Capturing Action like Degas Lesson Plan (2nd Ed)


Meet the Impressionist painter, Degas, while learning about drawing people in action


In this art lesson, students learn about Degas, an Impressionist artist famous for his drawings and paintings of ballet dancers. Then students learn about “movement,” one of the Principles of Design, and about drawing humans in proportion. Then students practice drawing stick-and-ball people in different poses. If time allows, students can flesh the stick-and-ball people out and add clothing, hair, etc.

This 2nd Edition (2019), 26-page lesson plan includes the following:

  • A condensed background on the artist
  • A pair of carefully crafted sentences about Degas (ideal for memorization)
  • 13 printable pictures of the artists’ work (including a self-portrait)
  • A brief overview of “movement,” one of the Principles of Design
  • An overview of how to draw proportional people
  • Vocabulary words and definitions
  • Clear and concise instructions for the art project
  • Materials list: pencil, paper and, if desired, colored pencils
  • A circle and line template for drawing the human figure
  • 4 How to Draw diagrams and 3 additional example figures
  • Suggestions for scaling the project to different skill levels
  • Encore ideas for extending the project and learning through repetition

For more info and some extra photos, check out the blog post Capturing Action like Degas.

I designed this lesson plan for use in our Classical Conversations community (Cycle 2, Week 15 for Fine Arts), but you could easily use it in a variety of situations.

References to Classical Conversations do not constitute or imply endorsement by the company.

This item is also available, at a discount, within the Baroque – Impressionist Artists DELUXE Package- Cycle 2 (2019), which includes 6 lesson plans and is ideal for weeks 13-18 of Fine Arts in a cycle 2 Classical Conversations Foundations community.

Baroque – Impressionist Artists DELUXE Package- Cycle 2 (2019)


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Single User (and up to 10 students), 2-4 Users (and up to 40 students), 5-10 Users (and up to 100 students)


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