Grade Level: 4th+
- black paper – 1 piece per student (9”x12” or whatever… I used 8.5”x11”)
- liquid Elmer’s glue
- colored chalk or oil pastels
Vocab to discuss before beginning:
- foreground- the part of a view that is nearest to the observer (in art or life)
- middleground- the middle distance of a painting or photograph or life
- background- the area or scenery behind the middleground
- landscape- an area of countryside or land
- warm colors- colors associates with heat, the sun, fire
- cool colors- colors associates with water, ice, sky
- optional: Students can use a pencil at first to draw their lines, and then trace glue lines over their pencil… but it is completely possible to omit the pencil step and go straight to drawing with glue. What can your students handle? J
- When drawing with glue, tell kids to draw with it. The orange tip should be touching the paper. “This isn’t chocolate sauce and you shouldn’t drizzle it!”
- Be sure to clean the glue tips by simply twisting them closed/sealed and then use your fingers to pinch off any excess glue. Keep the glue bottles clean and they will last a LONG time.
- Thick glue lines are better than thin ones for this project. Bubbles happen and they are ok! These will take several hours to dry in most conditions. Best to take 2 days for this project.
- Once you begin coloring with chalk, don’t worry about fingerprints on your paper. Once you add color to every section, your landscape will look great and the fingerprints will be covered up.
- Blending more than one shade of a color can lead to beautiful results.
- Ask students to “imagine or picture” their papers divided into thirds or fourths. They will be drawing their first line in the bottom third or fourth. The line doesn’t need to be straight. Wobbly lines are good!
- Next draw the trees. Start with the front tree and then draw the 2nd tree poking out from behind the 1st They should both have trunks connected to the horizon line.
- Now draw mountains and hills in the background. Students might want to add “snow caps,” but it’s not necessary.
- Add a sun or moon to the sky. Finally add random straight or slightly curved lines to create an abstract look. Add many lines to the foreground, and even some to the trees and/or mountains.
- It could take overnight to dry.
Tips of how to color:
Pieces in progress and completed: