Watercolor Landscape Lesson
3 Days (90 minute class)


Michigan Merit Curriculum:
C.2 Develop an idea, question, or problem that is guided by the
personal, historical, contemporary, cultural, environmental,
and/or economic contexts of the visual, performing,
or applied arts discipline.

C.3 Understand, recognize, and use the elements,
organizational principles, patterns, relationships,
techniques, skills, and applications of the visual, performing,
or applied arts discipline.

P.4 Perform, present, exhibit, publish, or demonstrate the
results of the artistic/creative process for an audience.

Objectives:
  • Students will create a landscape painting using watercolors.
  • Students will demonstrate their knowledge and show their ability to use watercolor paint.
  • Students will demonstrate their knowledge of foreground, middle ground, and background.
  • Students will display their artwork in the school hallway.

Vocabulary Words:
landscape, Grant Wood, foreground, middle ground, background, watercolors

Preparation:
Have watercolor paints ready. Have worksheets copied for each student (landscape comparison and watercolor worksheets).
Magazines available for students to find and cut out a landscape.

Materials and Resources:
  • evaluation sheet
  • example of the watercolor
  • example of Grant Wood's landscapes
  • comparison worksheets
  • watercolor worksheets
  • watercolor paint
  • watercolor paper
  • paint brushes
  • water cups
  • magazines (with landscape photos in them)
  • scissors
  • pencil

Motivation-Instruction:
  • Teacher will show example of the project and of Grant Wood's landscapes.
  • Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.
  • Students will complete landscape comparison worksheet.
  • Students will complete watercolor worksheets.
  • Students will find and cut out a photograph of a landscape from a magazine.

Procedure:
Day 1:
  • Teacher will show example of the project and of Grant Wood's landscapes.
  • Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.
  • Students will complete landscape comparison worksheet.
  • Students will complete watercolor worksheets.
  • Students will find and cut out a photograph of a landscape from a magazine.

Day 2:
  • Students will begin drawing their landscapes onto watercolor paper. Once drawn, students will carefully begin painting their landscapes.

Day 3:
  • Students will finish painting their landscapes. Once done, they will draw, color, then cut out 3 of the same shape object, but in three different sizes (small, medium, and large). They will then place and glue the small object in the background, the medium sized one in the middle ground, and the large object in the foreground of their painting.

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