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Ch 6: Famous Artists Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Use the information presented here to help you develop lesson plans that will introduce your students to such artists as Van Gogh, Andy Warhol and others. Build on the ideas contained here to create a comprehensive body of lessons for your students.

Famous Artists Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

In this chapter you will find material that has been designed to help you stimulate discussion in the classroom and create lesson plans based on the lives and works of several important artists. You will find suggestions on developing a syllabus for each lesson, instructional material on the artists, their lives and works that you can incorporate into your class time, and other helpful information. The lessons in this chapter will help you create lessons plans on the following:

  • Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh
  • Sculptures and paintings by Louise Nevelson
  • Andy Warhol's life and works
  • The life and works of Chuck Close, and much more

How It Helps

  • Homework or classwork suggestions: Incorporates helpful ideas surrounding famous artists that you can build upon to create assignments for students to work on at home or in class
  • Class discussion questions/topics: Provides questions and topics about famous artists that you can use to encourage classroom discussions
  • Additional resources: Includes video lessons relevant to lesson plans based on famous artists that you can use as a teaching tool in class

How It Works

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

  • Find lesson plans for specific topics on famous artists that you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your class outline on famous artists using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related famous 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 concepts from these lessons on famous artists.

41 Lessons in Chapter 6: Famous Artists Lesson Plans
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Salvador Dali Lesson Plan

1. Salvador Dali Lesson Plan

Do your students know who Salvador Dali was? Use this lesson plan to help guide your instruction. It uses a fact-filled text lesson to explain Dali's life and work while an activity helps them find their inner artist.

Salvador Dali: Biography, Paintings & Facts

2. Salvador Dali: Biography, Paintings & Facts

This lesson muses on the life and times of the Surrealist artist, Salvador Dali. Let's explore his life, his creations, and fun facts along with his inspirations.

Rembrandt Lesson Plan

3. Rembrandt Lesson Plan

What was Rembrandt's lasting impact on the world of art? This lesson plan uses both text and video lessons to explain this to students while an activity reinforces the main elements of Rembrandt's style.

Rembrandt: Biography, Paintings & Etchings

4. Rembrandt: Biography, Paintings & Etchings

Known for his compelling mastery of shadow and light in his art, Rembrandt is among the most famous portrait artists in history. Learn about his life, his paintings, and photography and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

The Self-Portraits of Rembrandt

5. The Self-Portraits of Rembrandt

In this lesson, we still study the self-portraits of Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn. We will examine some reasons for these self-portraits and look at a few of them in detail.

Da Vinci's Last Supper Lesson Plan

6. Da Vinci's Last Supper Lesson Plan

What do your students know about Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper?' This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain key facts and an activity to further connect students to the classic piece.

The Last Supper by Da Vinci: Facts & Location

7. The Last Supper by Da Vinci: Facts & Location

In this lesson, we'll learn about the painting The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. We'll look at why the painting was commissioned, what the figures in the painting represent and attempts to preserve the painting for future generations to enjoy.

Edvard Munch Lesson Plan

8. Edvard Munch Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help students learn some basic biography of Edvard Munch and his painting style. It will also outline two activities that will help students recognize his paintings and appreciate how valuable they are to collectors around the world.

Edvard Munch: Biography, Paintings & The Scream

9. Edvard Munch: Biography, Paintings & The Scream

Expressionist artist Edvard Munch explored dark, psychological themes in his paintings. In this lesson you will learn about his life, aesthetic style, legacy, and cultural influences.

Giuseppe Arcimboldo Lesson Plan

10. Giuseppe Arcimboldo Lesson Plan

Teach your students about artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson explaining Arcimboldo's life, style and significance of art, and contributions, then analyze his work. Finish by allowing students to create their own Arcimboldo painting and taking a quiz.

Giuseppe Arcimboldo: Paintings & Biography

11. Giuseppe Arcimboldo: Paintings & Biography

Giuseppe Arcimboldo was a 16th century Italian painter with a style that can only be described as unique. In this lesson, we'll talk about his life and works, and see how he fits into Western art history.

