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A Landscape Interpretation

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will use comprehension, fluency, and composition to write a paragraph describing the landscape they live in. Students will exchange paragraphs with a classmate who will interpret the descriptive writing in order to create a watercolor landscape based on it.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will use descriptive language to write a paragraph about the landscape they live in.

Students will interpret their classmate’s paragraph and transfer it to visual language.

Students will create a watercolor landscape inspired by the narrative.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Introduce descriptive writing to students and highlight the correlation between strong descriptions and successful visualization.
  • Support students using descriptive language in their writing.
  • Demonstrate various watercolor techniques.
  • Guide students in the transfer of written word to visual language.

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National Standards


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

VA:Cr1.2.Ia

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

15 minutes

Demonstration Time

15 minutes

Student Studio Time

2 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Lined paper
  • 9” x 12” white watercolor paper
  • Pencils
  • Watercolors & water containers
  • Watercolor pallets
  • Masking tape & rubber cement
  • Salt
  • Plastic wrap

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

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Steps

Write, Trade, & Interpret

Respond to prompts. Write a detailed paragraph describing the landscape. Trade paragraph with a classmate. Read the paragraph. Ask any clarifying questions that might help create the landscape.

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Instructional Materials

Reference

Watercolor Techniques

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Watercolor Landscape

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Critique

Watercolor Painting Critique Guide

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Formative

Watercolor Techniques Pre-Test

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