Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fall Landscape

Back in the elementary art room and I couldn't wait to try this landscape project on my 4th grade.  I started the second time that I saw the kids on this project, and we have finished it with most classes just now.   My hope was that we would be able to share these with the rest of the school by displaying them, but I sent them home because I wanted the artist to be able to display their work in time for the holidays.

There was a change to the elementary art schedule this year and we only see each class every 6 days.  In the past I had seen all classes 34 times/hours.  Now we have them 28 times/hours... adding in field trips, fire drills, and school breaks... we are running a little later than expected.  I have discovered that I will not be able to create seasonal artworks, at least ones as in-depth as this one ended up being.

Class 1: Students took a pre-test (soon to post about this)  and notes on landscapes and the idea of depth; concentrating on foreground, middle ground and background.  We also learned how to draw pumpkins and a tree.

Class 2:  Students create their light source with oil pastels.  They either did a full moon for night time or a sun if their scene was in the day.

Class 3:  Students worked on creating the ground with torn paper.  If they had time to create their tree with torn paper, they did this as well. 

Class 4:  Class was filled with drawing pumpkins with oil pastels.  They cut out the pumpkins, added the shadows, and glued them all down.

A post-test was administered after the project was complete, or near completion.  Additional 'treats' were added onto the landscape if time allowed for the students such as birds, leaves, and extra pumpkins. 

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  1. I love these! I have something similar planned for my 2's but I was just going to do black/white/gray sky - now you've got me rethinking! Thanks for the post - love the cast shadows too

  2. I really like YOUR pre and post assessments (well, and the landscapes, of COURSE!).