Art meets informational text with this drawing activity in which students use whimsical contour drawings in a variety of orientations to create a surrealistic composition in the style of artist Marc Chagall.
The lesson is introduced with a “looking at art” session that asks students to observe, identify, and discuss the details in Chagall’s art with a focus on subject matter arrangement and the use of line, color, shape, and space. After discussing Chagall’s work, students create their own surrealistic drawings.
Chagall-inspired Drawing is bundled with two other lessons in Abstract Art for Kids
This lesson includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- directions for the art activity itself
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing art
- suggestions for writing about art
- photographs of student work for reference
- photographs of lesson charts for reference
• About Marc Chagall - informational text artist biography
• Thinking about Marc Chagall - a “draw and write” response worksheet
• Thinking About Abstract Art - an art reflection worksheet
This comprehensive art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis.
National Core Visual Arts Standards are listed at the beginning of the lesson.
Because I teach in California, this lesson also includes a list of the California Visual Arts Standards addressed for suggested grade levels. Please note that listed grade levels are suggestions only; any of these lessons can be simplified or made more complex to work for any elementary grade.
More artist-inspired art lessons:
- inspired by Keith Haring
Mona Lisa-inspired Self-Portrait
For more art-making ideas and suggestions:
Start With Art
-- perfect for back-to-school
Making Time For Art
-- a free download
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have a Multiple Subjects credential, a Single Subject credential for Art and English, LDS/ESL certification, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics focus, and Montessori certification. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
lessons and resources are designed to foster student creativity, choice, and independence, and to encourage authentic art-making. Consideration is given to developmental appropriateness, differentiation possibilities, and teacher individuality. For this reason, directions are general, expectations are open-ended, and clip art on student pages is kept to a minimum.
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