To begin, the students were introduced to the artwork of the Folk Artists. In the presentation, we google image searched Folk Art from different cultures and they identified the different shapes, lines, colors and patterns that they see in in the artwork. They then created a pattern grid in their sketchbooks that they will later use in the creation of their Folk Art landscapes. During the next class, students brainstormed all the different types of landscapes that they can think of. They then began to simplify a landscape by creating a drawing that is using only simple shapes. Inside those shapes they then used their pattern grids to fill those shapes with different patterns. After they finished their drawing, they colored in the shapes of their patterns, playing close attention to the fact that color is an important factor in creating a pattern. They will also use the oil pastels to color in solid areas of color in their shapes to add contrast. The students then completed their artworks by painting their backgrounds using watercolors. When they have completed this task they will create a story about their landscapes in a written assignment.
Click on some of the images we looked at during our google search below: