Free Lesson Plan: Spring Botanical Drawing and Painting

Title/Description: Spring Botanical Drawing and Painting

Level: Elementary School

Duration: Two 45-minute class periods

Historical Overview: Albrecht Durer and Henri Matisse

Goals and Objectives: To introduce drawing and painting techniques

Vocabulary: Line quality, shading, form, caste shadow

Materials: Colored pencils, charcoal pencils, soft #4B pencil, flowers (real or plastic), construction paper, paints, brushes, sponges

Procedures:

Day 1

  1. Anticipatory Set: Show posters and books of images of different prints by Durer and photos from flower shows.
  2. Set up still life of flowers.
  3. Have students identify and brainstorm types of flowers.
  4. Demonstrate how to draw each.
  5. Have students follow along using pencil.
  6. Have students break into groups to draw from flowers.
  7. Have students experiment with line quality, form, and caste shadow.

Day 2

  1. Anticipatory Set: Show posters and books of images of different prints and paintings by Matisse.
  2. Students make vase: painting patterns on construction paper, folding and cutting both sides at once (not cutting on fold).
  3. Students use sponges and brushes to paint flowers, making repetitive movements onto white paper, adding green lines for stems.
  4. Students glue vase onto paper.

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