Free Lesson Plan: Oil Pastel Styles and Techniques

Oil Pastel and Talouse Lautrec

Level: Middle School

Duration: Two 45-minute class periods

Historical Overview:

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

Vocabulary: Oil pastel washes

Materials: Oil pastels, paper towel, water soluble oil pastels, Prang Payons water soluble crayons, water soluble pencils, brushes, containers, and black ink


Day 1

  1. Anticipatory Set: Show posters and books of images of different drawing by Talouse 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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