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 4 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 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.

Learn Watercolor Techniques for Beginners by clicking here.


List of Supplies for Each Student:


Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:

Facts about geese:

  • All about birds: the Canada Goose
  • Audobon facts about Canada geese 
  • National Geographic facts about Canada geese  
  • Answers to questions about geese 
  • Interesting facts about geese 
  • Human Society information about geese  

Use the habits of geese as an example of good character:

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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