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Abstract Landscapes

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will use a grid system to create an abstract version of a realistic landscape image using paint as the medium.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will create an abstract landscape image inspired by a realistic resource image.

Students will engage in making a work of art or design without having a preconceived plan.

Students will use a grid system to break the landscape down to a non-objective version.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Demonstrate creating a grid using a ruler.
  • Explain proper mixing and application of paint.
  • Demonstrate proper care for tools and materials.

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National Standards


Create

Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.

VA:Cr1.2.Ia

Engage in making a work of art or design without having a preconceived plan.

VA:Cr2.1.Ia

Apply relevant criteria from traditional and contemporary cultural contexts to examine, reflect on, and plan revisions for works of art and design in progress.

VA:Cr3.1.Ia

Engage in making a work of art or design without having a preconceived plan.

Prof.VA:Cr2.1

Apply relevant criteria from traditional and contemporary cultural contexts to examine, reflect on, and plan revisions for works of art and design in progress.

Prof.VA:Cr3

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

30 minutes

Demonstration Time

30 minutes

Student Studio Time

4 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Resource images
  • Acrylic paints
  • Brushes
  • Paint palettes
  • Water dishes
  • Paint towels
  • Pencils
  • Mixed media paper

National Standards


Create

Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.

VA:Cr1.2.Ia

Engage in making a work of art or design without having a preconceived plan.

VA:Cr2.1.Ia

Apply relevant criteria from traditional and contemporary cultural contexts to examine, reflect on, and plan revisions for works of art and design in progress.

VA:Cr3.1.Ia

Engage in making a work of art or design without having a preconceived plan.

Prof.VA:Cr2.1

Apply relevant criteria from traditional and contemporary cultural contexts to examine, reflect on, and plan revisions for works of art and design in progress.

Prof.VA:Cr3

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Steps

Grid Paper and Photo

Print a simple landscape for reference. Divide the image into fourths. Draw a similar grid on a sheet of mixed media paper.

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Instructional Materials

Reference

Parts of a Landscape

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Basic Painting Vocabulary

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Reflection

First, Then, Next Finally

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