Louise Nevelson Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about abstract sculpture artist Louise Nevelson using this lesson plan. Students read about her early life and work as an artist, then view and analyze images of her art. Finally, students get creative, mimicking her techniques in their work.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the life and work of Louise Nevelson
  • describe techniques used by Louise Nevelson
  • analyze work by Louise Nevelson
  • apply understanding of technique in artistic work


  • 1 hour plus additional studio time to complete project


  • Images of work by Louise Nevelson
  • Clay
  • Cardboard boxes of varying sizes (students can contribute to increase variety and quantity)
  • Glue
  • Tools for cutting and shaping clay
  • Various objects to use in sculptures
  • Paint, brushes, and canvas
  • Copies of the lesson Artist Louise Nevelson: Sculptures & Paintings, one for each student

Key Vocabulary

  • Art Students League of New York
  • Cubism
  • Objets trouves
  • Artist retrospective

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.

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