Teachers Lesson Plans

Panoramic landscapes: Grade 9-12


Part of the basic training given at the Military Academy in Woolwich consisted of copying drawings. This exercise taught the cadets the effect of light and shade and helped them to understand aerial perspective. The procedure was as follows: the principle components of the drawing were lightly sketched in lead pencil. Pen and ink was then used to outline the shapes, and then light shades of watercolour were used to set off the drawing. The composition was built around a central vanishing point, with figures added to give life to the image. The exercise provided the students with a compositional grid that could then be applied to a new site.

After showing the students the landscapes in the Lord Dalhousie Lesson Plan, especially the work by James Pattison Cockburn, The Cone of Montmorency, as It Appeared in 1829, they will manipulate and organize elements and principles of design to create a panoramic landscape.


Students will learn how to manipulate and organize elements and principles of design to plan their artworks.


Students will produce a two dimensional work, using a variety of materials, tools and processes.


Students will explain the organization of visual content in the creation of an art- work.

Cross Curriculum Links:

This lesson plan also explores the subject areas of English language; History/Geography


2 60-minute sessions