Henri Toulouse-Lautrec Posters ~ Appreciation Lesson Ideas

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec’s posters are famous and epitomize the Post Impressionist style.

As a start our study of Toulouse-Lautrec, an Impressionist painter, we read his biography and wrote a short biography on our Famous Impressionist Artists Biography pages.

(Just a note, parents should carefully select and sensitively discuss Lautrec’s life and works with their children as his personal life and his interest in the  lives of the people of the circus and cabaret halls could be offensive or disturbing.)

www.yaneff.com gives a clear written biography and a very interesting (but please pre-view) 5 minute video of Toulouse-Lautrec’s life.  Most the posters are on one page with clear thumbnails of Toulouse-Lautrec art.

I printed the Toulouse-Lautrec minibook from my Famous Impressionist Artist Lapbook.  We have been combining our notebook and minibook pages instead of making a lapbook. (The girls paste their minibook on their biography page.)

We viewed all his posters on www.Lautrec.info.

We discussed the lines, shapes, colours and style Toulouse-Lautrec used in his posters. (Compare these at a later stage with his paintings.)

I asked the children to take note of the balance between the writing and the pictures.

We discussed important facts about poster’s writing ~

  • Printing must be clear, bold, easy to read.
  • Simple message with just a few important words.
  • People read words at the top of the poster before the words below the pictures.
  • Words painted in all UPPER case are bolder and make more impression than lower case letters.
  • Simple style curls or italics give an artistic feel to the writing.

Here are UPPER case and lower case letter pages ~

Poster Letters Upper Case

Poster Letters Lower Case

I printed the posters in postcard size.

I traced them and created a simple outline.

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Toulouse-Lautrec painted in flat, simple areas of colour.  This makes the posters very simple to copy.

The kids chose their poster to colour.

You can enlarge the poster to full-page if the postcard size is too small.  My kids liked them smaller than our normal art pages and could paint several posters. (I will upload their completed posters once they have coloured them.)

Here is Toulouse-Lautrec posters, prints, my outlines and poster letter pages for you to download.  (It has 17 pages so it may take a while to open.)  Click the title below:

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Posters

Appreciating Cezanne’s Cubist Landscapes

We have continued studying Cezanne’s work the past few weeks and this week we looked at his landscapes.

He painted most of his landscapes in a cubism style.

We examined how the artist broke areas of the picture into geometric shapes and used line and colour to create different planes of colour on his objects and spaces.  We looked at our Art Era Timeline and found Cubism and looked at the other art from that art movement.  I created the Art Era Timelines for this reason ~ I want my children to identify the style and the art movement.  With frequent exposure to art this way, I trust that they will start to name the art styles and movements when they see similar art. We used dry-wipe markers and wrote Cezanne and Cubism on our wall chart timeline.

We reviewed his works on a slide show ~ Ambient Art – Cezanne.  Many pictures are ‘familiar’ and we recognised many of Cezanne’s famous apple and orange still lives. We also looked at another Cezanne slide show on Garden Of Praise.com. Then we studied our picture for this week from our Impressionist Painters book by Guy Jennings  ~ Landscape with Rocks and Trees.


I prepared an outline sketch for this lesson.

It is such a help to have the outlines drawn if we need to focus on detailed techniques.  (I simply trace over the picture from our coffee table book, go over it with a black fineliner, then scan and enlarge the image.) The right hand side of this outline features cubist lines which Cezanne painted, but I excluded these guidelines on the left hand side of the picture. Although all our art is similar, you will notice we used different shapes, colours, textures and mediums and our pictures have their unique qualities. This type of art is not interpretive, but technical.

You may download your outline drawing here ~ Cezanne Landscape outline for cubism

The girls used water-colour pencils.  They hatched little lines in an amazing array of colours they saw in the original painting. Then they painted over their pencils with water.


My youngest became frustrated with lack of progress using the cubist technique and she turned to my oil pastels.  I found they worked so well.  I had covered areas with deep layers of oil pastels.  Eventually we were all colouring the page with the pastels.

Miss.L's landscape

Miss.K's Landscape

Nadene's landscape

And this is our artwork for our gallery!