Stippling Art Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about the art of stippling with the help of this lesson plan. Students will read a lesson plan detailing techniques, materials, and process used, then view and analyze the use of stippling in famous works before giving it a try in a hands-on activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'stippling' in art
  • explain the techniques, materials, and process used in stippling
  • demonstrate understanding of stippling in original creations


50 minutes for lesson plus time for application activity


Key Vocabulary

  • Stippling
  • Positive and negative space
  • Fine-point pen
  • Graphite
  • Pointillism

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.2

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.

  • 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.


  • Divide students into small groups and give each group an image that uses stippling.
  • Instruct each group to analyze the work, noting characteristics such as content, technique, and style.
  • When finished, have groups share their work and analysis, then compare common characteristics, leading students to noticing the use of the stippling technique.
  • Define stippling, then ask groups to take a new look at their work paying close attention to this technique.
  • Now have groups share and discuss how stippling is used in their piece with the whole class. Ask them to determine how the artist made the work and what tools were used.
  • Label the board 'Stippling' and create subtitles 'Technique,' 'Tools,' and 'Process.'

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