MIXED MEDIA Art Project – Middle School Visual Art – High School Painting Lesson



This middle or high school art lesson is a mixed media art project using collage and painting. It contains:


  • A presentation in both Google Slides and PowerPoint format with video demonstrations.
  • A PDF that students can scan and see presentations from their own devices even if they do not upload them to Google Classroom.
  • A brainstorm worksheet for a travel theme.
  • A positive-negative space worksheet.
  • A color mixing worksheet.
  • Reference images of bicycles to draw from.
  • Viewfinders to crop images
  • Teacher instructions.


This project was inspired by the current working artist Leslie DeRose, She creates unique negative space images of bicycles over maps and relics unique to the location. She combines painting and collage to reflect different locations and points of interest.

The PowerPoint contains photos of her work along with student examples. This project encourages students to reflect and express the essence of a place they would like to travel to. It guides them to understand how artists use the elements and principles of art to capture the feeling of an experience. They learn how to see and draw negative space as well as positive space. They explore creating different shades and values of color in paint.


Need an Easy to Follow Art Sub Plan?

The included worksheets work great as sub plans, and early finisher assignments, for students on home instruction or in ISS. They are easy to follow with the linked videos and are easy for substitute teachers or self-directed learning when the art teacher is unavailable.


All of my lessons can be shared with your students through Google Classroom or any digital platform and are formatted to work for distance learning or in the classroom. They are designed to save you time and help your students access the tutorials, presentations, videos, or worksheets as easily as possible. You can find more ready-to-go, easy-to-follow, time-saving art lessons in my RESOURCE SHOP.


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MIXED MEDIA Art Project – Middle School Visual Art – High School Painting Lesson