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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Grant Wood Inspired Landscape Collage

Created on January 21, 2013 by TheresaGillespie

This lesson packs a lot into one project! Students learn about artist Grant Wood, Intermediate colors, landscapes, and the collage technique. They use cooperative learning as they practice mixing intermediate colors used in painted papers for their collage landscape. It also includes a follow-up digital art and writing project that can be done on iPads.

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4 sessions; 45 minutes per session

1. SWBAT share some information about artist Grant Wood.
2. SWBAT define collage.
3. SWBAT define landscape.
4. SWBAT use overlapping technique to show space and depth in a picture.
5. SWBAT mix all six intermediate (tertiary) colors.
6. (optional follow-up project) SWBAT write a set a words inspired by their artwork.

1. White paper
2. Construction paper
3.Tempera paint
4. Painting combs or other items to scrape lines into the paint
5. Brushes and paper plates
6. Glue
7. Scissors
8. Grant Wood images, video, and information
9. iPads and WordFoto app (optional follow-up project)

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(Session 1)
1. Introduce Intermediate colors
- review primary and secondary colors
- discuss and demo how to mix intermediate colors
2. Discuss visual texture
- demo how to use painting comb or craft stick to draw texture into the wet paint
3. Have students pair up and work together to mix an intermediate color
- each student uses the mixed color to paint a white paper and add visual texture with a painting comb or craft stick
(Session 2)
4. Students continue mixing and painting intermediate colors until all 6 have been made.
(Session 3)
5. Introduce the artist Grant Wood
-show images of his artwork, especially his landscapes
- discuss the shapes, overlapping, space and perspective in his landscapes
6. Demo how to use the painted papers to create a landscape collage
-choose a color of construction paper to glue collage on
-emphasize the overlapping
(Session 4)
7. Students create landscape collage
(Optional Follow-up Digital Art and Words Project)
8. Students use iPads with WordFoto app
-photograph finished collage with app
-add a set of words that are inspired by the landscape
-adjust settings to create a finished product they like
-email finished work to teacher or save to camera roll

Students will be assessed by:
Observing and listening to choices and conversations during the cooperative color mixing part.
Filling out an exit slip listing one thing they learned about Grant Wood.
Reviewing the final artwork for craftsmanship, creativity, and directions followed.

Dropping In On Grant Wood dvd

Be sure and contact me with any questions or more in-depth information on the optional digital follow-up project!


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 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

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

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 6:
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

[K-4] Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum

Grant Wood

American Art

Color/Value, Shape, Space, Texture

Collage, Painting

English/Language Arts