Lesson plan “Art” from Germany


This is a lesson plan for a Year 5 (10 years old) Art class.

Topic:                                                                                                   Between dream and reality – music as a gateway to art

Duration:                                                                       45 minutes

Teacher:                                                                         Vera Jungeblodt

Works this lesson is based on:        “Die Toteninsel” by Arnold Böcklin (painting) (~ Island of the Dead)

                                                           “Die Toteninsel” by Max Reger (musical composition inspired by the painting)

The goal of this lesson is to learn about the relation between art and music and about the reflexion of the effect of colours. It is a production-oriented task.


You need a good impression of the painting (in colour) and a musical version of the composition. A basic digital equipment and good quality photocopies are necessary.


The pupils listen to an extract of the composition in a darkened room. The effect of the darkness is chosen to stimulate the pupils and to introduce them to the topic of the lesson.

Work phase I:

The pupils start to talk about the effect the music has had on them. They interpret the effects with adjectives, which are written down on the board. This way it is visual for all the pupils during the practical phase. The group discusses the music one more time to sum up the most important effects it has had on them. As one can see, it’s a rather dark topic. The adjectives to be expected are, for example, dark, scary, dangerous (etc.).

The teacher gives the pupils the information that the music was composed on the basis of a painting and asks them for the second working phase to draw the outline of an “island of death”. How does its form look like? And afterwards: Which colours and motifs do you connect with this island and with these sounds.

Work Phase II:

In this phase the group focuses on the motifs and colours they have chosen to present their ideas of the island. After outlining it, they use oil pastels to create their personal version of this dark and scary island.


The pupils present their drawings and discuss the different perspectives and ideas. Due to the topic, the outcome probably consists of rather dark colours and motifs.

The next lesson:

The teacher presents the group the painting by Arnold Böcklin to compare their works with his and to see similarities and differences.

You can find versions of the painting via google: https://www.google.com/search?q=arnold+b%C3%B6cklin+die+toteninsel&client=firefox-b-d&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwir8dLVsqfjAhVFK1AKHRwkBUEQ_AUIECgB

You can find the musical composition online as well (e.g. on Spotify).

Monday, October 1, the first day of the project at the Evangelisches Gymnasium, in Lippstadt, Germany

Very early in the morning, we gathered outside the school. The students were already in place waiting for us. The headmistress welcomed us and we went for a tour around the school and visited a few classes and even in teachers’ room. Then we ate lunch in the school’s dining room and then we headed for a very famous chocolate factory, Peters. There we learned all that is to know about chocolate, and then we had to let the imagination flow and create our own produce of the good fruit that the Mayan Indians taught us to appreciate.

”Global Learning for Mind and Heart” at Jaunpils Vidusskola

Erasmus + project ”Global Education for the Mind and the Heart” at Jaunpils Vidusskola in cooperation with 5 countries – Germany, Poland, Italy, Turkey and Sweden runs from 2016-2019. By dividing the project work in 6 stages, every semester is being devoted to another topic. The first stage, whose theme was “Employment and unemployment”, took place in Poland. The second stage on the topic ”Dance” took place at the Jaunpils Vidusskola in Latvia in the spring of last year. The third stage, which took place in Sweden in the autumn of last year, was on the topic ”Migration”. From 9- 13 April, students and teachers of Jaunpils Vidusskola participated in the 4th stage of the project, which was about the topic ”Tourism”. This stage took place in one of the Italian regions in the heart of the Mediterranean, in Sardinia, in the city of Bosa. Our school was represented by two 11th grade students and three teachers.  Before going to Italy, there was done homework – a presentation on tourism in our country, district and school.

The trip started on April 8 but the destination was reached on April 9 at. 01.30. Then an hour drive to the hotel on the winding and hilly roads in the dark. We went to the Mannu Hotel, where students were welcomed by the host families and went home together, but the teachers stayed at the hotel, and, finally, the first day of the trip was over.

On the first day of the project, we visited several school buildings and watched daily life at school. In the afternoon, along with representatives from other countries, we went to high mountains to see Malaspin Castle and to find out its history. The ancient castle on a high mountain can be seen from any part of the city of Bosa. From the top the view of the city was fantastic! After visiting the castle, we went to the city center, got acquainted with the surroundings, nature and ancient architecture.

The next day, the teachers talked about the next steps in the project and planned future activities for the project. After this work, we all went to the town of Tinur, where we were introduced to the Biodiversity of the island of Sardinia, and the development of tourism. After the presentations, fruit tree grafting was demonstrated and the bravest ones had the opportunity to try it themselves. In the afternoon, we went on a guided excursion to see the Boss Cathedral and the Casa Deriu Museum, where we were told about the processing and former use of wool and skin. After the visit, we went to the reception at the Mayor, where we shared the first impressions about the city, the project and reception.

On the third day of the project we travelled to Makomer, where we went hiking in the forest and its surrounding area with the help of professionals. During the hike, we were told about sustainable tourism in this region. The hike was special by the fact that after the observation of the reserve we climb high mountains which had rocky and steep slopes.

On the fourth day students presented the tourism possibilities in their countries and cities. Each presentation was well-considered and original providing new and interesting information about each country and the tourism industry in it. In the afternoon we went to a school where we were told about the specially protected Sardinian griffins, about their way of life and their protection.

On the last day of the project, we traveled to Alghero, the most popular tourist destination in Sardinia.  We did sightseeing in the city and its surroundings and went to high mountains to enjoy the sun, the wind and the sea. Later we had lunch on the coast of the sea and then we continued our city tour. In the evening, teachers went to formal dinners, during which certificates of participation in the project were presented.

The 4th stage of the project was designed to introduce us to the most beautiful sights and tourism in Sardinia, to tell us about its development and the development of sustainable tourism.  The major benefits the project provides to students and educators is developing of their language skills, the use of languages in real-life situations, expanding their horizons and learning cultural diversity. Such experience develops the ability to adapt, communicate and understand. The opportunity for pupils to live in host families makes them more open, teaches them local culture, lifestyles, students can learn independence and responsibility. International cooperation enables teachers to exchange experience, knowledge, new impressions, and to gain motivation for future work.


Viktorija Krīgerte – teacher of Jaunpils Vidusskola