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Create a 3-D presentation of the landscape where you live, or landforms anywhere in the world. The foreground, middle ground, and background layers pop right out!
During a study of geography, invite students to investigate various types of landforms, especially those in the regions undergoing study. Encourage seeking out the location of hills, bodies of water, valleys, wetlands, and other natural physical features. Children make predictions about how these landforms were created and research teacher selected Internet web sites to validate their predictions. Provide several classroom maps for observation, including elevation maps, for students to see the physical features of the Earth's surface.
Provide an opportunity for students to share their new knowledge about landforms with classmates. This can be done in a whole class setting or in small group presentations. Notice what features are the farthest away in the scene—those will be the background. Clouds and mountains, for example, might be several miles away. Sketch the background on a full sheet of Crayola Neon Xtreme Coloring Paper with Neon Xtreme Coloring Markers. You will fill them with interesting designs later.
Once presentations have concluded, share several photographs of well-known landforms and ask students to take note of features that appear farthest away in the scene-the scene's background. Ask students to sketch one of the backgrounds seen using a full sheet of Crayola Neon Xtreme Coloring Paper with Neon Xtreme Coloring Markers.
On a second sheet of Neon Xtreme Coloring Paper, students decide what large features are in front of the background. Trees and streams might be in middle ground. Allow class time for students to sketch their interpretation of middle ground features.
On a third sheet of Neon Xtreme Coloring paper, invite students to draw the foreground with Neon Xtreme Coloring Markers. The things closest to the viewer of a photograph might be buildings or flowers.
Next, students color their three grounds with Neon Xtreme Coloring Markers. Encourage children to experiment with different color combinations of the super bright colors. Students can create interesting textures in large spaces by outlining an object, a cloud for example, and then make lines following that outline. Keep following these lines until the area is filled in. To create interesting textures for grasses and trees, make small lines or shapes and overlap them with more of the same.
Students use Crayola Scissors to cut out the sections, making sure their sizes overlap but do not cover each other. Place several layers of self-adhesive foam dots on top of each other. Attach them to the back of the middle and foreground pieces.
Press the middle ground on top of the background so that it sticks out. Press the foreground on top of the middle ground.
Allow time for students to step back and observe their artwork. Let them know that they have just built relief scupltures. In small groups, encourage students to use Internet resources to view well known relief scupltures and analyze what characteristics of each art piece qualifies it as a relief sculpture.
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