6th Grade "Summer Evening" By Edward Hopper Lesson Plan Example

Topic: Understanding mood and setting within paintings

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify the mood and setting within a painting and explain their reasoning.


  • Picture of a painting
  • Pencils and paper for sketching and note-taking


  • Ask students to close their eyes and visualize a picture in their head. Ask them to describe the scene to the class, including any details they notice.

Direct Instruction

  • Introduce the painting "Summer Evening" by Edward Hopper to the class. Ask students to describe what they see in the painting.
  • As a class, discuss the mood and setting of the painting. How does the artist use color, line, and composition to create this mood and setting?
  • Using the activity handouts, have students practice identifying different moods and settings in art works and describing how the artist uses visual elements to create them.

Guided Practice

  • Divide the class into small groups and give each group a set of art works to review and discuss.
  • Have students work together to identify the mood and setting of each art work and explain how the artist creates this mood/setting.
  • Bring together the small group for a class discussion to share their findings and insights.

Independent Practice

  • Have students choose a painting that interests them and research the artist and the painting to find out more about the mood and setting the artist has created in the painting.
  • Students will create a project that communicates their understanding of the mood and setting of the painting through art, writing, or any other medium they choose.


  • Review the objectives for the lesson and have students share their projects with the class.
  • Discuss the importance of understanding mood and setting in art as it helps us interpret and understand art more deeply.


  • Observe student participation in group discussions and presentations.
  • Evaluate student-created artworks for their understanding of mood and setting in the art piece.
  • Ask students to reflect on their own understanding and appreciation of mood and setting in art in a written reflection or journal entry.

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