Paul Gauguin

Art Projects and Curriculum

Student Artwork Showcase


Post Impressionism







About Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)

Paul Gauguin was a French Post-Impressionist artist known for his bold use of color and his travels to Tahiti and other South Pacific islands. Born in 1848, Gauguin was a major figure in the development of the Post-Impressionist movement, and his works were characterized by their flat, unmodulated color and simplification of form. He was inspired by the art and culture of the South Pacific and spent much of his later life in Tahiti, where he produced some of his most famous works.

Gauguin's works are widely recognized for their bold use of color, as well as their exploration of spirituality, nature, and the exotic. Today, Gauguin's works continue to be celebrated for their innovative techniques and insights into the human experience, and can be found in major museums around the world.

Paul Gauguin Art Lesson & Art Activity

Audio excerpts and dress-up props motivate the children to investigate Gauguin’s life and artistic genius.  The student artists use oil pastel on black paper to create a Tahitian landscape in the abstract style of Gauguin. Be sure to click through the student masterpieces at the top of this page.

Art Elements Taught


Art Activity Emphasis

Tahitian Landscapes, Color Moods

Vocabulary Learned

background, contrast, decorate foreground, impressionist, landscape palette, portrait, value

Student Art Supplies

Oil Pastels
Art Lessons for Paul Gauguin

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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Online Elementary Art Curriculum
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