Unit: African Art
Grade Level: 3rd-5th grade
Suggested: 1 and a half days
- 1B3 Apply paint in even strokes to create a watercolor wash
- 3A5 Create an original outdoor scene to show the illusion of space
Elements of Art: Color and Space
Principles of Design: Balance and Unity
Materials and Equipment: 12X18" multimedia paper, pencils, crayons, watercolors, paint brush, water, cups, references, computer, internet
General Vocabulary: background, middle ground, foreground, horizon line
1. Read a book about animals in Africa.
2. Tell the students that they will be learning how to work with watercolors and how to draw a landscape.
3. Tie in artists who have done these types of paintings and show examples of paintings.
- Give the students their 12X18" multimedia paper
- Explain to the students that they need to draw 3 animals in this landscape. 1 animal in the foreground, 1 in the middle ground and 1 in the background.
- Have the students start drawing their picture with the pencil
- Next, have the students go over their pencil marks with a crayon
- After the students have completed the outline with crayon, have the students start painting with watercolors
4. Demonstrate an example of what you want in the painting
Demonstrate how to make washes with the watercolors
5. Walk around the room and check on the pencil drawing before the students move on to the crayon drawing
6. Drawing with pencil, outlining with crayon, painting with watercolors and critiquing their own paper
7. Have the students critique their own paper the next day.
Content: The student included 3 animals in the landscape and used watercolors effectively.
Creativity: The student had unique animals, unique placement of the animals and used unique washes with the watercolors.
Craftsmanship: The student pressed hard enough with the crayon that the watercolor resisted the wax. The student did not have any white spaces on the painting.
Completion: The student completed the painting on time and completed the self-critique.