Free Lesson Plan: Expressionist Painting with Acrylic Paints

Expressionist Painting – Acrylic Paints

Level: Middle School

Duration: Two 45-minute class periods

Historical Overview: German Expressionism and Emil Nolde

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 images of different Emil Nolde works.
  2. Slide lecture on history of Expressionism.
  3. Class discussion 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 Emil Nolde and color mixing.
  2. Students set up palettes.
  3. Students transfer sketch onto canvas that expresses a mood.
  4. Students paint.

Day 3

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


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