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Unit Title: Impressionism and Neo- Impressionism

Teacher: Kylee Williams


Grade: 4th
Length: 2 weeks
Essential Question(s):
1) What characteristics and expressions guide the creation of works of art?
2) How are artists in a similar time period influenced by one another?
3) How is the subject matter of a work of art related to the artist's interests?
Colorado State Standards:
Content Area: Visual Arts
Standard 1: Observe and Learn to Comprehend
1. Artists and viewers determine artistic intent by comparing and contrasting the
characteristics and expressive features of art and design
2. Works of art articulate and express different points of view
3. Artists, viewers and patrons respond to works of art using inference and empathy
Unit Goals:
1) By the end of the unit, students will be able to describe and analyze artistic intent
using information about the culture, time in which the work was created, and
artist.
2) By the end of the unit, students will be able to Make inferences about the artist's
feelings and perspective
Unit Assessments:
Pre-assessment: a pre-test will be given at the beginning of the unit to test students knowledge
of previous art periods. This assessment will be in short answer format and will be questions
about the techniques in art, identification of artwork, and the interpretation between works.
Homework Assignment: If in class assignments were not completed during class time, students
are expected to complete artwork or lecture worksheets at home. Students may be asked to
write one paragraph about an artist of their choosing in their sketchbooks.
Sketchbook: A sketchbook will be kept that will contain notes, drawing, and pictures of the
topics covered throughout the unit.

Lecture Notes: Students will be required to fill out a questions sheet while listening to the
lecture (what did you find interesting, what new things did you learn, which works, ideas, and
artists were discussed, etc.).
Mid-unit check: Students will take a mid- unit assessment to measure comprehension of the
content thus far. Students will also turn in their sketchbooks for evaluation of the small art
demonstrations of techniques introduced in the unit.
Unit Evaluation: The students will do art projects in their sketchbooks demonstrating the
techniques discussed and demonstrated throughout the lectures. The student will be creating a
bigger artwork as a final project that the class will critique at the end of the unit.
Unit Overview:
In this unit, students will explore the Impressionist and Neo- Impressionist art movements.
They will learn the similarities and differences between the two art movements and how they
contribute to art history. They will learn how to distinguish these differences in artwork
introduced throughout the unit and through the application of techniques in their sketchbooks.
Students will be shown the artwork of artists of the movement, vocabulary and techniques
directly related to the movements, and how the creation of artwork using these techniques
can.
Main Idea(s):
1) Impressionism and Neo- Impressionism were meant to provide a new perception in
viewing subjects and how artist interpret these perceptions in their artwork.
2) Impressionism has the focus on the effects of light and color, while Neo-Impressionism
focused on the systematic division of color.
Unit Calendar:
Lesson 1: Pre-assessment given at the beginning of class. A brief overview of the unit will be
presented to the students. This lesson will begin to introduce the art period for the unit. They
will be given time to write about their first impressions in their sketchbooks.
Lesson 2: There will be a continuation of the introduction of the art period. Artists such as
Edouard Manet, Paul Cezanne, and Edgar Degas, will be introducing to the students, who will
write about them or sketch ideas in their sketchbooks.

Lesson 3: A beginning overview of artists, providing background information, techniques theyre


known for, and shown well-known artwork, where students will engaged in a discussion while
implementing the newly acquired vocabulary words to express their opinions about the
artwork. Students will be given outlines of vocabulary and dates to keep in their sketchbooks.
Lesson 4: Techniques of Impressionism will be introduced and demonstrated to the class.
Students will complete a sample work in their sketchbooks
Lesson 5: Beginning overview of the Neo- Impressionist. There will be a discussion about the
differences between Impressionism and Neo- Impressionism.
Lesson 6: An introduction to Neo- Impressionist artists. Vocabulary and timeline to be learned
will be outlined. Students will be given a worksheet to work through during lecture and to keep
in their sketchbooks.
Lesson 7: Neo-Impressionist artwork will be introduced to students. Students will engaged in a
discussion while implementing the newly acquired vocabulary words to express their opinions
about the artwork.
Lesson 8: Techniques of Neo-Impressionism will be introduced and demonstrated to the class.
Students will complete a sample work in their sketchbooks.
Lesson 9: Students will begin work on a final project where they will demonstrate techniques
learned throughout the unit.
Lesson 10: Students will begin work on a final project where they will demonstrate techniques
learned throughout the unit.
Lesson 11: Final Critique- students will be presenting their final project in front of the class
while the rest of the class have a critique discussing the students work.
Lesson 12: Final Critique- students will be presenting their final project in front of the class
while the rest of the class have a critique discussing the students work.
Lesson 13: Final Critique- students will be presenting their final project in front of the class
while the rest of the class have a critique discussing the students work.
Resources Needed:
Acrylic Paint, Watercolor paint, watercolor paper, Bristol board, computer, projector,
sketchbooks, pencils, paintbrushes, lecture worksheets