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Gustave Courbet 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.

Who was Gustave Courbet and what was his legacy in the world of art? This lesson plan uses an informative text lesson to outline his life and career for students. A hands-on activity allows students to channel their inner Courbet.

Learning Objectives

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

  • summarize the life and career of Gustave Courbet
  • list key works by Gustave Courbet
  • explain the themes that exist in the work of Gustave Courbet

Length

1.5 to 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.3

Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks; analyze the specific results based on explanations in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 11-12 texts and topics.

Materials

  • Examples of the artwork of Gustave Courbet
  • Paper copies of the text lesson Gustave Courbet: Artwork & Biography
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson
  • Oversized, heavyweight white paper
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrushes

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