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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Silly Cityscape

Created on December 29, 2014 by KDeMint

This is a lesson I did with 3rd graders inspired by the contemporary pop artist James Rizzi.

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I can identify foreground. middle ground, and background.
I can create my own silly city.

and media of choice (we used sharpie and liquid watercolors)

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1. Share the artwork of James Rizzi. I love to show the "Happy Rizzi House" building and some of his cityscapes like “Be a Good Sport." My also want to compare with other artists.
2.Draw a horizon line and review foreground, middle ground and background.
3. Create cityscape. Outline with sharpie and color with medium of choice.

Here is a link to an interview my student conducted with James Rizzi before he passed.

This lesson was adapted from my blog. For more inspiration( and links to my inspirations) check out... Rizzi


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
[K-4] Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[K-4] Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas
[K-4] Students know the differences among visual characteristics and purposes of art in order to convey ideas

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[K-4] Students select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning
[K-4] Students explore and understand prospective content for works of art

Visual Arts Standard 4:
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

[K-4] Students identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times, and places

Visual Arts Standard 5:
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

[K-4] Students understand there are various purposes for creating works of visual art
[K-4] Students understand there are different responses to specific artworks
[K-4] Students describe how people's experiences influence the development of specific artworks

Pop Art, Contemporary Art


Painting, Drawing