Haitian Art Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Sailus

Chris has an M.A. in history and taught university and high school history.

Help students explore the history of Haitian art with help from this lesson plan. Students will collaboratively analyze examples of various styles of Haitian art before they attempt to create their very own Haitian-inspired work of art.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • outline the basic history of Haitian art
  • identify the different styles of Haitian art


50 minutes


  • Print-outs of sample Haitian art pieces, 2-3 pictures each of the three different types of Haitian art (works of Déjoie, voodoo art such as those by Hyppolite, and Haitian metal art or sequin flags)
  • Watercolor paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Stiff paper appropriate for watercolor painting
  • Map of the Caribbean or world for whole-class viewing
  • Paper copies of the text lesson Haitian Art: History, Style & Facts
  • Paper copies of the lesson's associated quiz

Key Vocabulary

At the conclusion of this lesson, students should be able to identify and define the following vocabulary terms:

  • Haitian art
  • naïve or outsider art
  • Haitian metal art
  • Hector Hippolyte
  • sequined voodoo flags

Curriculum Standards


Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.


Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

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