The Process of Planning a Painting

Lesson Plan, Grades 5-12, Art, Art History, Painting


Lesson Plan and Artwork by Edwin Leary 

This lesson plan explores painting a representational subject using a process method. This method directs the student through the basic thought and executional process. 


  • Students will create a painting starting with an expression of an idea through mood or subject. 
  • Students will use a planned method to structure out the painting process.
  • Students will use a variety of brush strokes to create a representational subject painting.
  • Students will experiment with color mixing to create a desired palette.

Supplies Needed

Mixed Media Paper, 15 sheets
Premium Tempera Paint, 12 color set
White Konex Brush, set of 6


Standard #2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Standard #3: Define and complete artistic work.
Standard #6: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
Standard #8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
Standard #11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.



Become familiar with the subject matter: building roof lines, perspective, details and colors.


Create a line drawing to familiarize yourself with the composition.


Use the elements of design for the layout of that composition.


Select a color palette using tempera.


Experiment with color mixing to achieve desired results.


Organize the structure of your method. Paint from background images to foreground, larger areas to details.


Select brushes and use a variety of brush strokes with the end result in mind.


Curate (title, name, date)