The -Isms of Art

Lesson Title: The -Isms of Art (2 of 5): Impressionism
Academic Standards: National Core Arts Standards (Presenting): Anchor Standard #4. Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation. National Core Arts Standards (Responding): Anchor Standard #7. Perceive and analyze artistic work. National Core Arts Standards (Connecting): Anchor Standard #11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.
Content Creator: Ms. Beth Bachuss
Level: High School
Duration: 45-55 min
  /  The -Isms of Art (2 of 5): Impressionism

Objectives

  • Students will learn about the inventions that helped lead to Impressionism
  • Students will learn about the Salon
  • Students will compare and contrast a work accepted into the Salon of 1863 with works that were rejected
  • Students will compare and contrast four of Monet's paintings from his Rouen Cathedral series
  • Students will analyze works by Manet, Monet, Renoir and Degas
  • Students will participate in an activity where we collaboratively sort artworks by those four artists, analyzing the works by subject matter, style, and use of color
  • Students will view works by Morisot, Cassatt, and Cezanne
  • Students will compare and contrast a work by Cassatt with a Japanese print
  • Students will analyze works by Cezanne and look for precursors of Cubism
  • Students will participate in a field trip through an Impressionist work of art

Description

After an introduction and confirmation that the students are comfortable moving about in VR, we will discuss the events leading up to Impressionism. We will look at works by these artists and discuss how they differed from the ‘acceptable’ art of the time. We will sort artworks by subject matter, style, and use of color. We will also look for signs of styles to come. A field trip through an Impressionist painting ends the session.

Sequence

  1. Introduction
  2. VR locomotion
  3. Two inventions that changed art
  4. The Salon
  5. The Salon des Refuses
  6. Manet's Gang
  7. The first Impressionist exhibit
  8. The transience of color and an examination of Monet's Rouen Cathedral series
  9. Manet, Monet, Renoir, and Degas
  10. Analysis / sorting activity
  11. Morisot, Cassatt (with Japanese influence), and Cezanne (looking ahead to Cubism)
  12. Hands-on activity sorting artworks by style / time period
  13. Preview of next class
  14. Recommended reading
  15. Field trip inside an Impressionist painting

Demonstratives & Media

Classroom Space
Virtual Field Trips & Lab Demonstrations
Instructional Videos
3D objects

Suggested Ancillary Support

The Annotated Mona Lisa, Strickland, 2007

Art History for Dummies, Wilder, 2007

https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/art-history

Isms:  Understanding Art, Little, 2004

Isms:  Understanding Modern Art, Phillips, 2013

The Art Book, DK, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71lZVWgK4ig

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxUI9Tbq01s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MT8_uSuqyY

Notes