Art Nouveau Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What are the hallmarks of the Art Nouveau style? This lesson plan is based on an instructional text lesson. An activity links students to the content with a tangible take-away.


1.5 to 2 hours

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'Art Nouveau'
  • outline the history and significance of the Art Nouveau style
  • list key elements of the Art Nouveau genre

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.


Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).


  • Several images that represent Art Nouveau
  • Paper copies of the text lesson Art Nouveau: Architecture & Design
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson
  • Drawing paper
  • Fine-tipped markers


  • Display the images reflecting examples of Art Nouveau for the class.
    • What stands out in these images?
    • Do the examples share any common elements?
  • Pass out the paper copies of the text lesson to the class now, one per student.
  • Instruct the class to read the introduction and 'Definition of Art Nouveau' section of the text lesson.
    • Can you identify the Art Nouveau idea of 'form follows function' in any of the examples on display?
    • What elements of style emerge in the style of Art Nouveau?
  • Have the class read the rest of the text lesson now.
    • Has anyone seen examples of Art Nouveau outside of this classroom? If so, please share.
  • Pass out the worksheet and have students work independently to complete it.
  • Review each question and answer on the worksheet with the class now, allowing students to make corrections to their papers as needed.

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