Cloud watching, outdoor observation, simple perspective, and learning about the horizon all come together in this simple but effective science-integrated landscape directed drawing lesson that’s perfect for students as young as Kindergarten.
Students will observe and discuss the meeting of land and sky and apply that observation to a simple composition that includes foreground and background in a simple landscape.
This is a simple lesson that uses shading with crayons, stylized flower drawings, and photographs or drawings of people to show distance.
This lesson includes the following:
- list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- suggestions for related read alouds
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- directions for art-making
- step-by-step drawing directions
- sample drawings of horizon, cloud, and flower choices
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing student art
- suggestions for writing extensions
- photographs of student art work for reference
This lesson includes two ‘art reflection’ worksheets with prompts to help students reflect on and write about their art, one for emerging writers and one for more proficient writers.
This comprehensive art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis, and to encourage authentic art-making and art education.
Because I teach in California, this 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.
Related Art lessons:
Art Lessons with People
Three Landscape Art Lessons
Still Life for Kids
More Art lessons and Art-integrated resources:
Art Task Cards
- self-directed Art activities for early finishers or Art centers
Start With Art
- five exploratory Art lessons with focus on elements of art
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- five integrated Art lessons
Artist Biographies for Kids
- informational text with ‘draw and write’ response prompts
Language Arts Strategies with Art BUNDLE
- learn Language Arts skills through art observation and discussion
Free Art resources:
Making Time For Art
-- suggestions and ideas for integrating art in the classroom
Looking at Art with Kids
- using well-known art works to supplement the curriculum
I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. 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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