Pierre-Auguste Renoir Art Lesson

Art Projects and Curriculum

Explore the elegance of Pierre-Auguste Renoir's art through our engaging lessons. Delve into Renoir's masterpiece, "The Piano Lesson," and uncover his distinctive use of light and color. Our art lessons guide students in creating their own works inspired by Renoir, fostering an appreciation for his contributions to the world of Impressionism.

Student Artwork Showcase









About Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)

Pierre-Auguste Renoir was a French Impressionist painter. Born in 1841, he is widely considered to be one of the leading figures of the Impressionist movement and one of the greatest painters of all time. Renoir's works are characterized by their luminous color, light brushwork, and focus on capturing the fleeting moments of everyday life. He was known for his innovative techniques, such as capturing the effects of light and color in a scene, and his works often convey a sense of joy and lightheartedness.

Over time, Renoir's style evolved from representational images to more abstract and innovative works, and he became a pioneering figure in the Impressionist movement. Today, Renoir's works can be found in major museums around the world, and he remains one of the most famous and beloved artists of all time.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir Art Lesson, Activity & Projects for Elementary

Your students will discover the techniques of the Impressionists while learning about Auguste Renoir’s beautiful “rainbow palette.” In their classrooms they will create a landscape with impressionistic color reflections. Be sure to click through the student masterpieces at the top of this page.

Art Elements Taught


Art Activity Emphasis

Impressionistic Landscapes Showing Reflections

Vocabulary Learned

color wheel, complementary, composition, contrast, impressionist, palette, portrait, reflection, shadow

Student Art Supplies

Watercolor Crayons, Foam Brushes
Art Lessons for Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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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The Meet the Masters program has been a real blessing for not only my classroom, but also to me as an individual. I love learning about the lives of these artists, and then seeing the students apply the artists’ techniques themselves. Even if you already have a stock of “projects” that you rely on, Meet the Masters is a wonderful addition to your program. I recommend this to every teacher I know!

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Principal, Beautiful Savior, Grove City, OH

More Artists on the Same Track

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All tracks include:

  • Implementation guide to manage scheduling, volunteers & communication
  • Multi-level, age-appropriate curriculum for all seven artists in this track
  • Engaging PowerPoint visuals that include vocabulary, art concepts & music
  • Timed, illustrated & scripted lessons perfect for teachers or volunteers
  • Hands-on technique worksheets, art project details, art prints, games & props

*Art supplies and teacher/volunteer training DVDs can be added to your order.