Charles Demuth Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about artist Charles Demuth. Students will read a text lesson that provides a biography of Demuth and guides analysis of his work. Students apply learning to their own artwork and take a quiz to check understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • provide a biography of Charles Demuth
  • analyze work by Demuth
  • describe Precisionism and demonstrate understanding by creating an original piece


50 minutes for lesson plus time for painting


Key Vocabulary

  • Charles Demuth
  • Precisionism

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.2

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.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.3

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

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.4

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 each student a piece from the prepared Demuth paintings and instruct them to stand and find others in the class with pieces of the same painting, putting them together like a puzzle.
  • When groups have their images together, allow them to tape to secure.
  • Now, ask them to analyze the painting, noticing aspects such as use of color, light, shapes, and subject matter.
  • Discuss these aspects as a whole class. Ask if students know the artist, then let them know the work is by Charles Demuth.

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