Art Classes: Level V

Level V-Art Lesson 7:  The California Almond Orchard

Learn to use one-point perspective and learn pointillist painting techniques

The lesson is suitable for students in grade 7 through adult.

 

Art Lesson Description

In March, the almond orchards of California burst into bloom—pink blooms against a bright blue sky. This spring, one orchardist (a brother of ArtAchieve’s owner) sent a picture of his orchard at the time when there were as many petals on the ground as there were in the trees.

The image of the orchard with its trees in straight rows, and its pink petals sprinkled against the sky and and on the ground, suggested two important art concepts:

  • pointillism, and
  • one-point perspective.

The lesson begins by using the orchard’s arrangement to teach the principles of one-point perspective. Then it introduces Georges Seurat, the pioneer of pointillism, and compares his use of color with other pointillists' methods. After a brief warm-up that gets students to try painting dots of color with Q-tips, students create their own version of the orchard, using what they have learned about both pointillism and one-point perspective.

 

This lesson includes both POWERPOINT and VIDEO versions of the lesson. No printed warm-up is needed for the lesson.

 

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Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:

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Approximate Time to Complete the Art Lesson:

  • Painting the warm-up: 30 minutes
  • Drawing and painting the orchard: 3-5 hours
  • Total time: 3.5 - 5.5 hours


 

 


Original Image
Original Image
Warm-up project
Warm-up project
A Finished Picture
A Finished Picture

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