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Imaginative Cartoon Landscapes

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will explore the three parts of a landscape (the foreground, middle ground, and background) by creating their own cartoon landscape. They will analyze how size creates the illusion of space in a landscape artwork.

Level

Areas of Study

Collections

Lesson Objectives

Students will learn about a horizon line and the three parts of a landscape: foreground, middle ground, and background.

Students will understand how size creates the illusion of space in a landscape artwork.

Students will create unique cartoon landscapes.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Facilitate a class brainstorming session focusing on possible locations for a landscape, e.g., the moon, a jungle, etc.
  • Explain what a horizon line is and discuss the three parts of a landscape.
  • Demonstrate how the size of objects creates the illusion of space.

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National Standards


Create

Elaborate on an imaginative idea.

VA:Cr1.1.3a

Document, describe, and represent regional constructed environments.

VA:Cr2.3.4a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

15 minutes

Demonstration Time

20 minutes

Student Studio Time

1 hour and 30 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • White drawing paper
  • Pencils
  • Black markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Tempera paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Water

National Standards


Create

Elaborate on an imaginative idea.

VA:Cr1.1.3a

Document, describe, and represent regional constructed environments.

VA:Cr2.3.4a

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Steps

Brainstorm Landscape Ideas

Brainstorm creative locations for a landscape. (For example: the mall, the mountains, a sewer, etc.)

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Instructional Materials

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Basic Drawing Vocabulary

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Space: Creating the Illusion of Depth

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Reference

Imaginative Landscapes

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Formative

A Line is a Dot on a Walk

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