Amedeo Modigliani Lesson Plan

Instructor: Jason Lineberger

Jason has 20 years of education experience including 14 years of teaching college literature.

Teach students about Amedeo Modigliani with this lesson plan. Using a text lesson, students will learn about his life as well as his importance in art history. They will then create original works to experiment with his style.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the importance of Modigliani's work in art history.
  • produce a portrait in the style of Modigliani and explain his approach.
  • discuss how Modernism differs from traditional approaches to art.


60 - 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.


  • Copies of the text lesson Amedeo Modigliani: Biography, Art & Quotes, one for each student
  • Copies of the lesson quiz, one for each student
  • Images of portraits by Modigliani
  • Images of portraits by Picasso (or another Modernist painter)
  • Sketch paper/pads and pencils

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