Teachers Lesson Plans
The Changing Composition: Grade K-3
Prepare an assortment of different coloured papers that are related to traditional colours we see in landscape paintings, blue, brown, green and beige.
Have students tear or cut strips of paper that can be used to represent different elements of a landscape. For example, light blue papers can be used to create sky, earth tones for a hillside greens or browns for foreground, darker blues for water, etc
Have students cut out magazine images for either little figures or for trees and bushes to be placed within the landscape. No more than four or five elements should be created.
Encourage students to place the papers over one another in order to create a composition.
Allow the students a chance to rearrange these elements to create figures that are closer to the picture plane and further away. How does this placement change the scale of these figures?
Have students experiment with the horizon line to create a range of spatial effects.
Students should select their favourite composition and attach all the loose elements with glue to permanently affix their composition.
Frame the elements using the black matte.
Add finishing details and highlights to your composition with markers or pencils.