Edgar Degas

Art Projects and Curriculum

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About Edgar Degas (1834-1917)

Edgar Degas was a French Impressionist artist known for his innovative depictions of modern life, particularly his scenes of Parisian ballet dancers and cafés. Born in 1834, Degas was a master of several mediums, including painting, drawing, and sculpture. He was a founding member of the Impressionist movement and his works were characterized by their loose brushwork, attention to movement and light, and innovative compositions. Degas was particularly interested in capturing the grace and beauty of ballet dancers, and his works in this genre are among his most famous.

He was also a prolific artist, producing over 5,000 works over the course of his lifetime. Today, Degas' works continue to be celebrated for their innovative techniques and insightful depictions of modern life, and can be found in major museums around the world.

Edgar Degas Art Lesson & Art Activity

Students learn about the drawing secrets of Degas and discover his techniques of perspective and composition.  They also learn about the grid method of drawing. Be sure to click through the student masterpieces at the top of this page.

Art Elements Taught


Art Activity Emphasis

Ballerina / Jockey Grid Drawings

Vocabulary Learned

asymmetrical, critique, cropped, depth, impressionist, movement, negative, overlapping, pastel, perspective, sculpture, symmetrical

Student Art Supplies

Chalk, Colored Pencils
Art Lessons for Edgar Degas

How the Art Program Works:

1. Assembly

Introducing the Masters—Multi-Purpose Room or Classroom (20-45 minutes)

2. Student Worksheets

Learning from the Masters—Classroom (15-30 minutes)

3. Student Art Projects

Working with the Masters—Classroom (50-60 minutes)

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Meet the masters continues to be one of the most successful programs at our school, with the largest consistent group of parent volunteers. Our students recognize art by “the masters” when they see it around town or on family trips. Students that call themselves “bad at art” have been delighted when they see the beautiful art they can create. Thank you for all you do to make this curriculum glow and shine. We love it and are so thrilled to continue to use it at our school!
Art Teacher Curriculum
Melanie Allred
Paradise Valley Engineering Academy, Morgan Hill, CA

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