Art Classes: Level III


Level III-Lesson 11: The Canada Goose


Learn to use the rule of thirds to arrange objects in a composition

Art Lesson Description:

It’s easy to recognize a flock of Canada geese when they are flying—they honk and fly in a V-formation. But what happens to the tidy V-formation once they land? The birds scatter about randomly. So why not arrange a few of these easy-to-draw, majestic birds into an artistic pattern? That’s just what this lesson does.

Students will draw a small flock of three birds.

  • They will arrange them using the Rule of Thirds.
  • In the process, they will learn to use size and placement to create a sense of distance.
  • Then they will color the picture with mixed media:
    • Black magic marker,
    • Oil pastel, and
    • Watercolor.

The result is picture that contrasts between sharply drawn lines and a very loose approach to using watercolor.

THIS LESSON IS OFFERED IN BOTH VIDEO AND POWERPOINT FORMATS

The video version of the lesson allows for more experimentation with composition than in the PowerPoint version.


Learn Watercolor Techniques for Beginners by clicking here.

List of Supplies for Each Student:

  • One printout of the Canada goose warm-up
  • 1 sheet of 11” x 15” watercolor paper
  • 1 fine-tipped black magic marker
  • 1 pencil
  • Masking tape
  • A painting board to tape the watercolor paper onto (a 2’ x 2’ piece of 1/4” masonite works well)
  • A set of watercolors
  • 1 set of oil pastels
  • 1 brush: 1/2” flat watercolor brush (preferable), or #6 round watercolor brush

Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:

Facts about geese:

Use the habits of geese as an example of good character: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xINoemDoU0

Books for younger children:

Books for older children:


Approximate Time to Complete the Art Class:

  • Drawing the birds: 30 minutes
  • Using mixed media to color the picture: 30 minutes

 


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