Art projects can take a lot of time to prepare. Many of them require a lot of materials, and sometimes you just don’t have time to hit the craft store on your way home. If you want your children to learn more about art history in the classroom, you don’t have to prepare a whole lot to make it happen! These five no-prep art history projects are perfect for a homeschool classroom, and many of them can supplement your lesson plans!
Take a trip to an art museum
A trip to the art museum is a great no-prep way to be able to learn about art history and then do a report or another project on the art there! Many museums offer guided tours and other resources that you can use to show your students art in a museum setting. You can have your students choose an artist they saw for a report, do a piece inspired by that artist, and so many other projects!
Create pantry pop art
You can raid your pantry for tons of great art supplies for a last-minute project! Pop art and mixed media art are both great pieces to study on short notice. Have your students gather supplies from the pantry to create pop art using just the items they have available. This will add an extra challenge to the piece, and make it an easy no prep option!
Frida Kahlo inspired portraits
Frida Kahlo is one of the most well-known artists for her famous self-portrait. To this day, you can still find a ton of information online and even other artists inspired by her work. If you want to have a really hands-on art history project, have your students create a self-portrait inspired by her art style. You can then have them present to the class and talk about why they made decisions in their paintings.
Paint your dreams like a surrealist artist
Many famous surrealist artists made their living by painting pictures from their dreams. If you are looking for a great way to start the day with little to no prep work, have your students paint their dreams! This is a great way to study surrealist art, and practice the art of painting! Since everyone has had a dream at some point, the possibilities are really endless here.
Create your own Monet inspired landscapes
Monet created many beautiful landscapes, and your students can create landscapes too! Have them create a landscape inspired by Monet’s work, and then talk about the place from the painting. This is also a great way to really capture the story behind the painting instead of just painting a landscape.
These art history projects are a great way to go beyond a lecture and do something fun and artistic. While not all of these options will be possible for everyone, many of them could work as a great no-prep art history project for your classroom. I hope these art history projects have helped you prepare some really fun and exciting projects for your classroom, without hours of prep work involved!