Ch 14: History of Visual Art Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The History of Visual Art chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the history of visual art in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the History of Visual Art chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayByzantine Art
Roman Art
Early Christian Art
Ancient Egyptian Art
History, iconoclasm, iconography, mosaics
Portrait sculptures, narrative reliefs, painting
Symbolism, the catacombs, illuminated manuscripts
time periods, paintings, sculpture, pottery
Tuesday Ancient Persian Art and Architecture
Ancient Greek Art
Baroque Painting
Baroque Sculpture
Achaemenid Era, bas-reliefs, The Gate of All Nations, rhytons
Evolution of Greek art, pottery, sculpture, marble, idealism
Overview of important Baroque painters, including Rembrandt and Rubens, common themes
Themes, stark realism, high pictorial effects, technical mastery, important sculptors
WednesdayMichelangelo
Renaissance art
Leonardo Da Vinci
Art in the Protestant Reformation
Michelangelo's life, major paintings and sculptures
Humanism, perspective, important examples from the Renaissance period including the dome of St. Peter's Basilica, the painting The Birth of Venus and Michelangelo's David sculpture
Da Vinci's life, use of perspective, important work in painting and anatomy
The art of Northern Europe with a focus on the works of Albrecht Durer
ThursdayGothic painting
Gothic sculpture and stained glass windows
Carolingian art
Impressionist art
Realism, perspective, notable Gothic painters, including the Lorenzetti Brothers
Gothic architectural decoration, especially in the cathedrals
Styles during the Carolingian Renaissance, illuminated manuscripts, treasure bindings
Characteristics and important artists
FridayPost-Impressionism
Prominent artists and works of the 20th century
Sculpture in the ancient world
History of sculpture
Neoclassical, 19th century and modern sculpture
Artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including Vincent van Gogh and Georges Seurat
Important artists of the 20th century and their works
Sculpture in ancient times
How sculpture evolved over time
Themes and forms in sculpture from the Neoclassical period to the present

24 Lessons in Chapter 14: History of Visual Art Lesson Plans
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Byzantine Art: Mosaics, History & Characteristics

1. Byzantine Art: Mosaics, History & Characteristics

This lesson covers Byzantine art and explains the difficulties of imposing artistic periods. Justinian is introduced as the man behind the Byzantine Golden Age. We explore the interesting dynamic between Byzantine imperialism and Christian religion. Finally, we take a brief look at eastern religious icons.

Roman Art: History, Characteristics & Style

2. Roman Art: History, Characteristics & Style

This lesson offers a basic outline of Roman art. We begin by examining the Greek roots of Roman art. Then, we look at the three predominant forms of Roman art: sculpture, murals and mosaics.

Early Christian Art: History, Characteristics & Symbolism

3. Early Christian Art: History, Characteristics & Symbolism

This lesson covers the development of early Christian art. We begin in the catacombs of Rome, looking at early Christian frescoes. We then move to later sarcophagi. A brief survey of early Christian mosaics follows, and we close with the fine art of illuminated manuscripts.

Ancient Egyptian Art: History and Style

4. Ancient Egyptian Art: History and Style

This lesson provides a brief look at the exquisite art of the Ancient Egyptians. Egyptian art contains images of people and deities that represent the culture in which they lived.

Ancient Persian Art and Architecture: History & Style

5. Ancient Persian Art and Architecture: History & Style

This lesson explores the artwork of one of the most powerful and expansive empires in history: the Persian Empire. Persian artwork contained vivid imagery that recorded the success of the Persian kings in battle and their cultural tendencies.

Ancient Greek Art, Pottery and Sculpture

6. Ancient Greek Art, Pottery and Sculpture

A survey of the transitions in Greek art, with special emphasis placed on the importance of materials and technique. This lecture explores Greek pottery styles from geometric to Orientalizing to black- and red-figure vases. It then turns to sculpture from Archaic styles to realism to idealism. Slides are shown throughout to get students familiar with these Greek styles.

Baroque Painting: Style, Characteristics & Artists

7. Baroque Painting: Style, Characteristics & Artists

This lesson covers the development of Baroque painting as it spread across Europe. We explore the works of Caravaggio in Italy, Velazquez in Spain, Rubens in Belgium, Lorrain in France and Rembrandt in Holland.

