Spanish Art & Artists Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Throughout history, Spanish artists have represented their culture through unique artwork that endures. This lesson plan integrates a video lesson to present famous Spanish artists. An activity creates a mock gallery to celebrate five famous Spanish artists.

Learning Objectives

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

  • List examples of famous Spanish artists from the 16th through the 20th centuries
  • Describe the unique artistic styles of El Greco, Francisco de Goya, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí


60 to 120 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.


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.


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.


  • Assorted printed full color images showing examples of art created by El Greco, Goya, Picasso, Miró or Dalí.
  • Paper copies of the worksheet from the associated video lesson
  • Five trifold project boards
  • Markers
  • Glue


  • Begin by displaying the examples of Spanish art for the class.
    • Can you identify any common elements among the examples on display in the classroom?
    • How would you describe the art?
  • Play the video lesson Famous Spanish Artists for the class, pausing it at 0:44.
  • Write the following terms on the board for the class: 'artistas famosos' and 'estilos artísticos'.
  • Review the meaning of each term with the class as you explain that all of the examples on display were created by famous Spanish artists.
  • Before playing the remainder of the video lesson for the class, ask students to take out a sheet of paper and a pencil to make note of each Spanish artist presented in the video lesson.
  • When the video has played in its entirety, ask students to count the number of Spanish artists they have noted on their sheets.
    • How many artists do you have listed?
  • Briefly review each artist mentioned in the video lesson with the class as you call attention to the hallmarks of his or her unique style, listing each on the board for the class to see.
  • Have students take another look at the images on display in the classroom, using their notes, tell them to guess the artists who created each piece.

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