Your email*

Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Foreshortened Astronauts

Created on June 04, 2015 by MrsImpey

Students use a variety of art media to create these silly astronaut drawings. This can be used as a self-portrait project or just a cartoon project.

7 Keeps, 0 Likes, 0 Comments

4 sessions; 40 minutes per session

1. SWBAT identify the visual characteristics of the planets.
2. SWBAT blend oil pastels.
3. SWBAT use foreshortening to create exaggerated space.

1. Large white paper
2. Pencils
3. Sharpies
4. Oil pastels, crayons, watercolor pencils, etc.
5. Black watercolor paint.

Need these materials? Visit Blick!

Day 1: Have students trace their shoes at the bottom of the paper. Trace hands towards the tops (with partner). Draw body in between. Discuss what an astronaut must wear in space so that the suit can be drawn accordingly.

Day 2: Trace with black sharpie. Bring up image of planets and discuss the colors. Share a few facts about each planet. Students pick five planets to draw behind their astronaut using oil pastels to blend colors. Color astronaut with oil pastels, crayons, water color pencils, etc.

Day 3-4: Finish coloring and then paint background with black watercolor.

I circulate to the students and ask them to tell me which planets they are drawing based on the colors.

This can be used as a cartooning project or as a self-portrait where students draw themselves as the astronaut.


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

[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
[5-8] Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas

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
[5-8] Students use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks

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 different responses to specific artworks

Visual Arts Standard 6:
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

[K-4] Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum
[5-8] Students describe ways in which the principles and subject matter of other disciplines taught in the school are interrelated with the visual arts

Proportion/Size, Space, Texture

Crayon, Pastel, Watercolor