Lesson Plan on How to Paint With Oil Pastels

Toulouse Lautrec

Level: Middle School

Duration: Two 45-minute class periods

Historical Overview:

Goals and Objectives: To introduce figurative drawing styles by various artists and oils pastel techniques.

Vocabulary: Oil pastels washes

Materials: Oil pastels, paper towel, water soluble oil pastels, payons (water soluble crayons), water soluble pencils, brushes, containers, and black ink


Day 1

  1. Anticipatory Set: Show posters and books of art by Toulouse Lautrec.
  2. Slide lecture on history of figure drawing.
  3. Class discussion on artists.
  4. Review vocabulary.
  5. Demonstrate drawing techniques.
  6. Students create preliminary figure studies with ink washes and oil pastels.

Day 2

  1. Students set up palettes.
  2. Students transfer sketch onto colored paper.
  3. Students work on final drawing.

Day 3

  1. Students develop criteria.
  2. Students pick best drawing.
  3. Students critique drawings.

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