Eighth grade students learned about Impressionism and Post-Impressionism and then used their research to inspire their own Impressionist painting. Each student brought in a photograph they had taken as a base for starting their painting. They used the grid technique to enlarge their photograph onto a 16x20 canvas board.
During the painting stage of this unit, students were only allowed to use white, yellow, blue and red paint. They were also encouraged to mix colors directly on the canvas rather than on a palette in order to enhance the impressionist feel of their paintings. These restrictions helped students move beyond the concept of creating a realistic version of their photograph and helped them think about the colors and light in a more natural manner.