Jim Dine Art Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Educate your students about pop artist Jim Dine with this helpful lesson plan. They will read a text lesson, take a related follow-up quiz, and participate in a fun hands-on activity to solidify new concepts.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson, your students will be able to:

  • Describe the early career choices of artist Jim Dine
  • Explain some of his well-known printmaking techniques
  • Name some of the sculptures from his later period


1 - 1.5 Hours


  • Colored markers
  • Construction paper
  • Copy of the text lesson Jim Dine: Art, Techniques & Biography along with the related Lesson Quiz
  • Copies or access to internet images of some of Jim Dine's artwork that represent the 3 main motifs of hearts, tools, and bathrobes
  • Internet access
  • Paints and paintbrushes (optional)

Curriculum Standards

  • Please note that each state has different standards for art. Please consult your state's standards to ensure proper alignment.


  • Inform your students they will be learning about pop artist Jim Dine.
  • Ask them if anyone is familiar with the artist, or any of his works.
  • Pass out copies of the text lesson Jim Dine: Art, Techniques & Biography.
  • Read the introduction and the first section 'Jim Dine's Beginnings.'
    • Where was Dine born, where has he studied art, and what are some of the forms of art mediums he has tried?
    • What artistic group was he involved with, and what was the group's specialty?
  • Now, read the section 'Printmaking.'
    • What common recurring motifs have appeared in Dine's works?
    • How do the techniques of woodcutting, etching, and drypoint differ?
  • Next, read the section 'Sculptures.'
    • What are two of Dine's most famous sculptures, and what are their themes?
  • Lastly, read the section 'Lesson Summary.'
  • Spend a few minutes reviewing samples of Jim Dine's artwork. Allow students to identify the motifs he is famous for. Ask students to try and guess at the meanings behind certain paintings.
  • Review the lesson in its entirety, and ask your students if they have any questions.
  • Have your students take the Lesson Quiz to demonstrate their grasp of the new material about Jim Dine.

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