Impressionist Landscapes

Level: Middle School

Duration: Three 45-minute class periods

Historical Overview: French Impressionism and Claude Monet (1840-1926)

Goals and Objectives: To introduce paint with the use of media, color, and light. Students will be able to identify all the colors on the color wheel and learn the techniques of color mixing.

Vocabulary: Landscape, Impressionism, acrylics, warm and cool colors

Materials: Acrylic paints, brushes, plastic containers, canvas


Day 1

  1. Anticipatory Set: Show posters and books of Monet landscapes, specifically those paintings of a particular landscape at different times of the day.
  2. Slide lecture on history of Impressionism.
  3. Class discussion on artist Monet.
  4. Review color wheel.
  5. Review vocabulary.
  6. Demonstrate drawing a sketch and basic painting techniques.
  7. Students create preliminary landscape drawing with charcoals.

Day 2

  1. Teacher demonstrates how to set up palette and mix colors.
  2. Students set up palettes.
  3. Students transfer sketch onto canvas.
  4. Students paint.

Day 3

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

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