Paul Cezanne Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about artist Paul Cezanne with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that provides a biography of his life and explains his style of work. They will then analyze and study his work before trying the technique on their own.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • provide a biography of Paul Cezanne's life
  • analyze work by Paul Cezanne
  • create art using the style of Cezanne


50 minutes for the lesson plus time for application


  • Copies of works by Paul Cezanne, including one of his self-portraits
  • Copies of the text lesson Paul Cezanne: Biography & Artwork, one for each student
  • Paint
  • Brushes
  • Canvas

Key Vocabulary

  • Paul Cezanne
  • Impressionist

Curriculum Standards


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.


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


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

  • Break students into small groups and distribute or display a copy of Paul Cezanne's self-portrait.
  • Ask groups to analyze the painting, asking 'Who was Paul Cezanne?'
  • Instruct groups to hypothesize about Cezanne, guessing his style, time-frame for his work, and possible life situation.
  • Share ideas as a whole group, asking students to support their reasoning.


  • Distribute the text lesson Paul Cezanne: Biography & Artwork and read the first section, 'The Life of Paul Cezanne,' with students.
  • Ask students to meet with their groups to reframe their answer to the question 'Who was Paul Cezanne?'
  • Now instruct groups to take a closer look at his self-portrait, analyzing it with new information about his life. What ideas have changed?
  • Read 'Cezanne's Artwork' with students, displaying each painting and analyzing alongside the lesson.
  • Discuss:
    • What elements of Impressionism do you see in Cezanne's paintings?
    • Where do you see evidence that Cezanne painted the sum of the shapes he saw?
    • How does Cezanne use color to create depth?
  • Give each small group a new Cezanne painting and ask them to analyze, looking for the use of colors and lines as discussed in the lesson.
  • Have groups share their work and analyses when finished.
  • Take the quiz as a formative assessment.

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