CEZANNE art resources for Teachers

Making Connections with Art History: Paul Cézanne

When children create art and find real way to connect to an artist or a painting, the experience is both magical and impactful. Many artists felt the same way when they were creating their masterpieces. They felt better when they could express how they felt in the every day moments while they painted.

Here are a few ways you can help your students connect to Paul Cézanne:

• He painted ordinary, everyday scenes in his still life and landscape paintings.
• He loved nature and using bright colors.
• He used color to show form and depth.
• He was inspired by the food he bought at the open-air market in his hometown of Aix-en-Provence.
• He wanted to capture the beauty of his hometown.

Just like in Cézanne’s time, open-air markets continue to be an important tradition of French everyday life. Markets are a great way to buy fresh food directly from farmers, and also give shoppers a chance to talk to the farmers and visit with each other, creating a sense of community.

On market day, Aix really comes to life. Imagine being Cézanne walking through the market; he smelled the aromas of the cheese, observed the bright colors, tasted the tangy fruit. The next time you go shopping, think about what Cézanne might have heard, smelled, tasted, and seen.

After shopping, Cézanne would return home, arrange the fruits and vegetables on his table and paint them. This arrangement is called a Still Life Painting. He would walk all around the table and paint what he saw from all sides and angles. He wanted to paint how he felt seeing the bright color and tasting the sweetness of the food.

Here are a few ways to help your students make real connections with Cézanne:

What to THINK about:

  • What are your favorite foods?
  • Where do you shop for food? What smells, colors and sounds come from this place?
  • What is special about your hometown?
CEZANNE art resources for Teachers

Key words to use when talking with students: inspiration, expression, feelings, experience, seeing, everyday, ordinary, food, fruit, market, shopping, color, still-life

What to ASK during a painting critique:

• What do you see in the painting?
• What do you like or dislike about the painting?
• What do you think the artist was feeling when he created it?
• What do they feel when looking at it?
• Do the colors show an emotion?
• Is there a story that can be told?


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  • madelinel

    I just love this download information on Paul Cezanne. It is wonderful that the copies were 2 sided on each page
    .Thank you, so much Patty.

    • Patty

      I think that’s a printer option but you’re welcome!

  • Debbie Lajoie

    I’m unable to open the download because I don’t know what type of file it is. Could you please let me know so I can get the appropriate app.
    Thank you.


    • Patty

      Hi Debbie. It’s just a PDF. Your computer will download it automatically.

      • Tanja

        Dear Patty, I’m unable to open the download, too.
        It is not PDF, I don’t know this type of file.
        Could you please send me a PDF.
        Thank you!

        • Patty

          Hi Tanja. I’m sorry you are having trouble. That’s so frustrating. To open a PDF, make sure your computer has a PDF application like Adbobe. Its free. But first, make sure you are entering your name and email so we can send you the PDF. If you are having trouble, you can also google how to open PDF’s on your computer. Hope that helps.

          • Tanja

            Dear Patty,
            I have all aplications but this is not a PDF file.
            I work with Adobe programs (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop…) and I have everything for work but download is not ok 🙁

            • Patty

              Just take a screenshot of your error and contact support@deepspacesparkle.com We have tested the link many times and it works for us so I assume it just must be a compatibility error. Thank you!

  • Rebecca

    This download is not appearing in PDF format when I download it. I can only open a word document with characters all over the pages.

    • Patty

      Hi Rebecca,
      Do you have Adobe? I tested it and it seems to be downloading fine.Perhaps another computer?

  • Ronnie Spilsbury

    The Cezanne free download arrived in my email but was not converted to PDF like other downloads not sure why?

  • Cindy

    I can not open this download, and i have a brand new computer, so I know it’s not the computer.

    • Bethany

      Hi Cindy. If you are having problems still please feel free to reach out to us at support@deepspacesparkle.com and we can work with you to help solve your downloading trouble.

  • Lisa

    these resources are great!

  • Lisa

    these resources are great and very helpful to me in the art room.

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