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MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Impressionism at the MFA

Explore the MFA's Impressionism collection to learn about the artists, their innovative techniques and subject matter. From vivid landscapes to Parisian cafés, Impressionists left their mark on art history as revolutionary and modern.

Learning goals:

Students will learn:

- To look closely and make visual observations about art, as well as supporting their ideas by grounding them in a work of art.

- About the Impressionists’ unique artistic techniques and approaches to art, including color theory.

- About Impressionism’s significance in art history, as revolutionary, modern and highly influential.

Using this resource:

- Visual Art teachers and students will be interested in Impressionist style, techniques and new approaches to art.

- World History teachers and students will be interested in how the Impressionists captured the social and economic changes in late 19th century France.

- Foreign Language teachers and students will be interested in the Impressionists’ depiction of French culture and life during the late 19th century.

The objects in this lesson are just a beginning. We encourage you to explore the Museum's online collection through this web source--or even better, to visit the Museum and walk through the physical galleries--to look for other objects that will provide further insights into this exhibition.

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