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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

monochromatic, watercolor landscape

Created on September 23, 2020 by artspaz

Students will create a watercolor landscape, learning different watercolor techniques, monochromatic, and space/depth.

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2 sessions; 50 minutes per session

SWBAT: define value
SWBAT; define monochromatic
SWBAT; define space, forground, midground and background
SWBAT; use 3 or more watercolor techniques
SWBAT; define contour line

1. practice paper
2. watercolor paints
3. watercolor paper
4. various sized watercolor paint brushes
5. pencil

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1. Students already have practiced using watercolors.
2. They will draw a light horizon line that looks like hills from one edge of the paper to the other.
3. Pick ONE color to work with, explain that this is MONOCHROMATIC.
4. Demo painting different values of the color on the practice paper.
5. Students will do the sky first, use wet on wet. Darker color at the top, and work down to the horizon line. Students can add a little salt at the top for snow.
6. as the sky dries they will make some contour shapes in the land or snow using dry brush. They can lightly draw some contour lines to help define the shape of the snow banks, then DRAY the brush across to create the dry brush look.
7. Remind them that darker values are in the front, so I have my students do the front contours first and work their way to the back.
8. Finish the day with the trees in the background along the horizon line. Use a light value ans paint a line of trees, before they dry, add a few drops of clean water to them to create an organic look, A burst!
9. Add something to the midground. Fence, house... make it the medium value.
10. Add the tree in the foreground, make it the darkest value. We do wet on dry for the tree and drybrush ontop.

ask students if they can see 3 different values?
Do the values help the picture to look like there is depth?


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

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

Winslow Homer

American Art

Color/Value, Contrast, Proportion/Size