Art Lesson Plan: Chagall - Oil Pastels Drawing

Chagall - Oil Pastels Drawing

Submitted by: Stephanie Corder, AZ Academy, U.S. Virgin Islands
Lesson: Nature of Chagall - "I and the Village"
Grade Level: Elementary (primary grades)



By studying the art and style of Marc Chagall, students will create a surreal piece of art representing themselves and their surroundings and illustrating Chagall’s quote, "Great art picks up where nature ends."



18"X24" (46 x 61 cm) Drawing Paper.
Oil Pastels.



Marc Chagall. - Presents a biography of Marc Chagall for grades K-5.

Marc Chagall: What Colour Is Paradise?. - Gr. 4-8. This title uses Chagall's biographical paintings to introduce his life story and work. In the opening scenes, Chagall's images of his childhood town illustrate stories about the artist's early years.



Chagall's I and the Village and a variety of examples of Marc Chagall's work emphasizing his use of color and emotion.

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Content Vocabulary:

Elements: color, form, shape, value
Principles: balance, contrast
Other: 2-dimensional, culture, historical period, fantasy, surreal



1. Introduce students to the art and style of Chagall, engaging them in discussion about his work, and use of intense color to create a dreamlike effect. It might be a good touch to have Chagall mugs and other items on each table for them to view.
2. Instruct students to write "Great art picks up where nature ends" around the perimeter of their papers.
3. Using black oil pastel, have students draw a house, then turn their papers, and draw themselves holding something they like, turn the papers again and draw trees and/or flowers, have them include a sun or moon with a face.
4. Once their paper is filled, they may render their illustrations with oil pastels taking care to use lots of intense color just like Chagall.


Curriculum Standards:

1-A (PK - 4) Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes.
1-B (PK - 4) Students describe how different materials, techniques, and processes cause different responses.
1-D (PK - 4) Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner.
2-B (PK - 4) Students describe how different expressive features and organizational principles cause different responses.
2-C (PK - 4) Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas.
3-A (PK - 4) Students explore and understand prospective content for works of art.
5-B (PK - 4) Students describe how people's experiences influence the development of specific artworks.
6-B (PK - 4) Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum.


Sample Rubric:

Project: ________________________________ Name ____________________ Class ______________




Mastery – 3 pts

Advancing – 2pts

Novice – 1 pt


Developing skills at grade level – Shows growth - takes risks to discover

I produce high quality, creative work. I show originality and take risks to learn new.

Understanding and application of Art Concepts and lesson objectives

I apply all art concepts, especially those stressed for the project. I solve problems myself.

Participation and effort

I always participate in class and always use class time well

Use and care of Materials

I used all materials appropriately with no reminders. I always clean up


I always follow all classroom rules and never cause a classroom disturbance. I am Always helpful.

S+=15-11 S=10-6 NI=5-0 Total


Art Concept (s):

Artists use color for emotion - Artists use their imagination - Surreal art is fantasy (beyond real).


Lesson Objectives:

Create a surreal piece of art representing themselves and their surroundings and illustrating Chagall’s quote, "Great art picks up where nature ends".

Show effective use of color - use design principles.


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