This quote was said by one of the most famous American philosophers, Henry David Thoreau. He is famous for his natural and philosophical writings and has inspired many artists such as Charles Burchfield and Marsden Hartley, to find their love of art through landscapes.
This quote was chosen because it implies that our imagination is boundless, it expresses what we would like to see, happened or achieve in the world we live.
Landscape painting refers to artwork that focuses primarily on landscapes and scenery. An element of art that we can related to is design or composition. Design or composition is how the artist unify line, colour, shape and form to make the artwork seems interesting as a whole (Schirrmacher & Fox, 2012). In this activity, children will be able to learn and practice the importance of placing and arranging different lines, shapes and colours while creating their piece. However, it is important for educators to note that landscape painting is not necessarily restricted to only to nature. It can also include images of sky scrapers. It is the educator’s role to foster children’s artistic development by allowing them express their own visions of the world creatively!
Step 1 – The Background
In this activity, we started off with our background. We first painted the acrylic paint onto the paper in a horizontal (side to side) motion and started from the top and work our way down. Here would be a great opportunity to teach children about colour theory. For example, we can teach children that we can create a lighter shade of blue by painting a small blob of white over the blue background or create a secondary colour by adding another primary colour.
Step 2 – Adding Details
Once the background is dried, it is time for us to add details to the painting. Using another paintbrush, we used yellow to paint a sunrise. Children can add any details they desire to such as seagulls, ocean waves and etc.
It is important for educators to reinforce the stages in landscape paintings because it will let children understand how layouts work and learn how to mix colours. Educators should encourage children to experiment with colour mixing themselves. Let them understand that those so called “little mistakes” can turn out to be something great! Therefore, instead of giving them formal lessons about colour theory, a great way to provoke children’s creative thinking is to facilitate the activity as the children progresses and find out what could happen together!
Here are the pictures of our end results from this activity:
♥ Gina ♥
Schirrmacher, R., & Fox, J.E. (2012). Art and creative development for young children (7thEd.). Belmont, CA: Delmar.
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