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Impressionism. Discovering Links Between the Arts. Michael Archer Gwen Keohane Laura Laude Emily Paolini Alex Reid. What is an Impression?. An effect, feeling, or image retained as a consequence of experience A vague notion, remembrance, or belief. Community of Learners.

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Discovering Links Between the Arts

Michael Archer

Gwen Keohane

Laura Laude

Emily Paolini

Alex Reid

What is an impression

What is an Impression?


An effect, feeling, or image retained as a consequence of experience

A vague notion, remembrance, or belief

Community of learners

Community of Learners

  • High School General Music Course

  • Previous Exploratory Courses

    • Art, Music, Dance

  • English Courses

    • Poetry, Narrative, etc.

  • Preconceptions of Learners?

Curriculum objectives

Curriculum Objectives

  • Impressionism as a Subject of Cross-Curricular Study

  • Evaluating Impressionism as an important movement in History

    • Connections to features in the arts and music of today

  • Using Impressionism to foster creativity and higher order thinking skills

Blooms taxonomy

Blooms Taxonomy

  • Revised Blooms Taxonomy

    • Lorin Anderson, 1990

      • Remembering

      • Understanding

      • Applying

      • Analyzing

      • Evaluating

      • Creating

Mary Cassatt, Children Playing On the Beach, Oil On Canvas: 1884

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Blooms Taxonomy

  • Remembering: names, facts, and dates

  • Understanding: History in context, how the art movement used characteristics of Impressionistic ideals

  • Applying: Take what they know about Impressionism in art and utilize that with music of the period.

  • Analyzing: How one piece compares to another, what kind of effect artist is trying to create

  • Evaluating: How a piece makes them feel, what images or moods are created

  • Creating: Watercolor, short poem or dialogue, dance, musical piece

Multiple intelligences learning styles

Multiple Intelligences Learning Styles

  • Multi-Disciplinary Study

  • Social Constructivist and Direct Instruction

    • Lecture and Group Work: Connecting the Curriculum to Everyday Experiences

  • Varied Media and Teaching Strategies

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Multiple IntelligencesLearning Styles

  • Introductory Lesson

    • Intrapersonal, Interpersonal Intelligences

    • Visual and Auditory Learners

  • Visual Art Lesson

    • Kinesthetic, Spatial, Musical, Interpersonal Intelligences

    • Visual and Tactile Learners

  • Literature Lesson

    • Linguistic, Musical, Intrapersonal, Interpersonal Intelligences

    • Visual/Verbal Learners

  • Dance Lesson

    • Kinesthetic, Linguistic, Musical, Spatial, Interpersonal Intelligences

    • Visual and Tactile Learners

  • Music Lesson

    • Musical, Linguistic, Intrapersonal, Interpersonal Intelligences

    • Auditory Learners



  • Social Constructivism

    • Topics that Connect with Students’ Interests

  • The “Hook”: Ink Blots

  • Fostering Creativity, Interaction with Peers

    • Sharing their Own Personal Feelings

  • Viewing “The Arts” as a Whole



  • Comprehension of Material

  • Daily Assignments

    • Applying the Concepts of Impressionism to Class-work

      • Concept Mastery vs. “Quality” of Creation

  • Final Project

Eduoard Manet, Luncheon on the Grass, Oil On Canvas: 1863

Lesson i introduction

Lesson I: Introduction

  • Lecture: Overview of Impressionism

    • What is Impressionism?

    • Louis Leroy

      • Claude Monet, Impression: Sunrise

    • How is Impressionism linked to Human Emotion?

    • Key Concepts

    • Instructional Objectives

Lesson ii visual art

Lesson II: Visual Art

  • Lecture (Brief)

    • Historical Timeline of Impressionism in Art

    • Styles and Techniques of Painting

  • Discussion of Paintings:

    • Lecture Notes, Power Point Slides, Walls!

  • Create Your Own!

  • Instructional Objectives


Watercolor by Sage B., Conwego Valley Intermediate School, 5th Grade

Lesson iii literature

Lesson III: Literature

  • Icebreaker Activity:

    • How does the music make you feel?

  • Lecture

    • Concepts of Symbolism

  • Poetry: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

  • Maeterlink, Pelleas et Melisande

  • Create Your Own!

  • Instructional Objectives

Lesson v dance

Lesson V: Dance

  • Opening Discussion: Modern Dances

  • Lecture: Dance of the Impressionism Era

    • Pictures of Dancers in Motion

  • Video: Dancers in Action

  • Discussion: Concept Mastery

  • Group Work and Presentation

  • Instructional Objectives

Edgar Degas, Little Fourteen Year Old Dancer, Bronze and Fabric: 1880-81

Lesson iv music

Lesson IV: Music

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Woman Playing a Guitar, Oil On Canvas: 1896-97

Impressionism in music

Impressionism In Music

  • Surfaced in France

  • Composers felt possibilities had been exhausted

    • Explored exotic rhythms, scales, and colors

  • Contrasts traditional sounds of western music



  • Tone combinations

  • Chromaticism, Whole-Tone Scale

  • Parallel motion; primary intervals

  • Ninth chords

  • Orchestral color

  • Rhythm

  • Small forms



  • Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

  • Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

  • Frederick Delius (1862-1934)

  • Charles Griffes (1884-1920)

Claude debussy 1862 1918

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

  • Most important composer of early 20th Century

  • Considered art to be a sensuous experience, like other painters and writers

  • Romanticism did not work for him

    • Turned against traditional form; art of indirection

    • Subtle and discreet

    • Expressed in short, flexible forms

    • Mood pieces

      • Images of Impressionistic painting

Debussy s famous works

Debussy’s Famous Works

  • Pelléas and Mélisande

  • Prelude to “The Afternoon of a Faun”

  • Three Nocturnes

    • Clouds, Festivals, Sirens

  • La Mer (the sea)

  • Claire de lune

Claude Debussy

Listening activity

Listening Activity

Claude Debussy, The Sunken Cathedral

As you are listening, write down the impression that is left on you by the music.

Use descriptive words such as colors, emotions, people, objects, animals, etc.

Claude Monet, Rouen Cathedral Series, Oil On Canvas: 1894

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