Art Classes: Level III

Level III-Lesson 11: The Canada Goose

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

The lesson is suitable for students in grade 5 through adult.


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

This lesson includes both POWERPOINT and VIDEO versions of the lesson plus 2 downloadable printouts: a warmup and a drawing of the goose. (The video version of the lesson allows for more experimentation with composition than in the PowerPoint version.

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Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:

Facts about geese:

Use the habits of geese as an example of good character with this video.

Literature for younger children:

Literature for older children:

  • Wild Goose, Brother Goose, by Mel Ellis (Author) (#ad) A story told from the point of view of a goose. It’s been compared to Old Yeller and Born Free. Bring a hankie when you read it!
  • Read The Geese of Beaver Bog (#ad) by Bernd Heinrich.
  • Solitary Goose (#ad) by Sydney Landon Plum, is a moving, true account of how one woman interacts with an injured Canada goose.
  • The Snow Goose (#ad) by Paul Gallico: A tale about a dark, reclusive hunchback with a gift for love and healing, a timid country girl, and the wounded snow goose that brings them together. Good reading if you like a little sentimentality.


Approximate Time to Complete the Art Class:

  • Drawing the birds: 30 minutes
  • Using mixed media to color the picture: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 60 minutes


Original Image
Original Image
Drawing the goose
Drawing the goose
A Finished Art Lesson
A Finished Art Lesson

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