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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Birds eye view of the river

Created on December 16, 2016 by artspaz

Students will understand how to draw a birds eye view, while learning about our town and environment. They will draw with a black crayon and then color it in with water color markers, adding water with a brush to give it a watercolor look.

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4 sessions; 40 minutes per session

SWBAT: understand what a birds eye view is
SWBAT: define line
SWBAT: define shape
SWBAT: use markers to create a watercolor effect

1. white drawing paper, 12 x 18, 70 lbs.
2. black crayons
3. washable markers, I like Crayola best.
4. Small paintbrushes
5. cups for water

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Day 1
1. Talk about birds eye view, show examples, explain that you only see the GROUND, no horizon line or sun!
2. talk about your area, we have a river, so we go for a walk along the river, ask what do you see and what would it look like from the sky? Looking down on it?
3. I have kids get with a partner, one stands up and the other sits on the floor. They take turns looking down on them and describe how they would draw it.
4. As a class we start to draw together with the black crayon, beginning with 2 lines that will go horizontally across the paper from edge to edge...that is the river.
5. fill in the river with shapes for rocks, plants, fish and lines for ripples.
Decorate the banks of the river, I give them more freedom here to add what they want, some do bridges, benches, people and various plants.

Day 2 and 3
1. demo coloring in with the markers...I like to leave some white of the paper and also to color with different values of markers. Then add some water to show how the markers will blend and look like water color paint.
2. Talk about keeping the colors in the same color family and to work slowly with the water. Remind them not to put the marker in the water!
3. Students color in their drawings

Day 4
art walk and artist evaluation

see attachment

my 1st and 2nd graders really love this project!


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories
[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[K-4] Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas

Color/Value, Line, Shape

Crayon, Drawing, Painting