Add this art lesson to your St. Patrick’s Day activities and integrate art with Language Arts and Social Studies. This landscape drawing art lesson focuses on monochromatic color and the elements line, shape, and pattern. It also introduces the concepts of foreground and background.
Students look at landscape photographs and/or a landscape by artist Vincent van Gogh to identify geographical elements and the types of lines and shapes seen in landscapes. They then create their own monochromatic landscapes.
Students of all abilities can be successful with this lesson, as it focuses on overall composition more than drawing skill. It includes tips for helping all students create interesting compositions in addition to writing extensions.
Green Landscapes is included in the bundle St. Patrick’s Day Green Art Lessons.
This lesson includes the following:
- national visual arts standards information
- 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
Also included in this resource:
• tips for drawing landscapes
• tips for looking at landscape art
• an art reflection worksheet designed to help students assess their own art work
• biography of Vincent van Gogh with related worksheet
This 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.
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A similar landscape drawing lesson, Wax-Resist Landscape, is included in Three Landscape Art Lessons
and is also available individually.
Related Art lessons:
O’Keeffe Inspired Flowers Art Lesson
Art Lessons with Autumn Leaves
More Art lessons and Language Arts integrated resources:
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- a collection of five integrated Art lessons
Learn Language Arts Strategies with Art
-- art observation strategies
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
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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
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