Paul Peel: User Guide

Key Questions/ Issues Addressed


Who was Paul Peel?

What can we learn from his path as an artist?


Lesson Goals / Objectives


Students will understand the career path of Paul Peel

Students will learn basic facts of Paul Peel’s life

Students will get familiar with Paul Peel’s work

Students will use Paul Peel’s work as source of inspiration to create their own work




Demo (testing):


Video: Short Documentary on Paul Peel’s life and work

Test Your Knowledge: Quiz on Paul Peel’s life and work

Elements and Principles: Learning Modules on the use of elements and principles of design on the work of Paul Peel

Create You Own Work: Activity for the creation of a piece inspired by Paul Peel’s work


For the development of the activity:


• Computer and Speakers

• Projection Screen

• Internet Access

• Chromebooks (if available)

• Art Supplies (for the final activity)


Instructional Activity / Procedures


Briefly introduce the work of Museum London and Discover London Art



1. Video


1.1. Screening (projection):


Present the introductory video (length: 5 min. average). We encourage the projection of the video on a large screen for the entire group.


If possible, turn off the lights or close the curtains, try to create a ‘screening room’ atmosphere.


Invite students to remain silent – the video will be short.



1.2. Dialogue:


After the video finishes, ask students:


What did you learn about Paul Peel?

Why did he become so famous?

What kind of subjects was he interested in?

What did Paul do in order to improve his skills?

Where did he go to study?

What can be the benefits of studying abroad?

Isaure was also an artist. Why did we know so little about her achievements?

Why did he die so young? What was the level of advancement of science and medicine at the time?

Do you know the names of other London artists?



2. Test Your Own Knowledge:


Ask students to respond the quiz, which consists of a multiple-choice series of questions, based on the content of the video.


• If Chromebooks are available, students are expected to answer to the questions individually or in small groups.

• If Chromebooks are not available, the teacher can lead the activity using the class’ projection screen.


Optional: print-out the certificates and send them home. We encourage this process, even if not environmental-friendly, to promote awareness of the activity among parents and guardians.



3. Elements and Principles:


3.1. Ask students to view/read the modules on elements and principles. These are short informative guides on design concepts.


3.2. Ask students to see the online exhibit (slide show) and choose their favourite artwork.


Optional: Conduct a poll. Students should vote for their favourite artwork.

Share the results. Ask students: Why did you choose that piece?



4. Create Your Own Artwork:


The session ends with an individual art project. Students are encouraged to create their own work inspired by the session’s content.


4.1. Sketching like Paul Peel

Element: Line

Draw your house –or any other building that you like, using soft graphite drawing pencils.

Perspective: remember to choose a point of view, e.g., from the front, the back, the side.



Extension Activity


Art Tours: A Visit to the Museum


School tours and programs are offered throughout the school year (September through June), Tuesday to Friday (9:30 am to 2:30 pm).


To book a program or tour please call 519-661-0333


As part of Museum London’s commitment to accessibility, a limited number of busing subsidies are available each calendar year to schools with an economic need. Please enquire about this subsidy when booking your education program.


Sketching Tour


Sketching Trip to Springbank Park


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Discover London Art is a project developed by Triana Media for Museum London.


The Museum London Idea Incubator - Digital Solutions for Arts Education and Engagement is an initiative by Museum London in collaboration with Nordicity and Lord Cultural Resources, and funded by the Canada Council for the Arts through the Digital Strategy Fund.




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Juan A. Bello


Discover London Art: Digital Stories

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Pilot Testing Version | Produced by Triana Media for Museum London, May 2019