Mexican Landscape

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mexican landscapeDiversity Day is approaching, so I’m trying to integrate each classroom’s chosen country into their art lessons. No small task, but for some reason I enjoy the challenge. A second grade class made this drawing today, which was an exercise in drawing close shapes large and far shapes small.
1. I started with colored paper so that the houses could be colored a nice, bright white. With a pencil, a horizon line was drawn about 1/3 of the way down the paper. I asked the students to draw a vertical wavy road, and then add at least three houses along that road. The closest house was to be the largest, the next smaller, and so on. I demonstrated some simple examples of Spanish-style houses with tile roofs and wooden doors. Trees could also be added, keeping the close ones large, etc.
2. When the drawing was done, the pencil lines were traced with a fine tip black Sharpie.
3. Lastly, all the shapes were colored in with colored pencils. The students seemed to enjoy this project more than most so I’m going to maybe try variations of it in the future.
CA Visual Art Standard: Creative Expression, Grade Two
2.3 Depict the illusion of depth (space) in a work of art, using overlapping shapes, relative size, and placement within the picture.

3 Responses

  1. Jannell
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    Very nice. Last year I did a series of ethnic art projects with my 3/4 and 5/6th home school co-op’s art classes. I liked the book Art From Many Hands-Multicultural Art Projects by Jo Miles Schuman. She has great ideas and lots of processes and background information all worked out. It was a great source and springboard for my own projects.

    Love your blog THE MOST of all art blogs ever seen!

    Jannell at artteajannell.blogspot.com

  2. poppyart
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    i often look at your blog but haven’t left a comment… so just to say ‘thank you’. fab ideas, and a great chance for my son to be inspired. (there seems nothing here too girly!)
    bridgetx

  3. Love this idea!! May seems to be ‘architecture’ month in the world of elementary art and this is a great way to incorporate social studies, too!
    And, this is the first time I’ve commented on your blog. :-) You do such a great job with with your postings! Thanks!!

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