ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

One Point Perspective & Grant Wood Lesson for Early Elementary

Updated on October 25, 2018
iijuan12 profile image

I am a Christian. I was an 8th-grade American History teacher. I am currently a freelance writer, public speaker, & homeschooling mom of 8.

One Point Perspective & Grant Wood Lesson for Early Elementary
One Point Perspective & Grant Wood Lesson for Early Elementary

This is the 7th lesson in a series of 30 hands-on art lessons for Kindergarten, 1st, & 2nd grade. This lesson focuses on one point perspective using an autumn theme & inspired by Grant Wood. We will also include a new class medium: oil pastels. I used this plan while teaching a weekly 45 minute art class for children in Kindergarten, 1st, & 2nd grades. Each lesson includes an art concept, introductory book, focus on an artist, and a variety of art techniques to make each lesson engaging & memorable. Use these fun lessons with your classroom, homeschool, after-school program, or co-op!

Fall Plowing & Arbor Day by Grant Wood - Images are from https://americangallery.wordpress.com/category/wood-grant/
Fall Plowing & Arbor Day by Grant Wood - Images are from https://americangallery.wordpress.com/category/wood-grant/

Grant Wood & One Point Perspective

1. We will again be working on landscapes. Who remembers the artist we learned about last week? (Henri Rousseau) He loved to draw jungle landscapes, but many art critics said his paintings looked flat. They didn't have perspective. Today we're going to learn how to add some perspective to our landscapes.

2. Grant Wood was especially good at showing perspective.

  • Share a little bit about Grant Wood by reading some of Grant Wood by Mike Venezia.
  • Show some of his paintings (such as the ones above) and ask the children to point out where the road ends or where everything seems to disappear from our view point. This is the vanishing point.
  • Ask a child to point out where the sky & land meet. This is the horizon line.
  • What is way in the back? (Allow students to answer). We call this back part the background.
  • What is in the middle? (Point to it and allow children to answer.) This is the middle ground.
  • What looks like it's closest to you? (Allow students to answer.) We call that the foreground.
  • Which items look biggest: the ones in the foreground or in the background? (foreground). Yes, when artists use perspective, they paint the objects in the foreground larger, clearer, & brighter. The items in the background are smaller and not as clear or bright.

You will need:

  • Copies of paintings by Grant Wood
  • Grant Wood (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists) by Mike Venezia or other book on Grant Wood

Grant Wood (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)
Grant Wood (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)

This provides a nice overview of the life and works of Grant Wood. It was too long to read in class, but my children really enjoyed the parts we read and liked seeing the illustrations and paintings.

 

White Outline

3. Lead the children in creating the white outline of the picture.

  • Pass out black construction paper and a white crayon to each child.
  • Lead them in drawing the horizon line by measuring their pinkie finger of the left hand on the bottom of the page on the right side & left side. Draw a line straight across through those two dots. Now turn the paper so that line is towards the top. This is your horizon line.
  • Lead the children in drawing each of the pumpkins. The first pumpkin on the left is closest to you, so it will be the largest one. The one is the middle will be the middle-sized. The one in the back will be the smallest. That will make it appear like it's further away. (If children draw them too small, have them draw another set of 3 on the other side.)
  • Lead the children in drawing the lines coming from the vanishing point. Make sure the lines hop over the pumpkins!
  • Lead the children in drawing the barn and silo.
  • The can add something else to make it special (the moon, a scarecrow, corn plants, a horse, etc.).

You will need per child:

  • black construction paper
  • white crayon

Using oil pastels
Using oil pastels

Finishing the picture with oil pastels

4. Allow students to color the pictures using oil pastels.

  • The fun part of using pastels is mixing the colors, so don't just use orange for the pumpkins. Add in some yellow and red. Those 3 colors are what kind of colors? (warm) For the fields, don't just use green. Add in some blue and purple. Those 3 colors are what kind of colors? (cool)
  • As the students color, demonstrate how them can smudge together the colors using a paper towel or their finger. Just make sure to not smudge across your white lines!
  • If students finish early, let them create their own drawing on the back of the paper.

You will need:

  • oil pastels
  • paper towels

5. Take photos of each child and their masterpiece.

(This art project idea came from http://artolazzi.blogspot.com/2011_09_01_archive.html .)

Samples of Pumpkin & One Point Perspective Projects by students in 1st & 2nd grade
Samples of Pumpkin & One Point Perspective Projects by students in 1st & 2nd grade

Looking for All My Lessons?

(I'll be posting a new lesson each week.)

© 2018 Shannon

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)