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This is an Impressionism lesson that includes excellent learning activities for your middle, high school, and college students. The lesson includes working in groups to analyze art, an easy mnemonic device, reading and analyzing primary source materials to uncover the critical reaction, and discussing how inventions impacted art. Follow up this lesson with an Impressionist landscape project, included in the PowerPoint.
The lesson involves analyzing works from the first Impressionist exhibit in 1874 in groups and then reading primary source critiques of the art. I think it is important to teach students how revolutionary Impressionism really was, because their art style is pretty normal to us (think hospital and hotel rooms!). It’s fun to hear in the critics own words how they viewed the art.
The following files are included in this Impressionism lesson:
- Lesson Plan with Art Information (PDF)
- Main Lesson PowerPoint
- First Impressionist Exhibit PowerPoint
- Comparing Portraits PowerPoint
- Conventions In-Class Activity (DOC, PDF)
- Reactions In-Class Activity (DOC, PDF)
- Reactions Homework Assignment (DOC, PDF)
- Primary Source Reviews (DOC, PDF)
- Quiz Option 1 (DOC, PDF)
- Quiz Option 1 Answer Key (PDF))
- Quiz Option 2 (DOC, PDF)
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