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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Little Boxes on the Hillside

Created on July 31, 2022 by lightARTed

Kindergarten students focus on shapes and patterns to create rolling hills with houses and farms. Students also focus on cutting out houses that get smaller in the background to show distance.

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Students are introduced to the concept of landscape art.
Students demonstrate foreground, background, and middle ground.
Students add a variety of lines, shapes, and patterns to their art.
Students learn about the artist Karla Gerard and create landscapes in her style.

pencils paper markers watercolor color paper scissors

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Introduce lesson showing artwork by Karla Gerard.

Review and discuss line, shape, and pattern while looking at some of her work.

Discuss background, middle ground, foreground while looking at some landscape pictures. Houses and objects appear larger in the foreground and get smaller in the background, etc.

Student start their drawing with the foreground and work backwards.

Students can use watercolor tempera cakes, markers, oil pastels to color, outline, and add pattern, line, and shape to their landscapes.

Students draw and cut out houses from colored paper, add detail with marker and glue so that the larger houses are in the foreground and smaller house are in the background.


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 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

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

[K-4] Students explore and understand prospective content for works of art

Folk Art

Line, Rhythm/Pattern, Shape