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A Rainy Day Stroll With Afremov

Crayola Oil Pastels and inspiration by Leonid Afremov lead to boldly colorful rainy day landscapes.

  • Grade 5
    Grade 6
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Introduce students to artist Leonid Afremov. Provide a few interesting facts (i.e. he paints only with palette knives) and review some of his pieces. As a class, discuss his body of work, What subjects does he commonly paint? In what kind of style? What mood? What types of colors? What do the students like? Like less? etc. There are several YouTube videos that would be appropriate: one which shows Afremov's process can be found at
    2. Give students a piece of white paper, pencils and a ruler (optional) discuss horizon line (the line that intersects the page and separates the sky from the ground) and one point perspective (in this case a path or road that begins on the bottom of the page and narrows towards a single point that can be anywhere on the page). Have students draw their horizon line and path on their papers. Encourage students not to choose the center of the page for either to create more interesting compositions.
    3. Students sketch in other details like trees, lampposts, benches people walking down the path with umbrellas, etc. Remind students that like their paths or streets the items in their drawing should get smaller the farther away they become.
    4. Provide students with a variety of Crayola® Oils Pastel colors. Have students color in their landscapes using loose, small, overlapping patches of bright colors in analogous and complimentary tones as they saw in Afremov’s style.
  • Standards

    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.

    VA: Compare the characteristics of works in two or more art forms that share similar subject matter, historical periods, or cultural context.

    VA: Integrate visually and spatial concepts with content to communicate intended meaning.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas.

  • Adaptations

    There is a short documentary about Afremov’s life that can be found at His early life can be used as a springboard for many Social Studies topics including: citizenship and civics, communities and neighborhoods, groups, institutions and society, and power, authority and governance.

    Students create different scenes from their communities in Afremov’s style or in different seasons.

    Create a science unit on rain, the water cycle, make and use a rain gauge (pluviometer), track precipitation/weather.

    Read rain inspired books and do a reading response on how they feel like or unlike the character in the book, recount a rainy day experience, etc.


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  • Collaboration.
  • Change.
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