Third grade is working on two learning objectives: I can identify and create foreground, middle ground and background. & I can produce elements of a landscape in correct proportion. We started by looking at Grant Wood's painting "Fall Plowing". We discussed how artists create space by overlapping, including foreground, middle ground and background and putting large detailed items upfront and small items without details in the background. We drew a landscape of farm land including a fence, hills with crops and an orchard with trees in the same style as Grant Wood's. The second day we added crayon by tracing all our lines and coloring in heavily only our farm plants and trees. We then use watercolor to paint the entire paper. I stressed using realistic colors. On the last day we used construction paper to create two barns. One barn is 4 x 4" with details like a barn door and white trim and second barn with no details and glued them onto our painting showing correct proportions. I've been doing this lesson for about five years now. I really love how they turn out. I found this lesson on Art Sonia. Sorry I do not have the name of the teacher and school that shared this.
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