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LANDSCAPE RESIST PAINTING

Level: Junior, Middle School
Grades: 3-8 | Age: 8-14yrs | Written by: Lauren Geggus [Lauren is an art instructor]
Summary:

Making an art form using processes and techniques influenced by those of different artists can help one to better understand how to create a landscape.

Incorporating one's own personalized designs and marks provides the opportunity for individual expression.

Learning about the roles of the artists and crafts people in the context of a process helps one to better understand the contribution of artists to a landscape.

Artmaking Processes and Techniques:

wax resist (crayons and tempera)

Art Elements/Principles of Design:

color, shape, form, space, and balance

Objectives:

As a result of this unit, students will:

Artmaking

Historical/Cultural

Criticism

Aesthetics

Participation:

Students should demonstrate a willingness to learn about landscapes by positively contributing to the discussion at least once during the lesson.

Vocabulary:

Artmaking

Historical/Cultural

Motivation:

examples, reproductions, books

Student Pre-requisite:

painting experience

Instructional Methods:

What You Need:
What You Do:

HISTORY/CRITICISM

Procedure (Teacher Directed)

  1. Set Induction "How are these landscapes different from one another?"
  2. Show examples from various artists (Cézanne, Monet, O'Keeffe, Renoir, etc) and have students identify the foreground, middleground, and background.
  3. Do artists have an individual style that makes them unique?

ARTMAKING

Procedure (Teacher Directed):

  1. Explain that their drawing must include a horizon line, foreground, middleground, and background.
  2. Demonstrate the crayon wax resist by drawing the composition, and adding in paint to an area.
  3. Crayons must be used first and paint next! Outline the drawing with crayon and fill it in with tempera.
  4. Go over color mixing to produce tones and secondary colors.

(Guided Practice) Students will:

  1. Trace a drawing space using 9x15" tag board, in order to create a border.
  2. Design a pattern on the border (optional).
  3. Add a horizon line first.
  4. Use crayon to outline their foreground, middleground, and background.

(Teacher Directed)

  1. Use a different color of paint for each layer (foreground, middleground, background) in the landscape.
(Independent Practice) Students will:
  1. Use tempera to add in large areas of color to their outlined drawing.

AESTHETICS

(Teacher Directed): Students will ….

  1. Does a landscape need to look realistic to be considered art?
(Closure)
  1. How did we create space in our landscape?
  2. What were some artists that we discussed today?
  3. How did you display foreground, middleground, and background?

References:

Craven, W. (1994). American Art: History and Culture. Boston: McGraw-Hill.

Hobbs, J. and R. Salome. (1995). The Visual Experience Worcester, MA: Davis Publications.


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