Teachers Lesson Plans

The Group of Seven

Academic
Academic
Definition: Strict observance of conventional rules.

Bleak
Bleak
Definition: Showing or suggesting a deep sadness or grim depression. Referring to mourning and death.

Composition
Composition
Definition: The organization of a scene represented on the canvas. The composition lines give the painting its structure.

Idealize
Idealize
Definition: To give an ideal form. Painter who idealizes his model.

Interpret
Interpret
Definition: To give a sense or a meaning to something.

Benjamin West
The Death of General Wolfe, 1770


Landscape
Landscape
Definition: A work of art depicting a scene in nature.

Sketch
Sketch
Definition: The first stage of a work, showing the overall theme and the main elements. Sketches can be done in pen or pencil, or quickly painted on canvas.

Symbolize
Symbolize
Definition: To use a symbol to depict, express or materialize something.

Technique
Technique
Definition: Set of procedures to create a work of art or obtain a predetermined outcome.

Wash
Wash
Definition: A method of doing or colouring a drawing using India ink or any other colour thinned with water. A wash may be used for shading, to reveal contours. One of the difficulties associated with washes is that the colours must be applied quickly so that they do not dry too fast or smear.

Watercolour
Watercolour
Definition: Paint mixed with water that is more transparent than gouache (a thicker water-based paint). Watercolours are applied on paper or board with a large soft-bristled brush. Since the colours are really thinned down, they produce a light background that allows the white of the paper to show through, thus acting as another colour.