Cycle 1 Week 18- El Greco

Our last great artist for the year is Domenikos Theotokopoulos. Try saying that five times fast! It’s no wonder people just called him “The Greek”. Or maybe it’s because he lived and worked in Spain, but was born in Greece. Hmm.

El Greco (“The Greek”) is known for his elongated, slender figures. He was more focused on the emotional and imaginative aspect of his paintings than on capturing reality, and I think the beginnings of abstraction can be seen there. Students will create a portrait similar to his style by elongating a basic figure, then adding their own features and color to the work.

For additional images that would work well for masters classes, check out Half a Hundred Acre Wood. At the bottom of the page you’ll find templates for the Mona Lisa and El Greco Son. The same process applies as in the video below, just with more complicated subject matter.


  • Print-outs of figure outline
  • White 8.5 x 11” paper (2 per student)
  • Pencils
  • Black pens (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Colored pencils
  • Tape
  • Images of El Greco’s work

Here is the El Greco lesson plan with figure print-out:






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