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Ch 4: Modern Art History & Movements Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Teach art history and movements with help from the lesson plans in this chapter. Benefit from learning objectives, class instructions and discussion question ideas as you develop quality lessons on Renaissance art, illuminated letters and more.

Modern Art History & Movements Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Develop fun and engaging lessons that explore the history and movements of modern art by utilizing the teacher resources in this chapter. Enjoy access to lesson plans that offer learning objectives, activity and discussion ideas, class instructions and other tools for creating your art history and movement lessons. This chapter also includes entertaining lessons you can share with your students to enhance their comprehension of concepts you cover. Some topics covered in this chapter include the following:

  • Characteristics of Impressionism
  • The imagery and influence of pop art
  • Op art, new realism and hyperrealism
  • Exquisite corpse basics
  • Surrealism characteristics, definition and art
  • Additional art history and movements topics!

Plan your lessons by accessing these resources at home, during your planning period or anywhere with an Internet connection. Also, share the lessons in this chapter with your students, and allow them to take short lesson quizzes to gauge their comprehension.

How It Helps

  • Individual or group projects: Offers tips for providing your students with projects they can work on individually or in groups
  • Class activities: Shares ideas for activities or games for the entire class that you can include in your art history and movements lessons
  • Vocabulary words: Pinpoints important vocabulary words related to art history and movements that can deepen your students' understanding

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning modern art history and movements lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific modern art history and movements topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your art class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related art history and movements 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 art history and movements concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant art history and movements-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

38 Lessons in Chapter 4: Modern Art History & Movements Lesson Plans
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Fauvism Lesson Plan

1. Fauvism Lesson Plan

How did Fauvism emerge in the art world and what is it all about? This lesson plan uses an engaging video lesson to explain Fauvism to students. An activity gives them a chance to demonstrate the characteristics of Fauvist art.

Fauvism: Definition, Art & Characteristics

2. Fauvism: Definition, Art & Characteristics

In this lesson, learn about the Fauvists, the 'wild beasts' of the early 20th-century French art scene. Learn about Fauvism, its artists, and the characteristics that define the movement. Then, take a short quiz to test your knowledge.

Abstract Art Lesson Plan

3. Abstract Art Lesson Plan

Can your students distinguish between abstract art and representational art? This lesson plan uses two entertaining and informative video lessons along with a hands-on activity to ensure that they can.

What is Abstract Art? - Definition, Techniques, Types & Paintings

4. What is Abstract Art? - Definition, Techniques, Types & Paintings

In this lesson, we'll explore the definition of abstract art. We'll look at the different types of abstract art, the techniques used to create the works, and a sampling of paintings that have been produced.

Abstract Expressionism, Hard Edge & Color Field Painting

5. Abstract Expressionism, Hard Edge & Color Field Painting

There are many styles of modern abstract art, and all share similarities and differences. Explore three styles of art, and test your understanding of them with a brief quiz.

Surrealism Lesson Plan

6. Surrealism Lesson Plan

What is behind the artistic style of Surrealism? Using an engaging and informative video lesson, your students will be able to answer this question with their own creations.

What is Surrealism? - Definition, Art & Characteristics

7. What is Surrealism? - Definition, Art & Characteristics

Surrealism isn't just a fun word to say or even just a style of art. It's actually a cultural movement as well. What do you know about Surrealism? Read on to become a Surrealism expert.

Exquisite Corpse in Surrealist Drawing & Poetry

8. Exquisite Corpse in Surrealist Drawing & Poetry

What is an Exquisite Corpse? Taken literally, it's a beautiful dead body. Taken artistically, it's a game poets and artists play to create surprising and unusual works of art. This lesson explores the origins and rules of the Exquisite Corpse.

Dada Lesson Plan

9. Dada Lesson Plan

Do your students know about the art world's Dada movement? This lesson plan uses both a text and a video lesson to teach students about this interesting art genre. An activity gives students a chance to experience the element of chance that drives this genre.

Tristan Tzara: Poems and Dada Manifesto

10. Tristan Tzara: Poems and Dada Manifesto

Tristan Tzara (1896-1963) is one of the most influential creators of Dadaism, the literary and artistic movement from the first half of the 20th Century. In this lesson we will explore Tzara's life and writings.

The Role of Chance in Dadaism

11. The Role of Chance in Dadaism

In this lesson, explore the use and meaning of chance in Dadaist art. Find out how what seems like random nonsense is actually considered art when it comes to the Dada movement.

Contemporary Art Lesson Plan

12. Contemporary Art Lesson Plan

Contemporary art is a broad and often misunderstood genre. This lesson plan clarifies it for students through a text and a video lesson paired with discussion followed by an activity geared toward creative expression.

What is Contemporary Art? - Definition, Movements & Styles

13. What is Contemporary Art? - Definition, Movements & Styles

In this lesson, you'll learn what spawned the contemporary art movement, how it differs from its predecessors, technology's role in its accessibility, and why there is no end in sight to this one-of-a-kind era in the fine art world.

Different Influences on Contemporary Art

14. Different Influences on Contemporary Art

The term contemporary art defines art created by those living today or the art of the 21st century. This lesson explores contemporary art and how the art of the past and societal values influences it.

Art Nouveau Lesson Plan

15. Art Nouveau Lesson Plan

What are the hallmarks of the Art Nouveau style? This lesson plan is based on an instructional text lesson. An activity links students to the content with a tangible take-away.

