By now most of you know I absolutely love our National Parks. We take a family vacation every year to one of these great destinations. We love visiting with the Park Rangers, asking fun questions and listening to all the interesting stories they tell.
They are such an inspiration to my own kiddos that I thought why not honor them with a fun painted paper lesson that incorporates portraits, landscapes and of course painting! These adorable rangers were created by my 3rd graders but 4th and 5th graders would love them too.
The art lesson is layered with 3 various art techniques. The first layer is creating the background with oil pastels and tempera paint trees. The second layer is creating the Park Ranger portraits. Students will learn the basic placement of facial features, drawing in pencil then adding oil pastel details. The last layer is creating the Park Ranger uniform and badge with painted paper and copper tooling.
This art lesson is easy to follow while being successful and fun for students. It is geared for grades 3-5 and is great when students learn about occupations or community leaders.
Each layer of the project requires 1, 40-minute art session depending on grade level.
Included in this 13 page digital lesson plan:
Step by Step full-color photo tutorials for each step
Background information on Park Rangers
Vocabulary Word Wall
Supplies needed for the project
Reproducible "How to Draw a Portrait" Handout
Reproducible Park Ranger Hat, Shirt and Badge Templates
"How to create Painted Paper" Handout
Check out my other lessons about Habitats: The National Parks.
Life in the Coral Reef
Life in the Wetlands
Life in the Rocky Coastal Waters
Life in the Desert
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Hi, I’m Laura Lohmann and I have been teaching Art for 20 years in Ohio. I love teaching students fun and exciting projects and hope that you will find my projects enjoyable for your students. I enjoy seeing my students start with a blank canvas and explore using art materials to create beautiful masterpieces.