Online Programs: Landforms

To The Educator: Evaluation

Students should be able to identify landforms as well as the role landforms play in the traditions of landscape painting. There should be a fundamental understanding of the tools of atmospheric perspective as a technique to create the illusion of space in landscape painting. Students should have formulated some of their own ideas of styles, conceptions and principles of landscape art.

Lesson 1

Review the landforms identified in the Wellge panoramic image with the class in a game adapted from baseball. The class is divided into two teams. The player who is “up to bat” must correctly identify a chosen landform to get a base hit. A wrong answer results in a strike. The team with either the most base hits, or home runs is the winner.

Lesson 2

Divide students into groups to make a list of all the possible landforms that could be used as a subject in a landscape painting. Then, draw a circle around those in the list that are found in either a predetermined painting or in a region or state.

Lesson 3

Stage a debate to reflect on the philosophy of aesthetics in landscape art. Debate the statement “All good paintings of nature should be realistic.”

Lesson 4

Collect the student’s landscape paintings (Lesson 4) and either have a fellow student write a responding letter to their artist classmate (See Lesson 3) Or email the images to the Museum and set up an eschool chat with the Museum staff to exchange ideas about the student work. Students email images to the Museum for feedback.

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