In these geography-related art lessons, students focus on shape, line, and texture to create representational abstract and stylized landscapes using three different media and a variety of art techniques. In each of these lessons, students are encouraged to look at the overall space of the composition, to focus on foreground and background, and to consider white space / negative space as an important element of the work.
Wax Resist Landscapes
are fanciful crayon drawings overlaid with watercolors.
Torn Paper Collage Landscapes
focus on the shapes of land and water forms.
use a variety of types of lines to create patterns within abstract landscape compositions.
Each lesson includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- suggestions for related read-aloud books and art works, when needed
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- step-by-step directions for the art-making
- ideas for extending or varying the lessons
- ideas for looking at and discussing art
- ideas for connecting the activity to other curricular areas
- suggestions for cross-curricular connections and/or writing extensions
- photographs of student art work for reference
Three art reflection student worksheets
Wax Resist Landscape Drawing includes Art Makes Me Think
Torn Paper Landscape Collage includes My Art Observation
Line Landscape includes Thoughts About My Art
Also included are two teacher resources:
What is a Landscape?
shows examples of various styles of landscape art
Landscape Drawing - A Few Tips
gives suggestions for successful landscape drawings
These resources are especially helpful for teachers who are not familiar with a variety of well-known landscape art, and/or who may not feel comfortable with their own drawing skills.
These comprehensive lessons are designed to teach art appreciation, art technique, and art analysis; and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
National Core Visual Arts Standards are listed at the beginning of each lesson.
This resource also includes a description of the National Core Visual Arts Anchor Standards and an overview of ways Art education supports other areas of the curriculum.
Because I teach in California, each lesson also includes a list of the California Visual Arts Standards addressed for suggested grade levels. Please note that listed grade levels are suggestions only; any of these lessons can be simplified or made more complex to work for any elementary grade.
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Each of the lessons in this bundle is also available individually.
Related art lessons:
Abstract Art for Kids - Inspired by Chagall, Kandinsky, and Matisse Still Life for Kids - Two Science Connected Observation Drawing Lessons
More Art Lessons and Art-integrated resources:
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- a sampler of my Art-integrated resources
Art With Autumn Leaves
- two observation drawing lessons
Artist Biographies for Kids
- informational text with ‘draw and write’ response prompts
Art Task Cards
I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have a Multiple Subjects credential, a Single Subject credential for Art and English, LDS/ESL certification, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics focus, and Montessori certification. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
lessons and resources are designed to foster student creativity, choice, and independence, and to encourage authentic art-making. Consideration is given to developmental appropriateness, differentiation possibilities, and teacher individuality. For this reason, directions are general, expectations are open-ended, and clip art on student pages is kept to a minimum.
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