Comparing Asian and Impressionist Landscapes
- Grade Level: Middle School, High School
- Subject Area: Art
Students draw on the knowledge of Asian and Impressionist landscapes they have gained during the previous two lessons.
- Reflect on the similarities and differences found in the two genres of landscape painting they have been viewing.
Materials and Resources
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- Special hardware requirements: None.
- Special software requirements: None.
- Internet access: High-speed (greater than 1 MBPS via network).
- Have students recap the basic stylistic elements that characterize each genre of painting. Illustrate elements using both works that students have completed and reviewing on-line paintings at the two museum locations. Use the original questions to guide the comparisons of Asian and Impressionist landscapes:
- What is the natural subject matter the painter chose to depict?
- How realistic is the painting-- does it look just like something you have seen in nature?
- How has the artist used color in the picture? What sort of feeling or experience does this use of color evoke?
- Is the pigment the artist used opaque or transparent? What sort of techniques do you think might have been used to achieve this effect?
- How has the artist used line in the picture? What sort of feeling or experience does this use of line evoke?
- How is the illusion of space created in the piece?
- What three words would you use to describe this painting?
- Ask students to draw on the biographical material they read about various artists as part of the comparative process.
- The Art of China
This site has resources on a variety of Chinese art forms, including paintings, pottery, and calligraphy.
- Works by Ando Hiroshige at the Web Museum
This site includes both pictures by Hiroshige, a Japanese artist who worked during the early to mid-1800s, and a brief biography and discussion of his work.
- Works by Katsushika Hokusai at the Web Museum
This site provides both pictures by Hokusai, a Japanese artist who worked during the mid-1800s, and a brief biography and discussion of his work.
- Works by Claude Monet at the Web Museum
This site provides a brief biography and discussion of Monet's works in addition to samples of his work throughout his career.
- Works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir at the Web Museum
This site provides a brief biography and discussion of Renoir's works in addition to samples of his work throughout his career.
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