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Ch 2: Impressionist Painters Lesson Plans

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Use these lesson plans and the lessons that accompany them to help you teach your students about some famous Impressionist painters, their lives and works. You can use these in class, as homework, or to expand your students' interest in art.

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These lessons and lesson plan outlines can provide you with valuable and interesting material on the lives of such Impressionists as Degas, Monet, Van Gogh and many others. The lessons include information on the lives and works of these and other artists that you can incorporate into your regular classroom instruction. The lessons are short, well-presented and well-written. They are designed to capture and hold your students' interest while providing comprehensive and engaging information. You will find resources that will help you develop lessons on:

  • The lives, works and interesting facts about Claude Monet, Pierre Renoir and Mary Cassatt
  • Edgar Degas' famous paintings, drawings and life
  • Van Gogh's life and artwork
  • Analysis, description and facts about Van Gogh's Starry Night
  • Important works, interesting facts and biographical information on Henri Matisse, Henri Rousseau and Paul Signac
  • Artistic style, paintings and biography of Camille Pissarro

How It Helps

  • Common core: Ensures your lessons on Impressionist artists are consistent with current educational requirements
  • Class discussion topics/questions: Offers interesting facts about Monet, Pissarro, Cassatt and other Impressionists that you can use to encourage student discussions
  • Additional resources: Includes video and text lessons about famous Impressionists and their most significant works that will keep your students engaged and make learning fun

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning lessons on Impressionist painters easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific topics you want to cover in your class on Impressionist artists.
  • Formulate your class outline on Impressionist painters using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related lessons for each lesson plan on an Impressionist painter 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 Impressionist painters.
  • Engage your students with relevant discussion questions or other materials related to Impressionist painters found in the lesson plan outline.

40 Lessons in Chapter 2: Impressionist Painters Lesson Plans
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Impressionism Lesson Plan

1. Impressionism Lesson Plan

What is Impressionistic art and why has it left such a lasting impact in the art field? This lesson plan uses an instructional text lesson to explain this and an activity illuminates key elements of Impressionistic art.

Impressionist Art: Characteristics & Artists

2. Impressionist Art: Characteristics & Artists

In this lesson, we will explore Impressionism. We will learn about the founding of the Impressionist movement, the major characteristics of Impressionism, and a few of the primary Impressionist artists.

Influence of Photography on Impressionism

3. Influence of Photography on Impressionism

In this lesson, you will examine the role that photography played in the development of 19th-century artistic styles, most notably Impressionism. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Claude Monet Lesson Plan

4. Claude Monet Lesson Plan

Who was Claude Monet and what impact did he make in the world of fine art? This lesson plan uses an informational text lesson to lay out key facts about Claude Monet, his life, and his work. An activity connects students to some famous works by Monet.

Claude Monet: Biography, Paintings & Facts

5. Claude Monet: Biography, Paintings & Facts

Claude Monet is not only considered to be one of the most iconic French painters of all time, he is also credited with helping to create a very popular artistic movement. Discover more about his unique style and learn about his best-known works in this lesson.

Claude Monet Lesson Plan for Elementary School

6. Claude Monet Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Claude Monet is synonymous with the art genre of Impressionism. This lesson plan is designed to teach elementary students about the legendary artist. A text lesson and a hands-on activity will engage your students as they reinforce learning.

Renoir Lesson Plan

7. Renoir Lesson Plan

It isn't everyday that an individual becomes so influential that he can go by just one name. The artist Renoir is an example of this. This lesson plan explains key facts about Renoir's life, work and legacy through a text lesson and activity.

Pierre Renoir: Biography, Paintings & Facts

8. Pierre Renoir: Biography, Paintings & Facts

French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir is remembered as one of the most prominent members of the Impressionist movement. His celebrated works captured vibrant scenes of late-19th century life.

Vincent van Gogh Lesson Plan

9. Vincent van Gogh Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will outline the important discussion questions regarding Vincent van Gogh's biography and artwork, key vocab words students should remember, as well as three activities to help students understand van Gogh's life and work a bit more.

