This lesson is borrowed from Deep Space Sparkle...here's the link below.
As suggested in Patty's lesson, we looked at imagery from Bryce Canyon National Park and Arches National Park in Utah. Since we live in Tennessee, we are completely unfamiliar with this landscape so I thought it was a good opportunity to 'take a trip' in the art room.
Thor's Hammer in Bryce Canyon
Hoodoos are tall skinny spires of rock that protrude from the bottom of arid basins and "broken" lands.
Information from http://www.nps.gov/brca/naturescience/hoodoos.htm
Arches National Park, Utah
Day One: Write about landscape and discuss foreground, middleground and background. Draw a sketch in "idea book" practicing making rock formations, either hoodoos or arches...or both. Also include desert plant life in sketch...aloe vera and/or prickly pear cactus plants.
Transfer sketch (or favorite parts) to a large piece of brown construction paper, sulphite would be best! Include foreground with plant life, middleground with rock formation and background mountains or sky.
I tried to keep this one pretty open-ended since it's the end of the year. They had the basics of what I wanted to see, and then 'designed' the rest...
Outline in black oil pastel and call it a day.
Day Two : Adding Colors with Chalk Pastels
They are working on a 9"x18" paper and most kids got the coloring completed in one 60 min class period. I thought it would take 2 days at least, but they were able to work quickly with awesome results!