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Lesson Plans

Inspire Creativity with Derwent Lesson Plans 

We recognize that one of your primary goals as an educator is to inspire artistic growth in young artists. To support art instruction in your classroom, we have curated engaging and informative art lesson plans just for you.

Bookmarks with bouquet of flowers

Bouquet of Bookmarks

Create delightful, handcrafted bookmarks while learning a variety of wash techniques using Derwent Inktense pencils.

Derwent Spotlight: Inktense Pencils

Grade Level: 7-12

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Sculpture drawing next to Graphitint pencils in tin case

Drawing Sculptures

Students will work with Derwent Graphitint to refine their use of values and shading by drawing monochromatic sculptures from either a photo or real-life sculpture.

Derwent Spotlight: Graphitint Pencils

Grade Level: 5-12

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Colourful geometric art design with Derwent Inktense blocks laying on top

Faux Batik

Explore the beauty of batik fabric without the mess of dyes or the danger of hot wax. Simply trace a design onto fabric with glue and add vibrant permanent colour with Derwent Inktense blocks.

Derwent Spotlight: Inktense Blocks

Grade Level: 5-12

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Bottle caps with intricate paintings on them laying next to Derwent Inktense pencils

Miniature Bottle Cap Paintings 

Transform an ordinary bottle cap into a beautiful piece of art that can be used as a magnet, pin, picture frame, or even jewelry.

Derwent Spotlight: Inktense Pencils

Grade Level: 3-12

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Fossil drawing surrounded by Derwent Graphitint pencils

Making Fossils

Bring the natural world into the classroom! Create the look of textured stone fossils with Derwent Graphitint, a unique blend of watersoluble graphite with a hint of colour for dramatic tonal work.

Derwent Spotlight: Graphitint Pencils

Grade Level: 3-12

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Seaside painting surrounded by Derwent Graphitint pencils

New England Seaside

Capture the muted beauty of the New England coast with Derwent Graphitint. The unique formulation of watercolour pencil pigments and graphite is the perfect tool to explore a variety of techniques such as wash, layering, and texturing.

Derwent Spotlight: Graphitint Pencils

Grade Level: 9-12

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Block print of parrot next to carved stamp used to create the print

Stamp Art 

Discover the art of block printing with this introduction to creating custom carved stamps. The vibrant colours of Derwent Inktense blocks make beautiful print cards, posters, or invitations.

Derwent Spotlight: Inktense Blocks

Grade Level: 9-12

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Colourful artwork next to Derwent Inktense blocks

Neurographic Art

Students will be introduced to a meditative approach to art through the work of Russian psychologist Pavel Piskarev, transforming stress into imaginative masterpieces.

Derwent Spotlight: Inktense Blocks

Grade Level: 5-12

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Various textured designs on paper next to Derwent Inktense blocks

Texture Everywhere

Texture is all around us. Gain awareness of patterns and textures in the everyday by learning to transfer pattern to paper by rubbing with a colour medium.

Derwent Spotlight: Inktense Blocks

Grade Level: 3-12

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Predatory bird painting next to open tin of Graphitint pencils

Bird in Graphitint

Explore values and textures found in nature by painting with watersoluble Derwent Graphitint, a wonderful way to practice the transition from graphite drawing to painting.

Derwent Spotlight: Graphitint Pencils

Grade Level: 9-12

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Still life drawing of fruit and pitcher next to Inktense pencils in a mason jar

Grisaille Still Life

Gain a better understanding of values and colour by using greyscale or “Grisaille” to produce a realistic still life drawing.

Derwent Spotlight: Inktense Pencils

Grade Level: 9-12

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Fishbowl drawing on an easel next to Inktense pencils in a mason jar

Irresistible Inktense Fishbowl

Inspire creativity with these charming fishbowl drawings which use white crayon to play with wax resist.

Derwent Spotlight: Inktense Pencils

Grade Level: 9-12

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Painted poster with blue and yellow trumpets and the words Jazz Fest

Watch Modern Art Music Poster 

This fun, energetic lesson brings music into the classroom! Use the Derwent Line and Wash Paint Pan Set to practice contour and overlay techniques, creating artistic music posters.

Derwent Spotlight: Line and Wash Paint Pan Set

Grade Level: 6-12

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Landscape painting showcasing blending and layering

Dream a Little Dreamy Landscape 

Create a dreamy, painterly landscape using Derwent Inktense blocks to experiment with blending and layering techniques.

Derwent Spotlight: XL Graphite Blocks

Grade Level: 6-12

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Still life drawing of mushrooms in red tones

Vibrant Still Life 

Art does not always require a varied colour palette to be vibrant. Discover how to draw a monochromatic still life that is rich in colour and texture.

Derwent Spotlight: Inktense Pencils

Grade Level: 7-12

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Outline painting of flowers and hummingbird with shadows to give depth

Shadow Play with Matisse Cutouts 

Inspired by famous artist Henri Matisse, experiment with light, shadows, and cutouts to create beautiful paintings using vibrant Derwent Inktense and muted colour paints to wash over permanent linework.

Derwent Spotlight: Line and Wash Paint Pan Set

Grade Level: 3-12

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