch as your students produce what looks like complex activities using simple methods and basic supplies.
These projects can be taken and adapted to suit not only the artistic abilities of your learners but can also take their interests into consideration. You can do most, if not all, of the listed tasks using materials you probably already have.
1. Collective Rock Painting
Have your students contribute to the collective by working together to create this mesmerizing natural masterpiece. You could even expand this assignment by including other classes or even the entire school! Get your students to go on a hike prior to doing this to pick their own rock.
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2. Crayon Resist Art
Using just crayons, paper, paints, and a paintbrush, your students can achieve this cool effect. Whether your learners create colorful patterns or keep the background all one color, this desired look is easy to achieve!
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3. X-Ray Eyes
Pair this activity with your next biology lesson! This is an excellent art idea that can be integrated across the curriculum. Your students can color their photos in to really make their work pop and so their hard work creating details will be noticed.
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4. Number Art
This craft project is a great addition to your next math lesson. You middle school students can use stencils to create this interesting design effect. You can create the stencils ahead of time as the instructor or you can have the students create them themselves.
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5. Name Plate Designs
Have your students take name writing to the next level but create pictures of things they love out of the letters in their name. This lesson could easily turn into a lesson on shading if you want your students to create a 3D letter effect.
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6. Identity Maps
Have your students tap into their identity by expressing it in map form. They can either make their drawing into grid sections or they can create their own islands. This is one of the art activity ideas that can be connected back to their cultures, families, and heritages.
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7. 3D Color Wheel
These 3D color wheels are a cool craft with paper plates that can have endless possibilities for applications. This activity will make your color theory lesson come to life and give students a hands-on learning experience they will not forget any time soon.
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8. Crazy Hair Day
Send your students to the salon as they design their own crazy hair day artwork. They can experiment with color as they work on their backgrounds. They can learn about the line as well as form as they fill in their hair. The teacher or assistant can print out their pictures.
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9. Jenga Perspective
This 7th grade art idea will teach your students about perspective by incorporating movies and games they love. By integrating topics the students are interested in, you will allow them to develop a new love and appreciation for art as they create their own masterpieces.
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10. Pop Art Portraits
This conceptual portrait project will allow your students to create one-of-a-kind, unique pieces of artwork drawing on art history. They can engage in color exploration by filling in self-portraits using this technique.
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11. Tint and Shade Landscapes
Whether you assign your students to work with a specific color scheme or they choose their own, they will learn about mixing tints and working with shading to create these landscapes. Tempera paint and paper are all that are needed to achieve this effect.
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12. Crazy Line Silhouettes
This variation on traditional portrait drawing will teach your 7th graders to work with balance and negative space. They can draw themselves in various poses or do certain activities. They can create black and white designs or fill in the background with an array of colors.
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13. Picasso Relief Portraits
Including this cardboard relief portrait craft in your next art history lesson will allow students to connect to the past. The teacher can either collect cardboard throughout the year or students can bring in cardboard from home to complete this assignment.
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14. Fantasy Tree Houses
This activity will benefit middle schoolers of any age. They will learn about perspective by drawing everyday objects. This is an especially fun project because students will design their fantasy treehouse by including their favorite colors and objects.
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15. Zentangle Tree
Students will learn about warm and cool colors as well as a composition by creating these zentangle trees. They can fill in the bark of the tree using including a few different designs of their choosing.
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Inspire your 7th graders to showcase their creative sides by assigning them some of these projects. These activities give students a low entry point since every student has their own level of comfortability with producing artwork. These ideas can be adapted to your students’ needs. They also can be integrated into other subjects or other units of study.
Your students will enjoy creating as they learn about elements of art and design. These activities can also enhance your next lesson about art history since they tie in many famous artists and famous works from the past. Your students will have fun!