Lesson Plans

Sun Valley Museum of Art Classroom Enrichment Program


Arts Integration in the academic classroom.

SVMoA is excited to share our lesson plans with you on how to integrate art into your academic classroom.These lesson plans were initially created for our Classroom Enrichment program. Our program was created to extend the Sun Valley Museum of Art’s educational goals outside of The Museum through arts integration.

The Kennedy Center defines arts integration as an approach to teaching in which students demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both. Embracing art’s innate qualities as a learning and exploratory tool, the Classroom Enrichment Program and these lesson plans meet our goals through arts integration to build student confidence, increase improvisational skills, facilitate opportunities for self-expression, improve problem solving, and develop empathy.

The resources we are providing were designed to support current school curriculum and were developed in collaboration with classroom teachers.

Introduction to our Art Integration Lesson Series

Art Integration Lessons

Lesson Plans

Art Rocks—Earth Science Sculptures

Lesson Category
Lesson Level
8th Grade
Lesson Content
Five 50-minute classes
Students explore earth science, identifying rock types and their characteristics, including luster, formation, location, and density. Sculptures of the rock are created using chicken wire, papier maché, paint, metallic paints, glitter glue, and tissue paper. To conclude the project students, will present their rock and introduce it to the class using a first-person monologue that explains the rock’s “story.”
February 26, 2020

Special Thanks

Institute of Museum and Library Services


This project is made possible by a grant from the US Institute for Museum and Library Services
with additional support from Alan and Wendy Pesky.