Add a St. Patrick’s Day art lesson to your other St. Patrick’s Day activities and integrate art with Language Arts and Social Studies.
This landscape drawing art lesson focuses on shades of green and the elements line, shape, and pattern. It can also introduce the concept of creating distance and perspective.
Students look at and discuss a landscape by Vincent van Gogh
to identify the elements in a landscape, and/or do a picture walk through a book about the Irish countryside to get a sense of the lines, shapes, and assorted greens present in landscapes.
Students of all abilities can be successful with this lesson, as it focuses on overall composition more than drawing skill. Included are two resources for teachers - Looking at Landscapes offers suggestions for observing landscape art with students and Landscape Drawing ~ A Few Tips can be used to help all students create interesting compositions.
Also included is my free resource, Artist Biographies for Kids: Vincent van Gogh -- an artist biography and ‘draw and write’ reading comprehension worksheet
that will provide additional content and add an art history component to this lesson.
Green Landscapes 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 Vincent van Gogh
- 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
Plus two resource pages:
Tips for Landscape Drawing and Tips for Looking at Landscapes
This comprehensive art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis.
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.
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This lesson is included in the bundle St. Patrick’s Day Green Art Lessons.
A similar landscape drawing lesson, Wax-Resist Landscape, is included in Three Landscape Art Lessons
and is also available individually.
Related Art lessons of interest:
O’Keeffe Inspired Flowers Art Lesson
Art Lessons with Autumn Leaves
Art and Language Arts integrated resources:
Learn Language Arts Strategies with Art
Artist Biographies for Kids - Informational Text and Response Primpts
For more art-making ideas and suggestions:
Art Task Cards -- for early finishers or art centers
Start With Art -- perfect for back-to-school
Making Time For Art -- a free download
Creating Art With Kids
lessons are designed to focus primarily on the creative process. They are intended to be open-ended enough to encourage student creativity and detailed enough to give teachers clear direction.
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