Marc Chagall – Drawing our Dreams

LESSON TITLE: Marc Chagall – Drawing our Dreams
TEACHER NAME: Jennifer Schupak
GRADE LEVEL: 7th – 12th
CLASS TIME: _60_Minutes _1-2_Days/week _1_# Session(s)
SUBJECTS COVERED – History, Art, Famous Artists


  1. Students will demonstrate different drawing and coloring styles such as stippling, impasto, and scraffito.
  2. Students will learn how to manipulate oil pastels by drawing and smearing with paper towel creating a smooth effect.


  • neutral paper
  • crayons
  • oil pastels
  • colored markers
  • paper towel


symbol – something visible that by association or convention represents something else

distort – the alteration of the original shape (or other characteristic) of an object, image, sound, waveform or other form of information or representation

hidden meaning – meaning behind an image which reveals the rest of the story

proverb – a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people

Cubism – an artistic movement in France beginning in 1907 that featured surfaces of geometrical planes

Expressionism – an art movement early in the 20th century; the artist’s subjective expression of inner experiences was emphasized; an inner feeling was expressed through a distorted rendition of reality

stippling – pointalism.” Putting dots close together results in a darker effect

impasto – pastels applied to paper in a thick, rich way.

scraffito – When the artist applies thick rich pastels and then scrapes away some of the pastels


Harshav, Benjamin. Marc Chagall and the Lost Jewish World: the Nature of Chagall’s Art and Iconography. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 2006. Print.


Show students March Chagall’s work. Give them a short history lesson on his work, and his challenges growing up as a Jew during the Nazi war era.  Explain to students to way he took normal images and distorted them.  Take something simple like a square, and draw it with squiggle like lines to give them the idea of distortion important for younger students. Like Chagall create a brightly colored work of art showing a dream like state. Remind students that Chagall often created from his dreams and used colors, shapes, forms, textures and line to create mood and feelings and to tell a story. Use a paper towel to smooth out the oil pastels. Also have students use crayons and markers to add to to larger parts of their Chagall dream drawings. As always I have made up a teacher example of something with a Chagall style, but not a replica of something he has done.

Make sure to inspire students with discussion on dream, dream interpretation, and expression imagination. Remind them of their important terms and reaffirm a follow up of these these terms with a crossword puzzle, which you can create here:


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