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Lesson Plans

Landscape Lesson

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anne roberts (aroberts)
Thu, 01 Oct 1998 18:30:26 -0400

Dear Virginia,
I teach Elem. but this idea was adapted from a middle school lesson I
saw so you could adapt it too. Its called 3-D landscapes
Your emphasis is the three parts of a landscape: middle ground,
foreground and background. You could divide this in more layers if you
Each layer is progressively bigger.
Foreground: This is made on a piece of construction paper 3'' tall
and 15" wide.
Draw objects like people, cars trees, etc. If
you want a tall tree, taller
than 3" then you can cut out a tree and glue it
in place. Cut out the
top part of the foreground forming an
interesting ground line, but
leaving the paper 15" wide.
Middlegrd.: Use a piece of paper, 6" tall and 16" wide. Make
houses, hills ,trees
primarily at the middle and top of the
paper.(the foreground will cover
up the lower part of the middle ground when you
assemble it) Cut out the
top ground line varying the horizon to make a
pleasing shape. You could
talk about balance.
Backgrd.: Use a piece of paper 12x18. Draw the backgrd and
sky. Again
concentrating on the upper part, because the
fore, and middle will cover
up the lower part of the last sheet.
Assemblage : Line up all layers of paper at the bottom. Then line up
the layers on 1 side. Staple all the layers together, just on that
side. The other side will not line up because of the staggering
widths. Then line up the other side edges forcing the the middle and
backgrd layers to bow. This makes the 3-D effect. They really are
striking. They will stand up on their own. With little kids its super
because they concretely see the layers. I've given kids who have
finished early, really small paper in progressive sizes and they love
making tiny ones too. If this is hard to visualize and you have
questions let me know.