School Programs

Online Lessons: Landscape Artist Robert S. Duncanson

photograph of man with a mustache

Robert S. Duncanson. Photo from the collection of the Musee McCord, Montreal, Quebec.

Robert S. Duncanson was a landscape painter born in Fayette, Seneca County, near Geneva in 1821. He grew up in the Midwest and became the first internationally famous African-American artist and the premier landscape artist of the American west. In recognition of the 200th anniversary of Duncanson’s birth we have created a lesson plan for three grade levels focused on his work as a landscape painter.

Duncanson Lesson Plan 1-3

Duncanson Lesson Plan 4-8

Duncanson Lesson Plan 9-12

A number of institutions have online collections of Duncanson’s works that you can use for discussion.

If you have questions, comments or want more information, contact Historic Geneva’s educator, Anne Dealy, at