Lord of the Rings and Art

his art integrated course is for those students who enjoy reading and sharing their experiences artistically.  

Over the course of the year, students will read each of the books in the “Lord of the Rings” series by J.R.R. Tolkien and will respond artistically to the assigned chapters. 

  The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King


Class Time:

  1. Greetings.
  2. Share visual journal entries and projects from the previous week and connections with the assigned chapters.
  3. Share “Stars”
  4. Short drawing assignment.
  5. Introduction to the new artist of the week.
  6. Discussion on art project ideas.
  7. Q/A Time
  8. Mrs. G.  will read aloud for the remainder of the class to get students started on the next chapters.


  1. Read Assigned Chapters.
  2. Keep a Visual Journal with at least one entry per week.
  3. Complete short drawing assignment
  4. Choose one part of the reading to respond to artistically.  
  5. Create an artistic response and post it to the classroom Padlet with a short explanation of the connection to what was read for the week.
  6. Give yourself “A Wish and Two Stars” - (One thing you wish you had done differently, two things that you love about your project.)
  7. Give someone else a star.
  8. Be sure to post your work on the classroom Padlet the day BEFORE your class.


  1. Students are encouraged to enjoy reading the novels without having to write papers, or take tests or quizzes.
  2. Students learn to make artistic decisions and are taught to defend them.
  3. Students are encouraged to create strong portfolios for themselves by either digging into one artistic medium/book or experimenting with a variety of artistic mediums based on the artist of the week, or their own desires.  
  4. Students practice responding to their own artwork.
  5. Students practice responding kindly to others' artwork.
  6. Students learn and practice the art of visual journaling.
  7. Students may collaborate or “converse” with other students in the class on the classroom Padlet.
  8. Together we have a lot of fun learning and growing while building an artistic community of like minded students.
  9. Students have the opportunity to be invited to join the Building Brilliant Minds Chapter of the National Art Honor Society for the following year.