Age Group: 9-12yrs Themes: Landscapes & Paper Collage
To explore the elements for foreground, middle ground and background to create a visually stimulating landscape paper collage
To create a collage of a forest landscape using colored paper
To learn how to overlap paper to give a perception of debt
Construction paper of 5 different colors
Landscapes by my Grade 5 Students
Visual Arts Competencies
Competency #1: "Creates personal images"
Uses ideas to create visual art work.
Organizes their visual arts production, by choosing the materials they wish to use and how they will arrange them.
Shares their experience of visual arts creation by discussing their finished collage and giving feedback on the collages of their peers.
To produce individual works and media works in the visual arts that is original.
Competency #3: "Appreciates works of art"
Students will gain an appreciation for the different types of art that are involved in the representation of landscapes.
Students will appreciate the works of their peers as well as their own by discussing these works at the end of the activity.
Background: The part of the picture plane that seems to be the farthest from the viewer.
Collage: An artistic composition made of various materials, such as paper glued on a surface.
Foreground: Part of a two-dimension artwork that appears to be nearest or in the "front" of the image.
Composition: The Overall placement and organization of elements in a work of art, as well as the interrelationships between individual elements.
Design: The plan, conception or organization of a work of art; the arrangement on independent parts to make an organized whole.
Two-dimensional: Having height and width but no depth.
Introduction: 5-10 minutes
Ask students to give examples of the different types of landscapes. Example: forest, ocean, mountain, prairie lands, urban.
Discuss landscapes with the student, and what elements they could use to incorporate a forest landscape.
Discuss foreground, background and middle ground. Show examples using famous artworks.
Show class the prototype examples of the project.
Go through the different steps to explain to students how to overlap the elements of their landscape.
Demonstration: 5 minutes
Show the students the prototypes for the art they will be making.
Show a second prototype of a forest collage landscape
Show students the display of colored construction paper on the table.
Tell them they should begin by picking two colored papers to attach together to be the base of their landscape.
Tell students they are expected to show different layers in their landscape by incorporating elements such as mountains, rocks, trees, and rivers.
Remind students to avoid wasting paper, and return any extra paper to the small recycling bin placed in the front of class.
Each student should select no more than 5 small pieces of different colored paper.
Prototype of a Landscape Collage by Sinthia Cousineau
Work Time: 1hr
Students will work individually at their desks
Students are divided in teams, and each team will be called to select two pieces of paper to begin with.
If student finish early they can help clean up the classroom or continue their reading and homework assignments.
Five minutes before cleanup time, mention to students they need to finish the last detail they are working on and begin cleaning soon.
Ask them to return paper that is still useable and to recycle pieces of paper that are too small.
Close-up: 5 minutes
One all work are submitted, the teacher will display them on the wall and have the class comment on the works of their peers.
The students will be asked which works they enjoy the best, and which ones display the best debt perception
My Students working on their Collage Landscapes
My Grade 5 Class Finished Landscapes
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Display of Student Work
I displayed the student's landscapes in the hallway above their lockers so they can enjoy them when preparing for recess or arriving to school. This is also a useful location because their peers from other classes also get to admire their work, which gives the student's a sense of pride.