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I teach one unit on impressionism in seventh grade Art, focusing on Renoir's masterpiece “Luncheon of the Boating Party.”

Observation and Context
After an introduction to the impressionist period and style (looking at paintings and analyzing them), we engage in a series of warm-up activities, including wearing period hats while reading primary source quotes and getting together in groups to write diamante poems about impressionism, using impressionist vocabulary.

Empathy
We study the “Luncheon of the Boating Party” and then bring it to life in the art room. We create a tableau vivant, with each student dressed as and reading narratives about the characters in the painting. Then we have our own luncheon of the boating party, with French food and drawing activities.

Connections
During this “luncheon” the music teacher presents impressionist music the students have created on garage band. The dance teacher also has performed an impressionist piece with one of the students.

Synthesis
The students create pastel drawings in the style of Renoir and we take a trip to the Phillips Collection to see the original “Luncheon of the Boating Party.”