From Futurism to Cubism (and everything in between) in this free and downloadable lesson plan about art movements, students will learn about some of the world’s most famous art movements, the history behind them, and what sets them apart from one another. Students will also be exposed to artists who are exemplars of each famous art movement.

With many students being visual learners this is a great lesson plan if you’re looking for ways to engage your students using interactive activities and engaging their creativity.

In this free and downloadable lesson plan, we provide students with an introduction to influential artists and how to define an art movement based on key visual characteristics. In this lesson plan, students will:

  • Become familiar with popular art movements around the world. Students will learn to identify what art movements are, and some of the key elements that define an art movement.
  • Learn about famous artists attached to specific art movements. Students will be able to discuss the significant contributions these artists have made to the art world.
  • How to create a visually engaging presentation. Students will take these learnings and create a presentation that allows them to present these findings to their classmates. 

Students will then be given an activity, where they can use Canva to create their presentation. To take part in this lesson, students will require:

  • Access to a computer or mobile device
  • Internet connection
  • A Canva login

To take the lesson one step further, the teacher can assign a particular Canva template to the entire class. Next, they must modify that template to represent the art movement and style of a particular artist. Or, students can generate a business card for a mystery artist. Students will use the visual design to guess who the business card belongs to.

For more on this lesson, download the PDF Lesson Plan.


Written by
Terri Eichholz

Terri Eichholz teaches gifted students in Kinder through 5th grades in San Antonio, TX. She's been an educator for 24 years, and is a proponent of guiding students to create, problem-solve, and personalize their own learning. You can read more on her blog, "Engage Their Minds," or follow her on Twitter (@terrieichholz).