Art Nouveau: Architecture & Design

16. Art Nouveau: Architecture & Design

Have you ever gotten tired of looking at things around you and felt the need to change everything up? In this lesson, we'll explore the flowing, plant-like architecture and design of Art Nouveau.

Contemporary Art Lesson Plan for Elementary School

17. Contemporary Art Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Students will love learning about contemporary art in this lesson plan. After learning about the concept of contemporary art and discovering examples, students will create and participate in different types of contemporary art.

Contemporary Art: Lesson for Kids

18. Contemporary Art: Lesson for Kids

Is a piece of art something that you look at? Can it be something you participate in? These are some of the questions that today's artists are trying to answer. In this lesson, you'll learn how contemporary art differs from the art of the past.

Abstract Expressionism Lesson Plan

19. Abstract Expressionism Lesson Plan

How does Abstract Expressionism differ from other art genres? This lesson plan uses a well-informed video lesson to explain this innovative artistic movement. An activity challenges students to use what they learned to create a unique piece of art.

Symbolist Art Movement Lesson Plan

20. Symbolist Art Movement Lesson Plan

What inspired the Symbolist movement in art? This lesson plan builds upon the content of an engaging video lesson. An activity challenges students to harness the ideals of Symbolist artists.

Modern Art Lesson Plan

21. Modern Art Lesson Plan

Do your students understand the origins and inspirations of modern art? This lesson plan explains this fascinating genre with the help of a text lesson. An activity gives students the opportunity to create their own work of modern art.

Bauhaus School: Founder & History

22. Bauhaus School: Founder & History

Have you ever tried to do something completely new? The founder and teachers of the Bauhaus did when they established a pioneering art school in Germany. In this lesson, explore the history of the Bauhaus School.

Bauhaus Movement: History & Timeline

23. Bauhaus Movement: History & Timeline

The Bauhaus was a German school of design that operated between 1919 and 1933. In this lesson, you will learn about the development of this institution and its lasting impact on modern art and design.

Bauhaus Movement: Characteristics & Design

24. Bauhaus Movement: Characteristics & Design

What's one way to change the arts? Change the way you teach it! In this lesson, we'll look at the Bauhaus Movement of the early 20th century and see how it sought to redefine the arts.

Bauhaus Movement: Art & Typography

25. Bauhaus Movement: Art & Typography

Though the Bauhaus is perhaps best known for its influence on areas like architecture and furniture design, artists of all kinds were associated with the school. This lesson will discuss the relationship between Bauhaus typography and fine art.

Landscape Painting Lesson Plan

26. Landscape Painting Lesson Plan

Can a landscape make an interesting subject for a painting? Absolutely! Landscape paintings are among the most popular in the art world and this lesson will explain why. A video lesson and a hands on activity will introduce students to the beauty of landscape painting.

Graffiti Lesson Plan

27. Graffiti Lesson Plan

What is graffiti and how does it represent culture? This lesson plan uses an informative video lesson to explain important facts about graffiti. An activity turns students into graffiti artists and allows them to apply what they've learned.

Graffiti Lesson Plan for Elementary School

28. Graffiti Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan can be used to introduce students to the art form known as graffiti. Students will talk about their experiences with graffiti, discuss the positive and negative aspects of the art form, and create their own graffiti in the classroom.

Non-Objective Art Lesson Plan

29. Non-Objective Art Lesson Plan

As your students are studying modern art, consider introducing them to non-objective art. This lesson includes a group activity to compare non-objective art to other genres and a partner activity to create non-objective art.

Non-Objective Art: Definition, Artists & Examples

30. Non-Objective Art: Definition, Artists & Examples

Have you ever taken a geometry class? Did you know some art involves geometry? In this lesson, learn about non-objective art and see examples by artists who worked in this style.

Monochrome Painting Lesson Plan

31. Monochrome Painting Lesson Plan

Monochrome paintings use just one color. This lesson plan explains key facts about monochrome painting using a helpful text lesson. An activity gives students a chance to show mastery through meaningful expression.

Monochrome Paintings: Definition, Technique & Artists

32. Monochrome Paintings: Definition, Technique & Artists

How many colors do you need to create great art? Sometimes, just one. In this lesson, we'll explore monochrome painting and check out some artists who use it.

Narrative Painting Lesson Plan

33. Narrative Painting Lesson Plan

Artists can tell a story without talking by creating narrative art. Students will explore narrative art, its characteristics and artists. They will read a lesson, answer discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Narrative Painting: Definition, Artists & Examples

34. Narrative Painting: Definition, Artists & Examples

Have you ever painted a picture that told a story? That's what narrative art does. In this lesson, learn about narrative painting and explore some artists and examples.

Exquisite Corpse Lesson Plan

35. Exquisite Corpse Lesson Plan

While your students may not know it as an exquisite corpse, the fact is that your students can actually use the techniques of this surrealist approach to create impressive works of art and poetry.

Stop Motion Lesson Plan for High School

36. Stop Motion Lesson Plan for High School

This lesson plan provides teachers with ideas to teach high school students about stop motion animation. Students will learn what stop motion animation is and apply what they have learned to make their own animated clip.

Harlem Renaissance Project Ideas

37. Harlem Renaissance Project Ideas

The Harlem Renaissance, a movement centered on the creative works of African American artists, took place in 1920s America. Use the projects below to help students understand and identify with everything the Harlem Renaissance was about.

Art History Timeline Lesson Plan

38. Art History Timeline Lesson Plan

Teach your students about art history with this helpful lesson plan. They will study a text lesson, take a related quiz about artists and art movements, as well as participate in an interesting hands-on activity.

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