Lesson Plan

Neighborhood Paintings

Discussing community with your class? Your students will practice their painting skills while making the places they love in their neighborhood.
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Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Paint pictures expressing ideas about their neighborhood.
  • Discuss their work and the work of others with constructive feedback.

This art lesson corresponds to California Visual and Performing Arts Standards:

  • 2.4 Paint pictures expressing ideas about family and neighborhood.
  • 4.1 Discuss their own works of art, using appropriate art vocabulary (e.g., color, shape/form, texture).
  • 4.3 Discuss how and why they made a specific work of art.


(5 minutes)
  • Tell students that today we will make a painting of a place in our neighborhood. It can be any place you choose, including your house.
  • Briefly define community with students.
  • Have students brainstorm different community places in pairs, then share out to the whole class. Write their ideas on the board to reference.