These worksheets are part of my "Monday with the Masters" series but you could call it "Masterpiece Monday", "Famous Artist Friday", whatever you want! It's just a fun and easy way to get some Art History into my classroom, something that isn't always easy with middle school. This particular set of worksheets is for 10 of the world's most famous Impressionist painters. Many times, I try to match the Master to the style of the current type of project we are working on, but sometimes I just grab one and go!
On Mondays, the stack of handouts and index cards are there for the students to grab as they enter the room. Over the course of the week, they are responsible for filling out the form's 5 sections and, once graded, will keep it in their notebook.
Date of Birth-Date of Death and Place of Birth
5 Facts about the artist: This could be anything from the medium they were most famous for to who they were married to.
3 Works by the Artist: You could require them to find the 3 most famous or just let them find any 3. Generally, they will Google and, by default, will come up with the 3 most famous anyway!
Place Image Here: I leave a stack of 4x6 index cards next to the handouts and each student is to recreate a work of their choice on this card. Once complete, the student uses a glue stick to attach their recreation to their worksheet. You can determine how to deal with sculptors that may not have an easily-reproduced painting or drawing. I have had them print and paste images if they don't wish to draw a sketch of the piece, but I also take points off for that method. (You may also wonder why I don't allow them to draw directly onto the worksheet, and that is because if they mess up it is much easier for them to get a new index card and from the box, and repeat just that step, than for me to have to give them another sheet to fill out in its entirety.)
Title of Work: This should be the title of the recreated piece.
This has been a great way to quickly introduce middle school students to an artist without boring them to death with an art history lecture. Plus, giving them the chance to do it on their own time helps them feel more in control of their learning and retain the information better.
Monday with the Masters Impressionist Edition
by Emily Thompson
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