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Students have been exposed to multiple types of landscapes such as the school playground, their backyards, the street they live on, etc. By giving students the task of painting familiar landscapes, they have the opportunity to share a piece of their lives with their fellow classmates. Using Emily Carr’s painting entitled Forest Glade as inspiration, students will have the chance to create a landscape painting of a location of their choosing.


Students will be asked to pay attention to their surroundings at home and at school on the days before the intended class. Give students the option to bring in a photograph if they so choose, but it is not necessary. (This is important as some students need visual prompts and cannot work from memory).

Many examples need to be shown alongside that of Emily Carr. These images can be created either by the teacher, or found examples can be used from the Internet.


Note:  The example image of Emily Carr’s painting will be on display for the class to refer to if needed.

  1. When the art class begins students will be instructed to take a few minutes to visualize their landscape. 
  2. They will be told to close their eyes for 30 seconds and think of what they want to paint and get a mental image of the landscape. Those students who chose to bring in a photograph can also participate in the mental mapping of their landscape.
  3. Using a pencil, students will be instructed to quickly sketch out general placement of prominent landmarks in their image. (This can be as simple as where to place trees, buildings, etc) This is an important step as once they begin to use paint, it cannot be removed from the paper. 
  4. Once their sketch is complete, they can begin the next step.
  5. Students will identify their favourite colours from the choices available. The ideal would be to have a primary red, primary blue, primary yellow, secondary green, secondary purple, and secondary orange available for students to choose from. 
  6. Students will be given their paint tray with their chosen colours, along with some black and white paint. Be sure to not use too much black as it over powers most colours very easily. Once students have their paint they will begin painting. 
  7. Students will be encouraged to add as many details as they can possibly remember.
  8. The teacher can use this as an opportunity to circulate the room and asked questions to the students to attempt to remind them of details. Questions such as: Were there any other trees? How many windows are on the front of your house?
  9. If certain students finish their paintings early they can be given the task of cleaning up their workstation or perhaps starting another painting.
  10. This is dependent on the amount of time left in the class as well as the resources available.
  11. After all the paintings are complete and dry (probably the next day) students may be asked to present their masterpieces to the class and describe their landscape.


Tips and Tricks

Use small paintbrushes as it will allow students to add more details and will encourage them to be more patient. Most younger students will not look for smaller brushes to add detail so the size of the brush determines the amount of detail that will result in their final painting. 

Use a limited amount of water in the water containers as spills are bound to occur.