Vincent van Gogh: Biography & Artwork

10. Vincent van Gogh: Biography & Artwork

More than almost any other painter, Vincent van Gogh has epitomized the tortured artist. Believing that his work was inspired by a higher power, van Gogh would ultimately commit suicide, tragically thinking the world had no appreciation for his remarkable work.

Van Gogh's Starry Night Lesson Plan

11. Van Gogh's Starry Night Lesson Plan

Use this Study.com lesson plan to teach your students about the artist Vincent van Gogh. Students view and analyze the painting 'The Starry Night,' then apply his techniques in their own work.

Van Gogh's Starry Night: Description, Analysis & Facts

12. Van Gogh's Starry Night: Description, Analysis & Facts

In this lesson, we'll be looking at Vincent van Gogh's famous painting ''The Starry Night.'' Give it a good look and consider its many different facets and interpretations, learn some facts about its creation along the way, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Starry Night Lesson Plan for Elementary School

13. Starry Night Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Vincent Van Gogh was a talented painter whose creation ' The Starry Night' is world famous. In this lesson plan, students will learn the background of the artist, the story behind the painting, and will recreate the famous artwork using the same techniques as Van Gogh himself!

The Starry Night by Van Gogh: Lesson for Kids

14. The Starry Night by Van Gogh: Lesson for Kids

One of the most famous paintings by Vincent Van Gogh is '~'The Starry Night.'~' In this lesson, learn about the creative artist behind this painting, and discover the inspiration and techniques Van Gogh used to create it.

Mary Cassatt Lesson Plan

15. Mary Cassatt Lesson Plan

Who was Mary Cassatt and how did she influence the art world? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to share key facts about Mary Cassatt's life and work with the class. An activity asks students to analyze selected works by Mary Cassatt.

Mary Cassatt: Biography, Paintings & Facts

16. Mary Cassatt: Biography, Paintings & Facts

In this lesson, you'll meet turn-of-the-century American painter, Mary Cassatt, a contemporary of Edgar Degas and the Impressionists. In addition to an overview of her transcontinental life, you'll also have the chance to examine a few of her well-known paintings.

Edgar Degas Lesson Plan

17. Edgar Degas Lesson Plan

Teach your students about the great artist Edgar Degas with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson about his personal life, style of painting, and body of work, discussing key ideas and concepts before applying learning to an activity.

Edgar Degas: Facts, Famous Paintings & Drawings

18. Edgar Degas: Facts, Famous Paintings & Drawings

Known for his famous paintings of Parisian life and ballet dancers, French artist Edgar Degas helped establish the Impressionist movement in art during the nineteenth century.

Matisse Lesson Plan

19. Matisse Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan as a guide in teaching your students about artist Henri Matisse. Students will read about his life and unique painting technique, observe work by the artist, then get busy painting.

Matisse: Biography, Facts & Artwork

20. Matisse: Biography, Facts & Artwork

Learn about the painter Henri Matisse, an artist known for his use of color and his contribution to the Fauvism movement. Learn about his life and works, and test your knowledge with the supplemental quiz.

The Snail by Henri Matisse Lesson Plan

21. The Snail by Henri Matisse Lesson Plan

Why is 'The Snail' by Henri Matisse considered one of his seminal works? This lesson plan provides a background on the artist's work as well as analysis of the piece. An activity gives students the chance to replicate Matisse's pivotal work.

Henri Matisse's The Snail: Meaning & Facts

22. Henri Matisse's The Snail: Meaning & Facts

Henri Matisse was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. In this lesson, we are going to check out one of his final masterpieces and analyze its content.

Henri Rousseau Lesson Plan

23. Henri Rousseau Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about artist Henri Rousseau. A text lesson provides a biography of his life and work, followed by a video lesson that explores the subject, style and technique used in his work 'The Dream.' Hands-on learning, discussions and a quiz make content stick.

Henri Rousseau: Biography & Artwork

24. Henri Rousseau: Biography & Artwork

The history of avant-garde arts is full of figures who were under-appreciated in their own times, but whose works had major impacts on art history. In this lesson, we'll look at one of those artists and explore a few of his paintings.

