Student artists learn to recognize shapes and types of lines as they design and draw their own superheroes.

They begin by creating a book that tells the backstory of their superhero using their choice of drawing, writing, or a combination. They then move on to drawing and watercoloring their superhero.

Piper Bloom

5th Grade

Scope & Sequence:

Lesson 1: In this lesson, student artists are introduced to the basic characteristics of superheroes, as well as understanding that each superhero had his or her own unique backstory. Student artists brainstorm & generate a backstory for a unique superhero by creating a zine. They leave the cover blank for future lessons.

Lesson 2: In this lesson, student artists learn about line and shape, and create silhouettes of their superhero on their zine’s cover.

Lesson 3: In this lesson, students look at how artists help to define their character through the details in their character’s costume. They then create their own details that reflect their superhero’s backstory.

Lesson 4: A second day for adding details

Lesson 5: Students complete their covers with watercolor.

Lesson 6: Optional. a final day for finishing.

(you can preview the first lesson in a project without enrolling by clicking on ‘lesson 1’ above).


The above will take you to a supply list that assumes a class size of 30. Adjust according to your needs. 

Books & Media:
Optional: 5-Minute Marvel Stories and/or old comics for early finishers

Art Elements: 

Line, Shape/Form, Space/Perspective


Art Principles: 

Proportion/Scale, Balance, Emphasis


National Core Visual Art Standards:

VA:Cr1.2.3a, VA:Cr2.1.4a, VA:Cr2.1.5a, VA:Cr3.1.3, VA:Cr3.1.5a, VA:Re.7.2.3a,  VA:Re.7.1.5a, VA:Re.7.2.4a


Language arts & writing (reading and developing stories)


Common Core Standards: 

RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.7, RL.5.7, RL.4.9, RL.5.9, W.4.3, W.5.3, W.6.3, W.4.3b, W.5.3b, SL.4.1b, SL.5.1b, SL.4.1c, SL.5.1c

Enroll & Stream for Free


Enroll in the course & stream the content for free. 

Enroll + Add Printable Lesson Plans

Suggested price: $4.99

Enroll in the course + access printable lesson plans in your artroom .

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Navigation tip: when you first go through the project, you must hit the 'mark complete' button, at the bottom of the page, to unlock the next lesson. After 'mark complete' has been hit, you've unlocked that lesson, and you can then use the sidebar to easily click to different lessons within the project (helpful if you are working through the project with more than one class).

Why do I need to hit mark complete? Certain lessons have email triggers (such as teaching tips when there is a painting lesson), and this helps us know when to send them. It also helps us track completion rates.

Our art projects are free. To access them: 

1. Enroll in any course with your email

2. Access courses you are enrolled in through your personal 'Artroom' at the top of the page.

Terms of use: We are a non-profit, and the materials made available for download are freely available for anyone to use, adapt and share (with attribution), but no one is permitted to sell either the original program, an adaptation of it, or lesson plans that reproduce any part of it.

Affiliate Links: On the pages, you may find affiliate links to art supplies, books, and misc materials. We encourage you to use these, as we do make a small percentage off of them, and by doing so you support our mission. More, we link to products that are expert-recommended; for our supplies, art teachers have helped us choose the most effective brands to use. For our books, literacy consultants have vetted our selection.