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Amazing Visual Art Unit Plans (NEW Resources)

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A few years back, I had a teaching partner who was an amazing artist. She kindly offered to do the legwork for our year level Visual Art unit plans, and she would frequently put me to shame with her beautiful lesson demonstrations. I repaid her with lesson prep and other planning duties, but I will never forget how grateful I was to have someone’s help to plan what, for me, was a tricky topic.

If you’re like me and you would love a helping hand when it comes to teaching Visual Art, look no further! We’ve developed some amazing Visual Art unit plans for Lower, Middle and Upper Primary to help make your art lessons fun, easy, and above all – educational.


Curriculum-Aligned Visual Art Unit Plans

These fun-filled unit plans are exactly what you need to tick off some of those Visual Art curriculum codes. Simply check each lesson for its corresponding code, and you’re all set!

These unit plans focus on line, shape, form, colour, texture and space. Because all three unit plans have these common themes at different levels, they are accessible for all abilities across the grades.

Featuring hands-on activities, task cards, worksheets, sorting tasks and more, each unit plan contains lessons that can be used sequentially for a full term’s worth of artwork.

Alternatively, dip in and out of the lessons as you like! They can be enjoyed independently as well. There are even mini-assessment pieces for each topic covered.

Visual Art Unit Plans - Art samples

Head on over to the units themselves to see exactly what they include. In the meantime, check out a brief sneak peek below!


Visual Arts Elements Unit – Lower Years

Lower years students are just starting to let their creative juices flow when it comes to art. Help them explore how art relates to ‘self’ and can help to convey feelings and meaning by introducing line, shape and colour.

Explore these themes with fun activities such as the Patterns, Lines and Feelings activity! The Geometric and Organic Shapes lesson will help your students investigate shape. Finally, they’ll head to the final fun assessment piece – exploring colour by creating a Cylinder Sculpture!

Visual Art Unit Plan - create a cylinder sculpture

Some of the other engaging resources featured in this unit plan include:

Image of Patterning Guide Template - Lower

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Patterning Guide Template - Lower

A template to use when learning about line in visual art.

Teach Starter Publishing2 pagesYears: 1 - 2
Image of Origami Animal Faces Worksheet

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Origami Animal Faces Worksheet

A fun art activity to explore shape through the creation of origami animal faces.

Teach Starter Publishing3 pagesYears: 1 - 2
Image of Visual Arts Elements Colour PowerPoint – Lower Years

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Visual Arts Elements Colour PowerPoint – Lower Years

An 18-slide teaching presentation to use when investigating colour in Visual Art.

Teach Starter Publishing18 pagesYears: 1 - 2


Visual Arts Elements Unit – Middle Years

Expand on the concepts covered in the Lower Years unit plan during this engaging unit for Middle Years students! Then, make it even more fun by adding form and texture into the mix.

The 10 lessons featured in this unit plan will give your students all they need to create an inspiring visual arts portfolio. 

Visual Art Unit Plan - Create a clay sculpture

As part of this, your kids will get a little hands-on with a Working with Shape – Organically Abstract Mobile. Next, get their hands dirty with the My Crazy Clay Critter Activity and ultimately reach zen with a Textured Mandala.

Take a look at some more of the fun activities in this unit plan below:

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Art Elements Activity Task Cards

A set of 28 art activity task cards that explore each of the art elements.

Teach Starter Publishing14 pagesYears: 1 - 6
Image of Talkin' Texture Game

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Talkin' Texture Game

A fun game to play when learning about texture.

Teach Starter Publishing4 pagesYears: 3 - 6
Image of Patterning Guide Template - Year 3 and Year 4

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Patterning Guide Template - Year 3 and Year 4

A template to use when learning about line in visual art.

Teach Starter Publishing2 pagesYears: 2 - 5


Visual Arts Elements Unit – Upper Years

Upper Years classes will bring all their knowledge of visual art together in this unit! Enjoy 12 lessons that explore elements of line, shape, form, colour, texture and space.

Now that your students are a bit older, they can let their personalities really shine through their artwork. Let them express their inner-selves with the Masked in Mystery Activity – these will make an impressive display in your classroom!

Show off your students’ fine motor skills with the Plumping It Up Activity, before they finish off their portfolio with a Balancing Act.

Visual Art unit plan - masks

Want to see what other pleasing artwork your Upper Years Picasso’s can create? Check out some other resources featured in this unit plan:

Image of Line and Feelings Sorting Activity - Year 3 to Year 6

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Line and Feelings Sorting Activity - Year 3 to Year 6

A fun sorting activity for students to explore interpretation of line in visual art.

Teach Starter Publishing5 pagesYears: 3 - 6
Image of IMPRESSive Imprints Activity

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IMPRESSive Imprints Activity

A fun art activity to explore texture.

Teach Starter Publishing3 pagesYears: 4 - 6
Image of Balancing Act Activity

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Balancing Act Activity

A fun art activity to explore positive and negative space.

Teach Starter Publishing4 pagesYears: 4 - 6
Image of Organic Shape Search Worksheet

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Organic Shape Search Worksheet

A fun art activity to explore organic shape.

Teach Starter Publishing2 pagesYears: 3 - 6


Let our experienced resource creators make teaching art easy with these Visual Art Unit Plans!

These plans and more are available as part of our Visual Arts Learning Area.

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