Post-Impressionism Lesson Plan

25. Post-Impressionism Lesson Plan

Teach your students all about Post-Impressionism with this lesson plan. Students will read a lesson explaining the style and period before viewing samples of Post-Impressionist art, then compare Post-Impressionism to Impressionism.

Comparing Post-Impressionism & Impressionism

26. Comparing Post-Impressionism & Impressionism

In this lesson, you will explore the similarities and differences between two major artistic styles of the late 19th century. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Post Impressionist Movement: Style & Famous Artists

27. Post Impressionist Movement: Style & Famous Artists

In this lesson, we'll be taking a look at the Post Impressionist Movement of art. We'll look at its distinctive, almost abstract style and the noteworthy names associated with it. When you're finished, you can test your knowledge with a quiz!

Pointillism Lesson Plan

28. Pointillism Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help you teach students the artistic technique of pointillism. Students watch a lesson describing pointillism and its key contributors. They then observe pointillist works before giving the method a try.

Pointillism: Definition, History & Artists

29. Pointillism: Definition, History & Artists

Pointillism is an artistic technique that uses tiny dots of color to create a depth of light. A number of artists in the 19th century experimented with the depths of imagery possible with this new method.

Paul Cezanne Lesson Plan

30. Paul Cezanne Lesson Plan

Teach your students about artist Paul Cezanne with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that provides a biography of his life and explains his style of work. They will then analyze and study his work before trying the technique on their own.

Paul Cezanne: Biography & Artwork

31. Paul Cezanne: Biography & Artwork

An artist whose work bridged Impressionism and Cubism, Paul C├ęzanne's work helped introduce the world to modern art. Learn more about the artist who helped inspire Picasso.

Georges Seurat Lesson Plan

32. Georges Seurat Lesson Plan

Who was Georges Seurat and how did his unique style impact the Post Impressionistic art movement? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to describe the artist's life and work. A hands-on activity connects students with the techniques of Pointillism and Chromoluminarism.

Georges Seurat: Biography, Painting & Facts

33. Georges Seurat: Biography, Painting & Facts

In a complete departure from earlier Impressionist painters, Georges Seurat chose to focus on color, often at the expense of shape or form, to form the reality he wanted the viewer to see. A pioneer of pointillism, his work is remarkable in its ability to introduce light and color.

Paul Gauguin Lesson Plan

34. Paul Gauguin Lesson Plan

How did Paul Gauguin leave his mark in a Post-Impressionistic art world? This lesson plan builds upon an informative text lesson with a hands-on activity designed to connect students with the work of Paul Gauguin.

Paul Gauguin, Artist: Biography, Facts & Paintings

35. Paul Gauguin, Artist: Biography, Facts & Paintings

Paul Gauguin was a French artist associated with Post-Impressionism and known for his unique use of color, symbolism, and subject matter. In this lesson, you'll learn about what makes him unique, as well as his lasting legacy in the art world.

Paul Signac Lesson Plan

36. Paul Signac Lesson Plan

Who was Paul Signac and how did his unique artistic style make a mark in the art world? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to highlight key facts about the artist's life and work. An activity gives students a chance to try Pointillism for themselves.

Paul Signac: Paintings & Biography

37. Paul Signac: Paintings & Biography

Could you create a picture simply by using many dots of bright color? How would your eye react to such an image? In this lesson, learn about the life and colorful art of French artist Paul Signac, who is famous for such creations.

Camille Pissarro Lesson Plan

38. Camille Pissarro Lesson Plan

Teach your students about Camille Pissarro with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that provides a biography of the artist and explains his style of work then discuss and analyze content before applying understanding in a hands-on activity.

Camille Pissarro: Biography, Paintings & Style

39. Camille Pissarro: Biography, Paintings & Style

In this lesson, we take a closer look at Camille Pissarro, an Impressionist painter whose work reflects four decades of artistic change. He also embraced the Neo-Impressionism of Seurat, and was a mentor to the Post-Impressionists Cezanne and Gauguin.

The Magical Garden of Claude Monet Lesson Plan

40. The Magical Garden of Claude Monet Lesson Plan

'The Magical Garden of Claude Monet' by Laurence Anholt is about a little girl and her dog who explore a garden created by a famous artist. Students will read the story, answer questions and participate in an activity.

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