This comprehensive art lesson focuses on line, color, and negative space. Students create whimsical, representational landscapes using crayon with watercolor wax resist.
The lesson features an observation and discussion of landscapes by illustrator Peter Parnell and artist Georgia O’Keefe. Students learn how these two artists simplify landscapes to focus on large compositional elements without neglecting detail.
Students of all abilities can be successful with this lesson, which focuses on overall composition more than drawing skill. The lesson includes a page of landscape drawing tips to help all students create striking, colorful compositions.
Wax Resist Landscape is bundled with two other landscape lessons in Three Landscape Art Lessons
This lesson includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- suggested related read-aloud book and art work
- ideas for looking at art by Peter Parnell and Georgia O’Keefe
- directions for art-making
- 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
What is a Landscape?
a teacher resource which shows examples of various styles of landscape art
Landscape Drawing - A Few Tips
gives suggestions for successful landscape drawings
Thoughts About My Art
- an art reflection student worksheet
This comprehensive art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis, and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
National Core Visual Arts Standards are listed at the beginning of the lesson.
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:
O’Keeffe Inspired Flowers Art Lesson
Art Lessons with Autumn Leaves
More art lessons and art-integrated resources:
Art Task Cards
- self-directed Art activities for early finishers or Art centers
Still Life for Kids
- two observation drawing art lessons
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- five integrated Art lessons
Art Observation: Thinking, Drawing, and Writing About Art
- art reflection worksheets
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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