Silhouette Painting Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students the basics of silhouette painting with this lesson plan. Students will read an informational text describing the genre and prominent artists, play a comprehension game, then work on perfecting the art themselves.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'silhouette painting'
  • describe how silhouettes are made
  • discuss silhouette artists and their work
  • create a silhouette painting

Length

45 minutes for core lesson plus one to two hours for hands-on activity

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

Materials

Key Vocabulary

  • Silhouette
  • Silhouette chair
  • Pantograph
  • Physionotrace
  • Isabella Beetham
  • John Miers
  • Otto Bohler

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