Ch 9: Modern Artists Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Adapt these lesson plan outlines and accompanying materials for use as a springboard for lessons on modern artists. These materials can help you provide your students with homework or classroom assignments, test prep, or inspiration!

Modern Artists Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

In this chapter you will find lesson plan outlines and accompanying lessons that can help you expand your students' knowledge and appreciation of modern art. The artists presented here include Andrew Wyeth, Charles Demuth, Georgia O'Keefe and many others. By using these materials, you can build your modern art syllabus and create dynamic, interesting, and informative art lessons for your students. These lessons require very little of your class time, yet present well-thought-out and comprehensive information that will engage your students and spark their imaginations. You can use these resources to design:

  • Lessons on the life and works of Georgia O'Keefe, Andrew Wyeth and Arthur Dove
  • Class assignments based on Ben Shahn's art and biography and those of Fairfield Porter and Charles Demuth
  • Homework assignments on the lives and works of Alberto Giacometti and Amedeo Modigliani with selected quotations
  • Discussion topics and questions on the paintings and life of Marc Chagall

How It Helps

  • Curriculum standards: Enables you to be sure that your lessons on modern artists are in compliance with standard curriculum requirements
  • Class discussion topics/questions: Offers interesting material about Marc Chagall, Ben Shahn, Andrew Wyeth and other modern artists that you can use as a basis for student discussions
  • Homework/classwork suggestions: Includes ideas that you can use to create assignments on modern artists that your students can work on in class or at home

How It Works

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

  • Find lesson plans for specific topics you want to cover in your class on modern artists.
  • Formulate your class outline on modern artists using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related lessons for each lesson plan on modern artists 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 modern artists.
  • Engage your students with relevant discussion questions or other materials related to modern artists found in the lesson plan outline.
18 Lessons in Chapter 9: Modern Artists Lesson Plans
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Georgia O'Keeffe Lesson Plan

1. Georgia O'Keeffe Lesson Plan

Who was Georgia O'Keeffe and how did her artwork set her apart? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline key facts about her life and work for students. An activity provides a deeper connection to her unique style.

Georgia O'Keeffe: Paintings & Biography

2. Georgia O'Keeffe: Paintings & Biography

Georgia O'Keeffe, famous for her sensual paintings of magnified flowers, and inspired by the bewitching southwestern American landscape, is among the foremost artists of the twentieth century. Read about this artist's life and work, and then quiz yourself.

Andrew Wyeth Lesson Plan

3. Andrew Wyeth Lesson Plan

Teach students about artist Andrew Wyeth with this lesson plan. Students will read about Wyeth's life and examine his work in a text lesson, then apply concepts to an activity to make learning last.

Andrew Wyeth: Paintings & Biography

4. Andrew Wyeth: Paintings & Biography

Some great painters are only considered great when time catches up with them. In this lesson, explore the life and art of American painter Andrew Wyeth, known for his realist paintings in a time when realism wasn't favored by critics.

Arthur Dove Lesson Plan

5. Arthur Dove Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about artist Arthur Dove. Students will read a text lesson that provides a biography of his life and work. Students will then analyze his paintings and technique before participating in a hands-on application activity.

Arthur Dove: Paintings & Biography

6. Arthur Dove: Paintings & Biography

Do paintings always have to look like something? Have you ever thought about music in terms of color and shape? In this lesson, explore the life and paintings of Twentieth-Century American artist Arthur Dove.

Ben Shahn Lesson Plan

7. Ben Shahn Lesson Plan

Teach your students about artist Ben Shahn with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that gives a biography of Shahn and explains his style and technique. Guide students with analyses of his works, then apply learning to an activity.

Ben Shahn: Art & Biography

8. Ben Shahn: Art & Biography

Have you ever used art to comment on social situations? Do art and politics mix? In this lesson, explore the socially conscious art of Lithuanian-born artist and graphic designer Ben Shahn.

Fairfield Porter Lesson Plan

9. Fairfield Porter Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach students about artist Fairfield Porter. Students will read a text lesson that covers Porter's life and work, discuss and analyze his unique style, then apply concepts to an activity.

Fairfield Porter: Paintings & Biography

10. Fairfield Porter: Paintings & Biography

American art changed a lot in the mid-20th century. In this lesson, we're going to look at the life and career of Fairfield Porter, and explore this artist's unique contribution to a changing world.

Charles Demuth Lesson Plan

11. Charles Demuth Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about artist Charles Demuth. Students will read a text lesson that provides a biography of Demuth and guides analysis of his work. Students apply learning to their own artwork and take a quiz to check understanding.

Artist Charles Demuth: Biography & Paintings

12. Artist Charles Demuth: Biography & Paintings

After overcoming a childhood illness, he went on to become one of the most important contemporary American painters of the 20th century. In this lesson, you will learn about the life and works of Charles Demuth. Then take a short quiz on what you have learned.

Alberto Giacometti Lesson Plan

13. Alberto Giacometti Lesson Plan

Teach your students about artist Alberto Giacometti with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson and view work by Giacometti to gain an understanding of his life and style. Apply knowledge to activities and test understanding with a quiz.

Alberto Giacometti: Artwork, Biography & Quotes

14. Alberto Giacometti: Artwork, Biography & Quotes

How do you convey a person's essence? Does it have to be in a realistic portrait? In this lesson, explore the artwork of twentieth-century Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti.

Amedeo Modigliani Lesson Plan

15. Amedeo Modigliani Lesson Plan

Teach students about Amedeo Modigliani with this lesson plan. Using a text lesson, students will learn about his life as well as his importance in art history. They will then create original works to experiment with his style.

Amedeo Modigliani: Biography, Art & Quotes

16. Amedeo Modigliani: Biography, Art & Quotes

Modern art did not appear over night. It was refined by dozens of painters, each of whom left their own mark on the movement. In this lesson, we're going to talk about Amedeo Modigliani and see how his work impacted the history of art.

Chagall Lesson Plan

17. Chagall Lesson Plan

Who was Marc Chagall and how did he make his mark in the art world? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline the life and work of this prominent artist. An activity connects students with his well-known works.

Marc Chagall: Biography, Paintings & Artwork

18. Marc Chagall: Biography, Paintings & Artwork

Marc Chagall was a Jewish Russian artist who worked during the 20th century and was known for his abstracted, colorful figures and landscapes. In this lesson, you'll examine his life and works and learn how to identify his unique style.

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