These landscape paintings took the students about 7 classes to finish and so many students really poured their heart into their artwork. I saw 5th graders totally immersed in the process and lots of students being courageous trying new techniques.
We began this project by looking at photographs of the lovely landscape where we live. Our school is less than a mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway and being in Asheville, we are a few minutes drive from these gorgeous mountain views.
We looked at photographs of mountain landscapes during sunrise, mid-day and sunset. I helped direct a conversation about the three layers that are seen in each (background, midground, foreground) and about how during the different times of day, the colors are different in each layer.
Next they drew two lines across their canvases to separate the image into the three layers-background, midground, foreground.
I'm annoyed that I didn't take any photos of the next step, but they each selected just one color for each layer and painted in each layer. Many of the kids were very confused about this step and ha a hard time grasping why they would choose just ONE color to paint a layer when there are obviously so many more colors.
I reassured them that many artists work in a similar way and that it provides a base color as they add in more layers and details of other colors.
We used acrylic paints for this project that I pre-mixed. I had about 30 different colors set out for them. I just put lids on them between classes to keep them wet.
On the foreground, students made sure to make the trees, flowers, etc that were further back smaller than what was closer.
I absolutely LOVE how these landscapes turned out. Each student's unique style really shines. They worked hard and were very engaged during these paintings. I am a very proud art teacher!