Painting Landscapes Like Gainsborough Lesson Plan (2nd Ed)


Learn about Britain’s most famous portrait painter and the art of landscapes!


In this art lesson, students will learn about the British Baroque painter, Thomas Gainsborough. THen students will create a landscape painting with an imaginative background of their choice.

This 2nd Edition (2019) 17-page lesson plan includes the following:

  • A condensed background on the artist
  • A carefully crafted sentence about the artist that’s ideal for memorization
  • 9 Printable pictures of the artists’ work (including a self-portrait),
  • An overview of landscapes and a “Creating Landscapes” handout
  • “Methods of Perspective” Poster
  • Vocabulary words and definitions
  • Clear and concise instructions for the art project
  • Materials list- common painting supplies
  • A landscape template with a boy (so the students can focus on drawing the landscape),
  • 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 Painting Landscapes Like Gainsborough.

I designed this lesson plan for use in our Classical Conversations community (Cycle 2, Week 14 for Fine Arts), but you could easily use it in a variety of situations.

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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.

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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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