Fourth Graders have been busy creating these exciting outdoor scenes. We started out by studying many different landscapes from paintings by master artists as well as photographs of lovely scenes around us.
This project taught the children a great deal about perspective. I introduced the children to the concept of a horizon line, to visually separate the land from the sky. We then worked on creating a focal point, specifically, a pathway to lead the viewer’s eye from the foreground to a vanishing point somewhere on the horizon.
Once the basics were laid into place, the children were free to decorate their scenes with as many interesting items as they could create. They filled up their scenes with a myriad of trees, boulders, shrubs, water bodies, and animal life as their pictures would hold.
From there, the students learned about many different items as this project became a mixed media event. The children incorporated sharpies, crayons, oil pastels, textured rubbing plates, and watercolors in their designs. Their results, are truly impressive!