Photorealism Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

In this lesson plan, an informational text is used to explain elements of photorealism, the artists and movement. Students will use the text, view and analyze samples, discuss artists and create their own piece of photorealism.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'photorealism'
  • explain the goal of photorealism
  • view, discuss and analyze work by photorealist artists


1 hour for core lesson, plus two or three class periods to create photorealist work

Curriculum Standards

  • 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.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1.d

Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarize points of agreement and disagreement, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views and understanding and make new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented.


  • Copies of the lesson Photorealism: Definition & Artists, one for each student
  • Images from artists Audrey Flack, John Baeder, Ralph Goings and Tom Blackwell
  • Magazines
  • Canvas
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Water

Key Vocabulary

  • Photorealism
  • Audrey Flack
  • John Baeder
  • Ralph Goings
  • Tom Blackwell

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Write the word 'Photorealism' on the board and ask students to infer the meaning. What do they think this genre may be?
  • Give students time to think and reason aloud in small groups, then share their answers as a whole class.
  • Define 'Photorealism' and tell students they will be working on this type of art.

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