Visual Arts: Making Beaded Bracelets

Lesson Plan: Making Beaded Bracelets
Grade level: 4-12
Duration: 1-2 class periods
Media Type: wire, beads
National Standards for Visual Arts: (see bottom of page)
Objectives: To create a wire bracelet incorporating ideas learned from local and/or regional jewelry artists.

(website for help with writing rubrics)


4 - Standards are exceeded
3 - Standards are met
2 - Standards may be met at a very low quality or with some exceptions
1 - Standards are not met

Vocabulary (Visual Arts Elements/Principles):

  • color
  • shape
  • line
  • texture
  • balance
  • unity
  • proportion
  • form
  • value
  • space
  • contrast
  • emphasis
  • movement
  • pattern
  • rhythm

Materials and Procedure:

Day 1:
Discuss the creation of jewelry as an art form. Ask students; “What do you know about jewelry making?” “Do you know any jewelry artists?” “Have you ever made any of your own jewelry?” “What types of materials can we make jewelry from?” Show examples of different types of handmade jewelry via true examples or images of (jewelry artist websites listed below).

Show the following PlayList video about jewelry artist Michelle Ronning: (4:10)

Discussion Questions:

“What do you see?” “How does this artwork make you feel?” “What was the artist trying to show you?”

Start beaded bracelet process. See tutorial link. It can be very helpful to print the tutorial and give to students who need visual directions at their desk/table for reference. Encourage students who understand the process quicker to help their peers.

Link to steps in bracelet making process:

Make materials available to students (wire, glass beads, wooden beads, buttons, etc.)

Day 2:
Show students how to finish a bracelet by creating the finishing clasp. Pliers are useful for this part of the process. Depending on materials available, students may create more than one beaded bracelet and use varying materials for each completed work.




National Standards for Visual Arts:

Sample National Visual Arts Standards: More could be covered. See link above.

VA:Cr2.1.6a: Demonstrate openness in trying new ideas, materials, methods, and approaches in making works of art and design.
VA:Cr3.1.6a: Reflect on whether personal artwork conveys the intended meaning and revise accordingly.
VA:Cr1.1.Ia: Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.
VA:Cr1.2.6a: Formulate an artistic investigation of personally relevant content for creating art.

Funding for this program is provided by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Click here for more information or visit the Minnesota Legacy website.

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