Luscious Layered Landscapes

Luscious Layered Landscapes lesson plan

Create beautiful layered 3-D scenes in the striking style of famous Canadian artist, Ted Harrison. The unique technique? Glue! It dries clear!

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    Discover a contemporary artist! Ted Harrison paints majestic vistas, such as those in Canada’s Yukon, with bold lines and colors. Find some of his illustrations and discuss his painting techniques. Harrison uses wavy lines to break up space and create perspective. He chooses bright and unusual colors and simplified shapes. Tiny creatures accent his work.

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    Choose a scene. What landforms are found where you live? Rolling hills? Sand dunes on a beach? Mountains? Think about how you can use color and line to communicate the beauty of your area much like Harrison does when he paints Canadian scenes. How do the colors change at different times of the day?

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    Experiment. Sketch your ideas with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils on paper. Just erase if you change your mind! If you like, include tiny, whimsical figures. Experiment with different color combinations until you achieve a pleasing effect.

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    Make wavy glue lines. With your sketch as a guide, use Crayola School Glue to outline your picture on white or light-colored construction paper or white foam board. Air-dry the glue overnight.

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    Fill the spaces. Use thick layers of Crayola Twistables to color in the spaces between the white lines under the glue. Mix colors to get unusual hues. Lightly buff the color with a soft tissue.


  • LA: Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grade level text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
  • LA: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
  • SCI: Obtain information about the locations of a variety of Earth’s features and map the geographic patterns that emerge.
  • SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.
  • SS: Explore factors that contribute to one's personal identity such as interests, capabilities, and perceptions.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.


  • Students research the life and career of artist Ted Harrison, or another contemporary artist of interest. Organize research into an electronic format to share with classmates.
  • Students study landscape photographs from their home village, town, or city. Select one or two photographs and attempt to see the pictures through the lens of artist Ted Harrison. Think about re-creating these scenes using color and line to communicate the beauty of the area. Now paint! Label your finished artwork according to the photographic images you selected.
  • Students may choose to use black construction paper or foam paper to create dark lines with the glue. Fill the spaces with Construction Paper Crayons, which draw beautifully on black.
  • Students research the geography of a location that is much different than where they live. Create a new landscape based on studies. How would you create a scene on the moon? In the middle of an ocean? On another planet?
  • Students experiment with placing various shades and hues next to each other. What different looks can be created when you place complementary colors next to each other?