Teacher Resources

Deepen your classroom study of the Industrial Revolution, empire, or the environment with these educator packets featuring lesson plans and activity ideas. 

Our lesson plans can be administered by a Thomas Cole Site educator (per educator’s availability) or can be taught by you, in your classroom. All lesson plans include suggested grade levels, but can be adjusted to fit the needs of your students.

If you would like to schedule an in-classroom visit with a Thomas Cole Site educator, please email us at education@thomascole.org. We would also love to hear if you are using these materials and your feedback.

Thomas Cole and Industrialization

Lesson Plan
Thomas Cole, River in the Catskills, Oil on canvas, 1843, 27 1/2 × 40 3/8 in, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Gift of Martha C. Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865.

Thomas Cole and Empire

Lesson Plan
Thomas Cole, The Course of Empire: The Consummation of Empire, Oil on canvas, 1836, 51 x 76 in. Collection of The New-York Historical Society, 1858.3.

Made possible with the generous support of The Bay & Paul Foundations.

Jennifer GreimTeacher Resources