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Patterned Landscapes

Students construct an abstracted landscape from a photo. Students use patterns to create various parts of the landscape; large patterns in the foreground, medium patterns in the middle ground and small patterns in the background.

  • Grade 2
    Grade 3
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Discuss the various planes of a landscape project using a picture from a nature magazine. Point out the simple geometric shapes that encompass a landscape, such as: triangle shapes for mountains, circular shapes or trees, cylinder shapes for tree trunks, etc. If available, use a Smart Board to draw these shapes on top of the photo image as a demonstration.
    2. Direct students to investigate various nature magazines for landscape images that they may convert into their painting, After choosing an image, students will use a pencil to lightly draw a simple line drawing of the landscape from the magazine photo image.
    3. Encourage students to 'break down' the various shapes in the photo image of the landscape into simple geometric images for their painting. Discuss the concept of using dark colors for the back of the landscape and light colors for the front of the landscape. Provide Crayola Watercolor Pads for students to draw the geometric shapes to be found in their original landscapes.
    4. After completing the line drawing of simple geometric shapes for objects in the landscape, students will use Crayola Jumbo Brushes and Brushes along with Washable Watercolors to paint their landscapes.
    5. Once the watercolor paintings have dried, students will add linear accents and highlights to their landscapes to accentuate the geometric designs in the landscapes with Crayola Washable Markers.
    6. Organize a student-lead critique where students verbally share with their peers in groups of 4 how they transformed the original landscape into a geometric versions for their painting.
  • Standards

    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.

    MATH: Reason with shapes and their attributes.

    VA: Make art or design with various materials and tools to explore personal interests, questions, and curiosity.

    VA: Repurpose objects or images to make something new.

  • Adaptations

    Students expand on the idea of transforming realistic shapes into geometric forms with animals or people for another variation on the drawing.

    Students create their own imaginary landscape using geometric shapes to represent inanimate objects such as food, candy, or machines etc.


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