The -Isms of Art

Lesson Title: The -Isms of Art (4 of 5): c. 1900 to WWII
Academic Standards: National Core Arts Standards (Creating): Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work. 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 (4 of 5): c. 1900 to WWII


  • Students will analyze artwork in a variety of styles
  • Students will compare works by different artists in each style
  • Students will learn about the Armory show of 1913 and how it impacted artists in the US
  • Students will view works in the following -isms:
    • Fauvism
    • Expressionism
    • Cubism
    • Dada
    • Surrealism
    • Modern Sculpture (including several styles)
  • Students will analyze the mechanics of a mobile by Alexander Calder
  • Students will create a 3D mocel of a mobile using the 3D pen


After an introduction and confirmation that the students are comfortable moving about in VR, we will discuss the styles of art that branched out from Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. We will look at works by artists working in these styles and discuss how they differ from each other. We will examine modern sculpture as well. We will also learn about the Armory Show of 1913 and how it impacted art in the United States. We will end the session by creating a virtual mobile using the 3D pen.


  1. Introduction
  2. VR locomotion
  3. Fauvism
  4. Expressionism
  5. Cubism
  6. Armory Show of 1913
  7. Dada
  8. Surrealism
  9. Sculpture
  10. Hands-on activity with the 3D pen

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

Isms:  Understanding Art, Little, 2004

Isms:  Understanding Modern Art, Phillips, 2013


The Art Book, DK, 2017