Winslow Homer Art Lesson

Art Projects and Curriculum

Explore the fascinating world of Winslow Homer with our insightful art lessons. Explore Homer's dynamic brushwork and keen observation of nature through engaging lesson plans. Students will delve into Homer's seascapes and landscapes, learning about his innovative techniques and gaining inspiration to create their own stunning artworks inspired by his timeless style and love for the outdoors.

Student Artwork Showcase


Illustration, Realism


Oil, Water Color





Winslow Homer (1836-1910)

Winslow Homer was an American painter and printmaker, best known for his landscapes and seascapes. Born in 1836, he was a major figure in the development of American art, and his works are characterized by their attention to light and atmosphere, as well as their depiction of American life and culture.

Homer was particularly known for his depictions of the sea and the coast, and his works often featured ships, fishing boats, and other maritime scenes. He was also a master of watercolor and his works in this medium are widely recognized for their incredible beauty and technical mastery. Today, Winslow Homer's works continue to be celebrated for their innovative techniques and insights into American life, and can be found in major museums around the world.

Winslow Homer Art Lesson, Activity & Projects for Elementary

Homer’s use of value (light and dark) in his masterpieces is explored. Students relive turn-of-the-century Americana through Homer’s illustrations and paintings. Using value with only black, gray and white, the children create a Homer-type composition. Be sure to click through the student masterpieces at the top of this page.

Art Elements Taught


Art Activity Emphasis

Seascapes with Value, Value Tracing

Vocabulary Learned

contrast, horizon, illustrator, realistic, value, watercolor

Student Art Supplies

Oil Pastels, Pencils, Tracing Paper
Art Lessons for Winslow Homer

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)

Real Reviews from Real Teachers & Parents

See Why Everyone Loves Meet The Masters

I am the director of Meet the Masters at REACH Leadership STEAM Academy in Riverside California. The children love the art projects and look forward to learning about artists every month. At the end of every school year we do an art gallery where we display the student’s artwork. The parents, students, and school staff all enjoy Meet the Masters!

Ruben Nolasco
Director, REACH Leadership STEAM Academy, Riverside, CA

More Artists on the Same Track

Save more with a track purchase & teach all year long.

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.