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Lesson Plans

Landscape lesson

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Ckart (ckupcin)
Wed, 30 Sep 1998 20:13:59 -0500

Dear Ginny

On 9/39/98, you wrote:
>Does anybody have an interesting landscape lesson? ...

I just completed a Fall landscape with my 6th graders, using tempera in an
Impressionistic manner. The focus was on art history (Claude Monet and
Impressionism), value, intensity, a review of warm/cool colors,
complementary colors, and perspective.

The "technique" is to use a sponge -- gives an open, impressionistic
quality. (I have the thick sponges, cut into two inch cubes.) By holding
the sponge between two fingers, there are four sides that can be used for
color changes. We use dry sponges; if they are wet, the sponges have a
less textured effect. The motion is an up and down one (printing), rather
than side to side (brushing).

First, the students create a horizon line. Then working from dark to light
use 2 sky colors with a tinted complement (example -- purple, turquoise,
light orange). Then the students add a path (or road) that uses the idea
of perspective (narrowing in the distance) and add 3 earth colors to the
ground and 2 more colors to separate and identify the path. Tree trunks
are added with a brush;tree foliage (in glorious fall colors) is added with
the sponge. Students are free to add houses, fence posts (cardboard and
toothpicks work great here), and whatever else they "see" in their

I see my students once a week for fifty minutes and this has taken us five
sessions to complete, on 12 x 18 paper. There's a good bit of art history
that begins each session, as well as review of color theory, etc. The
students always enjoy this approach to painting. Good luck in whatever
approach you use:)

By the way, I also give them a quizz at the end of the unit.