Lesson Plan

Light in Painting

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How do painters use and manipulate light in their artwork to give emphasis and establish mood and emotion? Pupils will analyze a few examples of landscape and portrait painting in order to explore the how light is used in art, and will then produce original artwork based on their learning experience.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • If you have access to technology such as photo editing software, consider exploring lighting in photographs as an extension activity
Classroom Considerations
  • The images provided in the lesson plan are black-and-white. You will need to locate images of the chosen art pieces elsewhere in order to present them accurately and effectively
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