Submitted by:Meghan Yarnell, Art teacher at Perrysburg Junior High
Title of Lesson: Van Gogh Watercolor Fields
Grade level: 5th-7th grade
Goals / Objectives:
1.) Students will learn about space techniques through a demonstration and daily participation.
2.) Students will learn about watercolor techniques through demonstration and hands-on creation.
3.) Students will learn about one-point perspective through demonstration and hands-on creation.
Pass out the "Things in a Field" hand-out. Review what you would find in a field. Students will complete sketches of fields using one-point perspective and space techniques (Size, detail, overlapping and placement).
Go over the rubric with the students. Students will have their sketches approved by the teacher. They will get a sheet of watercolor paper and draw their sketch lightly on the paper.
Students will trace over every pencil line with crayons, pressing hard.
Demonstrate watercolor techniques (white crayon, salt, bubble wrap, plastic wrap and rubbing alcohol) to students. Tell them that watercolor should be transparent, not thick. Students will paint their landscapes with the watercolor paints.
Students will continue painting their landscapes. If they finish early, they can work on participation.
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