Genre Painting: Humble and Societal Roles

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Genre Painting: Humble and Societal Roles




In this unit, learners will discuss the artworks of Irving, Kidd, Dupre, and Allston from the CMA, as they portray depictions in society and everyday life. The artists Brueghal the elder, Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, and Grant Wood will also be studied in conjunction with the art of genre painting. This will be an art history unit with dramatic tableaux exercises. The learner will then create his/her own genre art collage depicting a personal “Day in the Life” scene.


Kara Luke


-John Beaufain Irving, Wine Tasters, 1865; CMA 1985.99
-William Kidd, The Poacher, 1818; CMA 1974.258
-Julien Dupre, Home From the Pasture; CMA 1962.36
-Washington Allston, Coast Scene on the Mediterranean, 1811; CMA 1957.14


Handheld Art


Columbia Museum of Art

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16 classes


Visual Arts Standards:
Standard 1: The student will demonstrate competence in the use of ideas, materials, techniques, and processes in the creation of works of visual art.
Standard 3: The student will examine the content of works of visual art and use elements from them in creating his or her own works.
Standard 4: The student will understand the visual arts in relation to history and world cultures and the technologies, tools, and materials used by artists.

Integrated CCSS:
SC Theater in High School:
II. ACTING. Acting by developing basic acting skills to portray characters who interact in improvised and scripted scenes.


The learner will:
-discuss the concept of genre paintings
-discuss the artists from the CMA as well as Brueghal the Elder, Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, and Grant Wood and their use of creating a moment in time, capturing daily lives of those around them
-participate in a tableaux dramatic exercise, becoming part of the genre painting experience
-formulate one’s own genre photograph “A Day in the Life”
-create a collage artwork depicting their own genre scene, as a time capsule of their life


Props for tableaux exercises, camera, paper, rulers, magazines, scissors, Elmer’s glue, pencils, personal props for each learner

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