Arthur Dove Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about artist Arthur Dove. Students will read a text lesson that provides a biography of his life and work. Students will then analyze his paintings and technique before participating in a hands-on application activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • provide a biography of Arthur Dove
  • analyze Dove's paintings


1 hour for lesson plus time for application


  • Copies of the text lesson Arthur Dove: Paintings & Biography, one for each student
  • Images of paintings by Arthur Dove to include some of his collage works
  • Paper
  • Colored pencils
  • Music
  • Variety of found materials for collages
  • Poster board or cardboard
  • Glue
  • Paint

Key Vocabulary

  • Impressionism
  • Fauvism
  • Abstract
  • Essence
  • Collage
  • Found materials

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.

Warm Up

  • Give students five minutes to journal to the question 'Do paintings always have to look like something?'
  • When finished, divide students into partner pairs and have them discuss their answers, then discuss as a whole group. Ask:
    • Have you ever thought about music in terms of color and shape?
    • What would music look like if it were a color or shape?
  • Give students paper and colored pencils and play some music. Instruct them to represent the music in colors and shapes.
  • Divide students into small groups and have them share their drawings, explaining their representations.

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