Teachers Lesson Plans

Social realism: Grade 7-8


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.


Students will define the principles and elements of design.


Students will organize the artwork to create emphasis and asymmetry.


Students will use grade appropriate vocabulary and art terminology.

Cross Curriculum Links:

This lesson plan also explores the subject areas of Language Arts and History.


2 45-minute periods