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Middle [6th-8th] Lesson Plan

Dynamic Sky

Created on February 25, 2017 by ArtKat0508

Acrylic painting inspired by the paintings of April Gornik

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10 sessions; 55 minutes per session

1. Mix to make new colors.

2. Use artistic elements to convey emotion.

3. Compare and contrast the work of April Gornick to other landscape painters.

4. Apply a variety of painting techniques within a landscape painting.

landscape photos

thick paper
acrylic paint

variety of resources dealing with landscape painters and techniques.

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1. Describe a landscape painting of your choosing. Compare and contrast the choices made by the students. What categories can we come up with? How do each of the paintings make us feel?

2. Compare and contrast April Gornick with another landscape painting of students choosing.

3. Find or take a photo of a dynamic sky. Explain how it makes you feel. Many students took their own photos others used pixlr to alter photos that they found on line. A third option was using three photos to create a composite image in their imagination.

4. As we are working on our research we are also creating a practice painting. These are smaller the final. We copied directly from calendar pages working on value change, layering paint, texture techniques. We spent two to three class periods on this step.

5. Next we began on the final. We lightly block in some basic shapes defining the spaces for the painting. I like to tape the edges of the paper then tape it to the table. The tape around the edge of the paper is taken off at the end of the paper and it provides a place to attach t he daily tape where it won't rip.

I remind them Don't over draw, it is a painting not a drawing. Lay in a under color over the largest spaces. Work at least two colors at a time.

6. Then each day I discuss different techniques and show videos from you tube or that I make. How to paint clouds. How to mix colors of a sunset etc..

I like to have students evaluate and work together to generate solutions and ideas. We look at the work in progress and discuss the goals of the project daily.

At the end we write an artists statement explaining what emotion they created and how, using evidence from their paintings.


Complete, Correct, Craftsmanship and Challenge are the categories I use to create my rubrics.