Gustav Klimt Lesson Plan

12. Gustav Klimt Lesson Plan

Who was Gustav Klimt and how did his life and work influence the art world? This lesson plan uses a biographical text lesson to summarize the artist's life and work. A hands-on activity provides a deeper connection with the work of Gustav Klimt.

Gustav Klimt: Biography, Paintings & Drawings

13. Gustav Klimt: Biography, Paintings & Drawings

In this lesson, explore the work of artist Gustav Klimt. A founding member of the Vienna Secession, he pursued a very personal, erotic, and emotional style of painting. In decorative and fine arts, Klimt created unique works that commented on the human condition.

Diego Rivera Lesson Plan

14. Diego Rivera Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about artist Diego Rivera. Students will use two text lessons to review Rivera's life, work and contribution to the art world. Discussion questions, hands-on learning and a quiz make learning meaningful and long-lasting.

Diego Rivera: Paintings & Murals

15. Diego Rivera: Paintings & Murals

Diego Rivera is one of Mexico's most prominent artists. In this lesson, we are going to explore his paintings and murals and see what impact they had on Mexican national history.

Diego Rivera: Biography & Quotes

16. Diego Rivera: Biography & Quotes

Have you ever wanted to paint really large pictures or cover a wall with art? Diego Rivera did, and he became a famous mural painter. In this lesson, explore the work, life and quotes of this important Mexican artist.

Kandinsky Lesson Plan

17. Kandinsky Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce students to the life and works of Wassily Kandinsky. Students will read a text lesson, discuss selected artworks, and choose a piece to explore further.

Wassily Kandinsky: Biography & Paintings

18. Wassily Kandinsky: Biography & Paintings

In this lesson, learn about Russian artist and art theorist Wassily Kandinsky. Together, his fascination with color, design, and music and his passion for finding deeper spiritual meaning created a new kind of painting. He wrote important works regarding theories of art and color and became a pioneer of abstract art.

Georges Braque Lesson Plan

19. Georges Braque Lesson Plan

Teachers, this lesson plan explores Georges Braque's contribution to the art world. Students will complete a reading assignment, create an original piece of artwork in the Cubism style as a tribute to Braque and take a quiz to confirm understanding.

Georges Braque: Artwork & Biography

20. Georges Braque: Artwork & Biography

Does a painting have to resemble something found in nature? How do you invent a new painting style? In this lesson, explore the life and work of Georges Braque, one of the creators of Cubism.

Hundertwasser Art Lesson Plan

21. Hundertwasser Art Lesson Plan

The artistic style of Friedensreich Hundertwasser stands alone in regard to innovation and originality. This lesson plan explores the artist's perspective through an examination of his seminal works. A hands-on activity is inspired by his work.

Keith Haring Lesson Plan

22. Keith Haring Lesson Plan

Who was Keith Haring and what set him apart from others in the genre of contemporary art? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain the artist's life and career. An activity helps to connect students to his legacy.

Keith Haring: Biography, Artwork & Quotes

23. Keith Haring: Biography, Artwork & Quotes

Keith Haring was an American artist whose work was inspired by New York City culture during the 1980s. Although his life was short, Haring made a dramatic impact on contemporary art. In the lesson, we will learn about Keith Haring's life and artwork.

Magritte Lesson Plan

24. Magritte Lesson Plan

Teach your students about artist Rene Magritte. After reviewing concepts of surrealism, students will read a text lesson giving a biography of Magritte and his evolution as an artist then analyze his work and give his techniques a try.

René Magritte: Biography & Artwork

25. René Magritte: Biography & Artwork

Should paintings resemble reality? Can you paint dream states, and if so is there a right or wrong way? In this lesson, we'll explore the life and dreamlike work of Belgian artist René Magritte.

Paul Klee Lesson Plan

26. Paul Klee Lesson Plan

This lesson explores a famous painter, Paul Klee. Students will complete a reading assignment, participate in discussion questions and create an art project. They will also take a quiz to demonstrate learning.

