Teachers Lesson Plans

Canadian Painting in the Thirties

Grade K-3

My Abstraction:
After showing students the works in the Canadian Painting in the Thirties lesson plan, especially the work of Lawren S. Harris, White Triangle, ask them to identify and select several geometric shapes. Students will then, using these shapes, create two abstract compositions, one using cool colours and the other using warm colours.

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Grade 4-6

Home Sweet Home:
After showing students the works in the Canadian Painting in the Thirties lesson plan, especially the work of L.L. FitzGerald, Doc Snider's House; Carl Schaefer?s, Ontario Farmhouse; David Milne?s, Ollie Matson's House Is Just a Square Red Cloud, students will discuss the idea of home. They will bring a picture of their own home, transfer it onto drawing paper and divide the home in two. One side will be rendered realistically and the other half will be stylized with all the details greatly simplified.

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Grade 7-8

Social realism:
After showing students the works in the Canadian Painting in the Thirties lesson plan, especially the work Petroushka by Paraskeva Clark and Millar Brittain?s, Longshoremen, ask them to find a contemporary image of social strife and to bring it to class. Students will use the image to look at how the principles and elements of design can be altered to enhance the message.

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Grade 9-12

Me or You in the 30?s:
After showing students the works in the Canadian Painting in the Thirties lesson plan, especially the work of John Lyman, Woman with a White Collar, ask them to bring in a photograph of themselves or their favourite culture or sports hero. Students will then make a portrait painting in the modernist style.

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