Russian Art Lesson Plan

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

This lesson introduces students to the history of Russian art. Students will create a timeline of Russian art over the centuries. Then, they will choose a piece of Russian art as an inspiration for a piece that they will create. Students will then write a paragraph connecting their new creation with the Russian piece.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify examples of Russian art
  • Describe different styles and movements in Russian art.
  • Describe the changes in Russian art over the centuries.

Length

2+ hours (plus additional time for extension activity)

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).

Materials

  • Pictures of Russian art
  • Poster board
  • Art supplies (markers, pens, pencils, construction paper, paint, clay, etc.)
  • Access to computer or copier to print pictures of Russian art (optional)
  • Copies of the lesson and/or lesson quiz (optional)

Instruction

  • Show the students examples of Russian art from different periods of time. Ask the class to discuss the art and try to guess what the pieces have in common.
  • Tell the students that all of the art is from Russian artists.
  • Review the lesson Russian Art: History, Movements & Facts with the class online or using paper copies of the lesson.
  • Discuss the following questions:
    • Russian artists became masters of what form of art around 988 CE? What icons did it depict?
    • Who was one of the most famous Russian icon painters?
    • What event changed the focus of Russian art from religious to include secular subjects?
    • In the mid-18th century, what academy was founded? What was its impact on Russian art?
    • What style of art was popular in Russia during the 18th century?
    • What style of art was popular in Russia during the 19th century?
    • In the 20th century, what style of art became popular in Russia?
    • What was the Futurist movement? What did it become in Russia?
    • What was Suprematist art?
    • After the 1920s, what types of art were popular in Russia?
    • Name some famous Russian art pieces. What styles of art did they incorporate?
    • Describe the change in what styles of art were popular in Russia over the centuries.
  • Check for understanding by having the students complete the lesson quiz online or using paper copies.

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