Artist Paul Klee: Facts, Famous Paintings & Drawings

27. Artist Paul Klee: Facts, Famous Paintings & Drawings

Paul Klee was a German-Swiss artist known for his colorful, highly original, and often childlike drawings and paintings. Continue reading to learn more about Paul Klee's art and life, as well as the opportunity to look at some of his key paintings.

Paul Klee's Cat and Bird Painting Lesson Plan

28. Paul Klee's Cat and Bird Painting Lesson Plan

Paul Klee's 1928 painting Cat and Bird is a colorful take on the worries of a feline. This lesson plan introduces the painting to students and highlights key elements of the work. An activity challenges students to recreate the piece.

Piet Mondrian Lesson Plan

29. Piet Mondrian Lesson Plan

Who was Piet Mondrian, and how did he make his mark in the art world? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to highlight key facts about Piet Mondrian's life and work. An activity helps to connect students with his signature style.

Piet Mondrian: Biography, Paintings & Art

30. Piet Mondrian: Biography, Paintings & Art

Explore the art, style, and influence of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian. Learn about his approach to Abstract Expressionism and Cubism, connections with other Modern artists, and impact on minimalist art and architecture.

Frida Kahlo Lesson Plan

31. Frida Kahlo Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about artist Frida Kahlo. Students will read a text lesson describing her life and work, examining her unique style. An application activity and quiz let students apply learning and show what they know.

Who Is Frida Kahlo? - Facts, Artwork & Timeline

32. Who Is Frida Kahlo? - Facts, Artwork & Timeline

A brief biography of iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, including descriptions of her childhood, marriage, artistic influences, and key events in her life. As a renowned surrealist painter, Kahlo's influence continues to inspire artists to this day.

Francisco Goya Lesson Plan

33. Francisco Goya Lesson Plan

Who was Francisco Goya and what impact did he have on the world of art? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline key facts about Goya's life and work. An activity helps to solidify understanding.

Francisco Goya: Biography, Paintings & Facts

34. Francisco Goya: Biography, Paintings & Facts

Francisco de Goya was a Spanish romantic painter known for his royal portraiture, as well as his dramatic depictions of war. Learn about about his life and enjoy an opportunity to discover some of his key works of art.

Gustave Courbet Lesson Plan

35. Gustave Courbet Lesson Plan

Who was Gustave Courbet and what was his legacy in the world of art? This lesson plan uses an informative text lesson to outline his life and career for students. A hands-on activity allows students to channel their inner Courbet.

Gustave Courbet: Artwork & Biography

36. Gustave Courbet: Artwork & Biography

French artist Gustave Courbet was a leader in the realist movement and is known for his painting, 'The Artist's Studio'. In this lesson, you'll learn about Gustave Courbet's life and his best work.

M.C. Escher Lesson Plan

37. M.C. Escher Lesson Plan

Who was M.C. Escher and how did his unique style impact the art world? This lesson plan uses a fact-filled text lesson to outline Escher's life and work for the class. An activity challenges them to try out some of his techniques.

M.C. Escher: Biography, Art & Facts

38. M.C. Escher: Biography, Art & Facts

Learn about the life and work of Dutch graphic illustrator M. C. Escher. Explore his designs for impossible architecture, infinity loops, and optical illusions.

Paul Cezanne Still Life Lesson Plan

39. Paul Cezanne Still Life Lesson Plan

Educate your students about Paul Cezanne and his still life paintings with this lesson plan. They will study a text lesson, take a follow-up quiz that is related, and participate in fun hands-on activities.

Paul Cezanne's Still Life Paintings

40. Paul Cezanne's Still Life Paintings

Paul Cézanne was an incredibly important painter in the history of art, and his style was solidified in his still life paintings. In this lesson, we'll check out some of these works and see how they impacted both Cézanne's style and the history of art.

The Scream Lesson Plan

41. The Scream Lesson Plan

Edvard Munch's ''The Scream'' is a famous (but often misunderstood) work of art. With this lesson plan, your students will learn about Impressionism, Expressionism, and how art can be a vehicle for examining societal anxieties.

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