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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

2nd Grade Poppies in Perspective

Created on January 15, 2013 by Tiedemania

Lesson plan featuring 2nd grade paintings of poppies with a focus on perspective. Attached you will find a copy of my lesson created using the Art Teacher Toolkit software, a rubric, a link to my art blog featuring students working on their poppy paintings and a link to my students poppy paintings in our Artsonia gallery.

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4 sessions; 40 minutes per session

1. Students will be able to paint poppies in perspective, making larger poppies in the foreground, medium poppies in the middleground and small poppies in the background, creating perspective/depth inspired by the famous poppy field scene in the Wizard of Oz and Georgia O'Keeffe.

1. Sky blue construction paper
2. Tempera Paints
3. Oil Pastels

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Show YouTube video: Wizard of Oz Poppy Field Scene

1. Ask Essential/ Guiding Questions:
What do you notice about the difference between this scene (black and white) from the Wizard of Oz, and this one (color)? The Wizard of Oz was one of the first films to ever be produced in color. What do you think people thought or felt about this at the time and why? If a painter were to create this scene, what would it be called (landscape)? What do you notice about the flowers closest to you and the flowers that are closer to the horizon line? What do you notice about the color?
Share Georgia O’Keeffe’s flower paintings as artist inspiration.

2. 2nd grade artists will discuss the famous poppy field scene in the story, "The Wizard of Oz".

3. We will look at pop-up illustrations created by Robert Sabuda.

4. We will also compare scenes from the movie that were originally filmed in black and white to the scenes that were produced in color. 2nd graders will have an idea of how very special it must have been for movie goers to see the Wizard of Oz in color after only being able to watch movies in black in and white. The Wizard of Oz was one of the first films to ever be shown in color.

5. We will discuss perspective before creating poppy landscapes.

6. 2nd graders will begin their work by adding the white clouds in the distance.

7. Then, they will paint large red poppies in the foreground, medium sized poppies in the middle ground, and very small poppies in the background to create depth or perspective.

8. They will use a variety of green oil pastels to draw stems and grass and then painted white and yellow flowers to add even more interest.

9. Finally, they will paint the centers of their poppies with black paint and add more detail using white and yellow oil pastels.

10. Students will complete self assessment rubrics.

Students may take a gallery walk to see other’s work.

See photos of students at work here:

Students will be assessed on the attached rubric.

Link to YouTube Video: Wizard of Oz Poppy Field Scene

I have attached my full lesson that I created using the Art Teacher Toolkit software along with a my rubric. Feel free to print and use with your students.

Photos of my students and their work are featured here on my B.A. Art Blog:


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
[K-4] Students describe how different materials, techniques, and processes cause different responses

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
[K-4] Students describe how different expressive features and organizational principles cause different responses

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

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

[K-4] Students know that the visual arts have both a history and specific relationships to various cultures
[K-4] Students identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times, and places
[K-4] Students demonstrate how history, culture, and the visual arts can influence each other in making and studying works of art

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

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

[K-4] Students understand and use similarities and differences between characteristics of the visual arts and other arts disciplines
[K-4] Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum

Georgia O’Keeffe

Abstract Art, Realism

Balance, Color/Value, Contrast, Line, Proportion/Size, Rhythm/Pattern, Shape, Space, Unity/Harmony

Paper, Pastel, Tempera

English/Language Arts, Performing Arts

  • StephieArtTeacher 01/16/2013 at 04:22pm
    Really nice lesson! I want to use it with my 3rd graders, thanks so much for sharing!

  • Tiedemania 01/16/2013 at 04:52pm
    Thanks StephieArtTeacher! I'm happy to share and hope you and your students enjoy the lesson!

  • laurakatherin 02/18/2013 at 03:16pm
    What a great lesson for spring time. Thanks for sharing!

  • RVArtist 02/19/2013 at 05:03am
    Thanks for sharing! I am doing a unit of Van Gogh with all of my different grade levels and I am planning on doing this project with my 3rd graders based on Van Gogh's Poppy Field painting. This goes along with it great.

  • mrssuzannemoore 05/01/2013 at 12:03pm
    I like this lesson. I find kids have a hard time getting away from daisies and tulips. They also seem to like to only draw flowers in rows. This lesson gets them away from both of these issues.

  • mtnbrooke7 05/27/2013 at 05:38am
    Great spring lesson, thanks for sharing!