Modern Masters Art Lesson Plans

Modern Masters introduces children to the wonderful world of Van Gogh, Cézanne, Chagall and Matisse. Using  famous paintings to understand the artist’s styles, children reproduce their own paintings. These lessons are classic examples of how mixing art history with simple techniques can create the most beautiful works of art that every parent will want to frame!

This 27-page booklet features four complete lessons and is perfect for grades 3-6.

The booklet includes:

  • An introduction to each artist and their paintings
  • Detailed steps to draw and paint in a student-created photo-tutorial (no adult art here!)
  • Handouts (2) to assist the novice teacher or self-guided student
  • Student gallery
  • Literature connection for Chagall.
  • Resource for art supplies.



This booklet is best for grades 3 to 6 as it is requires slightly more focus than booklets designed for younger grades. The booklet features two techniques that are an art teacher’s best friend: double-loading painting technique and creating value with chalk pastel. Both techniques feature full photo-tutorials.

While these lessons can be taught with the use of a drawing handout, the lesson on Cézanne and Van Gogh focuses on observational skills. Use whatever you have around your house to set up a still life and watch the students delight in drawing what they see. All of the lessons can be completed in only two 50-minute classes. I was surprised at how quickly the students completed the projects. That’s the benefits of chalk and tempera paint!





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  1. Megan Swartz says:

    I love it! The pages are stunning in themselves-the whole book is so professional looking and attractive. You provide so much information and the steps are mapped out so carefully. The lessons are easy to follow, colorful, and exciting. It is so hard to find worthwhile books for art teachers-yours are perfect. Thank you for the time you put into these lessons-I feel like I got much, much more than my money’s worth! Can’t wait to try these!

    • Patty says:

      Wow. That’s quite an endorsement! Thanks so much, Megan. I really appreciate the kind words. I love this lesson plan as well. Mostly, I couldn’t believe how well my students did with the paintings. There is nothing more beautiful to me than children’s art!

  2. I agree! So great to see you doing more art history. I have a soft spot in my heart for “The Masters”- Bravo!

  3. Catherine says:

    WOW, this is brilliant! THANK YOU so much for sharing! My students in Sweden will love these lessons!

    Best regards, Catherine

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  5. Sherri says:

    How do you “fix” the chalk pastels? Thanks!

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I teach art to 400 school children in Goleta, California. My art library contains hundreds of free art lesson ideas. My shop has art lesson plans, videos and resources to help you teach art to kids. It's a whole lot easier with Deep Space Sparkle.

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