Ch 5: American Artists Lesson Plans & Resources

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Develop entertaining lessons that can give your students a quality understanding of important American artists using the teacher resources in this chapter. These informative lesson plans and complementary lessons can effectively strengthen your curriculum and enhance your instructional methods.

American Artists Lesson Plans & Resources - Chapter Summary

This engaging chapter offers a variety of teacher resources that can help you create fun lessons focused on American artists. Lesson plans offer instructional guidance, learning objectives, activity ideas and other features you can use to bolster your curriculum. Short lessons accompanying the lesson plans can serve as supplemental learning materials in the classroom. This chapter enables you to introduce students to the biographies and works of artists that include:

  • Chuck Close, Jackson Pollock and Grandma Moses
  • Grant Wood, Edward Hopper and Jacob Lawrence
  • Romare Bearden, Winslow Homer and Norman Rockwell
  • Maxfield Parrish and Aaron Douglas

Feel free to follow the lesson plans as presented or choose aspects that you would like to add to your existing lessons. Around-the-clock access to this chapter enables you to plan your lessons when your schedule permits. The ability to view this chapter on any computers, smartphones or tablets lets you easily share the supplemental lessons and practice quizzes with your students.

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  • Class discussion topics: Provides you with discussion questions and topics you can use to engage your students and help them better understand the American artists covered in this chapter
  • Curriculum standards: Helps you align your lesson plans with the latest art education standards
  • Homework and classwork assignments: Offers assignment ideas you can share with your students in the classroom or have them work on at home

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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning American artists lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific American artists topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your American artists class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related American artists lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important American artists concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant American artist-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

28 Lessons in Chapter 5: American Artists Lesson Plans & Resources
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Chuck Close Lesson Plan

1. Chuck Close Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to study and explore the biography, paintings, and photography of Chuck Close. Students will view and analyze his work, read about his life and legacy, and apply his techniques in class.

Chuck Close: Biography, Paintings & Photography

2. Chuck Close: Biography, Paintings & Photography

When you think of modern art, which artists come to mind? Jackson Pollock? Andy Warhol? How about the renowned Chuck Close? This lesson explores the biography, paintings, and photography of Chuck Close.

Jackson Pollock Lesson Plan

3. Jackson Pollock Lesson Plan

Teach your students about Jackson Pollock's life, art style, and body of work with this lesson plan. Students will closely read a lesson about the artist, then put concepts to action with an original art activity.

Jackson Pollock: Art Style, Paintings & Death

4. Jackson Pollock: Art Style, Paintings & Death

Jackson Pollock is one of the most noteworthy artists of the past 100 years; learn more about Pollock, his unique style and work, and his untimely death.

Grandma Moses Lesson Plan

5. Grandma Moses Lesson Plan

If you are discussing various forms of art, specifically primitive art, this lesson plan explores a famous 20th century painter, Grandma Moses. Students will read the lesson, participate in discussion questions, analyze Grandma Moses' famous quotes and take a quiz.

Grandma Moses: Paintings, Biography & Quotes

6. Grandma Moses: Paintings, Biography & Quotes

Grandma Moses was one of the most celebrated American artists of the 20th century. In this lesson, we'll look at her work and see how her unique biography makes her accomplishments that much more incredible.

Norman Rockwell Lesson Plan

7. Norman Rockwell Lesson Plan

Teach your students about artist Norman Rockwell with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that shares his biography, paintings and quotes, then work in groups to analyze and find the story in his paintings. Finish with an activity and quiz.

Norman Rockwell: Paintings, Biography & Quotes

8. Norman Rockwell: Paintings, Biography & Quotes

Norman Rockwell is a household name, but how much do you really know about him? In this lesson, we'll explore the life and career of Norman Rockwell, and examine his legacy on American culture.

Maxfield Parrish Lesson Plan

9. Maxfield Parrish Lesson Plan

Who was Maxfield Parrish and how did he influence the Golden Age of Illustration? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline key points about the life and work of Maxfield Parrish. An activity connects students with the artist's unique style.

Maxfield Parrish: Biography, Paintings & Technique

10. Maxfield Parrish: Biography, Paintings & Technique

Maxfield Parrish was one of the highest paid artists of his time. He combined techniques of the old masters with his own sense of imagination to create a unique style all his own.