Baroque Sculpture: Characteristics & Style

8. Baroque Sculpture: Characteristics & Style

In this lesson, we explore the development of Baroque sculpture across Europe, from the creations of the Italian genius, Bernini, to France and the sculptural excellence of Puget's glorified King Louis XIV. We'll also stop in Germany, Spain and Belgium.

Michelangelo: Biography and Works

9. Michelangelo: Biography and Works

This lesson will focus on the life and works of Michelangelo. It will discuss his life in Florence, his dealings with the Medici family, his sculpture 'David,' the Sistine Chapel and many other of his awe-inspiring works.

Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture

10. Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture

In this lesson, we will be discussing Renaissance art, focusing primarily on paintings, sculptures, and architecture. We will also be learning how humanism affected the art of this time period.

Leonardo da Vinci: Biography

11. Leonardo da Vinci: Biography

This lesson will focus on the life of Leonardo da Vinci. It will highlight his career as an artist, an inventor, a scientist and a student of the human form. It will also include many of his most famous works.

Art in the Protestant Reformation: Albrecht Durer & Northern European Artists

12. Art in the Protestant Reformation: Albrecht Durer & Northern European Artists

The Protestant Reformation introduced some pretty substantial changes into European society. In this lesson, we'll be talking about some of the impacts it had on the art of Northern Europe.

Gothic Painting: Style & Characteristics

13. Gothic Painting: Style & Characteristics

This lesson follows the development of two trends in Gothic painting: realism and perspective. We explore the origins of these movements in Italian Gothic masters, like Duccio, Giotto and the Lorenzetti Brothers, and their later expression in Northern European illuminations.

Gothic Sculpture and Stained Glass Windows: Characteristics & Style

14. Gothic Sculpture and Stained Glass Windows: Characteristics & Style

In this lesson, we cover the development of Gothic architectural decoration, specifically decorative sculpture and stained glass windows. You'll learn about Gothic use of stained glass and the evolution of sculpture from Romanesque decoration to Gothic statues.

Carolingian Art: History, Style & Characteristics

15. Carolingian Art: History, Style & Characteristics

This lesson covers the art of the Carolingian Renaissance. We'll explore the causes of the Carolingian Renaissance, then see how the art of illumination was adapted for new uses. Then we'll discuss treasure bindings and finish with a quick survey of the few other surviving forms of Carolingian art.

New Realism, Pop Art, Op Art & Hyperrealism

16. New Realism, Pop Art, Op Art & Hyperrealism

In this lesson, you will explore a few different artistic styles that have emerged since the mid-20th century and discover what they have in common and what makes them unique. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Pop Art: Imagery, Influence & Examples

17. Pop Art: Imagery, Influence & Examples

Pop art was a very unique movement of the mid-20th century that drew from the most unlikely of sources. Explore the influences and images of pop art and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

One Point Perspective Drawing: Definition & Examples

18. One Point Perspective Drawing: Definition & Examples

Learn how the use of one point perspective adds depth and realism to drawings, and discover how artists from Leonardo Da Vinci to Vincent Van Gogh used it to create their masterpieces. Then test yourself with a short quiz.

What Is Collage? - Definition, Famous Artists & Examples

19. What Is Collage? - Definition, Famous Artists & Examples

What is a collage? This lesson takes you through the definition, provides some examples, discusses famous artists who made collages, and offers a quiz to see what you learned.

Exquisite Corpse in Surrealist Drawing & Poetry

20. 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.

Contour Line in Art: Definition, Drawing & Examples

21. Contour Line in Art: Definition, Drawing & Examples

This lesson will provide you with the fine-art definition of a contour line. At the end of the lesson, you will know what a contour line looks like and how an artist might effectively use them.

Still Life Drawings: Definition & Examples

22. Still Life Drawings: Definition & Examples

If you've ever taken an introductory art class, odds are you've drawn a still life before! This lesson explains what still life drawings are and explores various examples of the genre.

Still Life Photography: Definition, Techniques & Examples

23. Still Life Photography: Definition, Techniques & Examples

One of the most interesting types of photography is the still life. Any gathering of objects or random assortment of items can become a still life. This lesson examines the two types of still life photography.

Still Life in Painting: Definition, Medium Types & Examples

24. Still Life in Painting: Definition, Medium Types & Examples

If you've ever been to a museum or flipped through an art history book, odds are you've seen a picture of a still life painting. This lesson explores what still life paintings are and how they're made.

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