Learn About Expressionist Painting

Level: Middle School

Duration: 2, 45 minute class periods

Historical Overview: German Expressionism and Emil Nolde (1867-1956)

Goals and Objectives: To introduce expressive uses of paint media

Vocabulary: German Expressionism, acrylics, impasto

Materials: Acrylic paints, brushes, plastic containers


Day 1

  1. Anticipatory Set: Show posters and books of Emil Nolde’s paintings.
  2. Slide lecture on history of Expressionism.
  3. Class discussion on artist Emil Nolde.
  4. Review color wheel.
  5. Review vocabulary.
  6. Demonstrate basic impasto painting techniques.
  7. Students create preliminary drawing with charcoals.

Day 2

  1. Teacher demonstrates how to set up similar palette to what Emil Nolde used and how to mix color.
  2. Students set up palettes.
  3. Students transfer sketch that expresses a mood onto canvas.
  4. Students paint.

Day 3

  1. Students develop criteria.
  2. Students pick best painting.
  3. Students critique paintings.

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