Grant Wood Lesson Plan

11. Grant Wood Lesson Plan

How does the art of Grant Wood represent American ideals? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline critical facts about Grant Wood's life and career. An activity creates a deeper connection for students.

American Gothic: Painting, Artist & Meaning

12. American Gothic: Painting, Artist & Meaning

American Gothic is a painting created by Grant Wood in 1930. The meaning of the portrait, which features two solemn-faced individuals, is something that has been debated since its creation.

Edward Hopper Lesson Plan

13. Edward Hopper Lesson Plan

Who was Edward Hopper and how did he make his mark in the art world? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline key facts about his life and work and an activity to solidify understanding.

Edward Hopper: Biography, Paintings & Drawings

14. Edward Hopper: Biography, Paintings & Drawings

In this lesson, learn about American Realist artist Edward Hopper. In 1910s New York, he pursued a career in illustration until he could support himself by painting. Hopper created iconic images exploring American urban life.

Jacob Lawrence Lesson Plan

15. Jacob Lawrence Lesson Plan

Who was Jacob Lawrence and how did he use his artwork as a social statement? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline key points about the artist's life and work. An activity calls attention to Jacob Lawrence's artistic style.

Jacob Lawrence: Biography & Paintings

16. Jacob Lawrence: Biography & Paintings

Where did your ancestors come from? Have you ever wanted to document their experiences in art? Painter Jacob Lawrence did. In this lesson, explore the art and life of this pioneering African American artist.

Romare Bearden Lesson Plan

17. Romare Bearden Lesson Plan

Romare Bearden is an artist most known for collages depicting African American culture and community. In this lesson, students will learn about Bearden's life, his major works, and they will imitate his style in a hands-on activity.

Romare Bearden: Biography & Artwork

18. Romare Bearden: Biography & Artwork

Romare Bearden was an American artist who is best known for his cartoons, oils, and collages. His work was influenced by abstract artists and the African American community. In this lesson, we will look at his life and his artwork.

Aaron Douglas Lesson Plan

19. Aaron Douglas Lesson Plan

Who was Aaron Douglas and what was his role in the Harlem Renaissance? This lesson plan uses an engaging text lesson to outline key facts about the artist's life and work. An activity connects students with the unique style of Aaron Douglas.

Aaron Douglas, Artist: Biography & Art

20. Aaron Douglas, Artist: Biography & Art

Aaron Douglas was one of the most influential artists of the Harlem Renaissance. In this lesson, we're going to explore his life and style, and see how he impacted American art.

Winslow Homer Lesson Plan

21. Winslow Homer Lesson Plan

Who was Winslow Homer and how did he contribute to the American art scene? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to establish a knowledge base for students, and an activity connects students to Winslow Homer's unique artistic style.

Winslow Homer: Paintings, Facts & Biography

22. Winslow Homer: Paintings, Facts & Biography

In this lesson we will explore the life and work of Winslow Homer, who is considered one of the best American artists of the nineteenth century. He is recognized for his rural landscapes and best known for his seascapes.

William Steig Lesson Plan

23. William Steig Lesson Plan

Educate your students about author William Steig with this informative lesson plan. They will study a text lesson, take a related quiz that follows up, and participate in hands-on activities to solidify concepts.

William Steig: Books & Biography

24. William Steig: Books & Biography

What do a cartoonist, an illustrator and ~'Shrek~' have in common? Why, William Steig, of course, who fulfilled both those roles and created the famous ogre. In this lesson, we'll take a look at his life and creations.

Walt Disney Lesson Plan for Elementary School

25. Walt Disney Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Explore and learn about the life of Walt Disney with some help from this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that teaches about Disney's life and accomplishments, then practice biographical writing skills with a fun project.

Walt Disney Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

26. Walt Disney Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

The chances are good that you have probably seen the name 'Disney' at some point in your life. In this lesson, you will learn about Walt Disney's life and how a young boy grew up to be one of the most famous cartoonists in history.

Walt Disney Lesson Plan

27. Walt Disney Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will learn about the life of Walt Disney. Students will contextualize Disney's life within the 20th century and debate how his life and these other events interacted.

Walt Disney: Quotes & Biography

28. Walt Disney: Quotes & Biography

Walt Disney is a name that is well-known in the United States today. In this lesson, we'll check out his life and work, and see how he managed to reshape the American entertainment industry as we know it.

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