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Russian Onion Dome Architecture

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will create architectural drawings inspired by Russian onion domes, most famously found on St. Basil’s Cathedral. They will use patterns to add detail to their architecture and then use a marker bleeding technique to add bold color to their buildings.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will learn about Russian architecture.

Students will compare the characteristics of onion domes found in Russia to other architecture from around the world.

Students will create their own onion domes that create a sense of depth by overlapping the bottoms of the buildings.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Introduce Russian architecture, including images, history, and descriptive words about the architecture.
  • Compare and contrast onion dome architecture with another architectural style.
  • Demonstrate how to draw an onion dome tower with connecting shapes.
  • Show how to use the marker bleeding technique.

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National Standards


Create

Explore and invent art-making techniques and approaches.

VA:Cr2.1.4a

Explore and invent art-making techniques and approaches.

4.VA:Cr2.1

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

15 minutes

Demonstration Time

15 minutes

Student Studio Time

3 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • 12” x 18” white paper
  • Pencils
  • Black permanent markers
  • Washable markers
  • Paintbrushes & water cups

National Standards


Create

Explore and invent art-making techniques and approaches.

VA:Cr2.1.4a

Explore and invent art-making techniques and approaches.

4.VA:Cr2.1

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Steps

Draw a Tower

Lightly draw a horizon line with a pencil on white paper. Draw one complete tower, ensuring the bottom starts below the horizon line.

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Instructional Materials

Reference

How to Draw an Onion Dome

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Types of Pattern

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Reflection

Before and After: Self Assessment & Reflection

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