Recently, I had the chance to collaborate with the fabulous 8th Grade Social Studies team at my school. As part of their curriculum, they discovered the significance of the landscape artists of the Hudson River School. After a brief art history presentation of the hidden qualities of these paintings, students ventured across the country into the pop-up mini galleries. Using iPads to access QR codes, students compared and contrasted selected works of the portfolios Hudson River School artists and journeyed along the path in which an artist made their plein-air sketches before returning to their studio to paint. Students then used formative and extended their knowledge with a S’More.
Finally, students were challenged to take a photograph that illustrates the style of the Hudson River School artists over their Spring Break.
This project is a great way to introduce the element of art, line, to Kindergarten students. Students use their kinesthetic intelligence to experience lines through movement – imitating the movement (or lack of movement) with the use of their arms. Students compare and contrast a variety of relevant images of objects, buildings, and logos that illustrate different line expressions as well as works of art by artists such as Kandinsky and Miro. Students develop their manipulative skills to draw curved, straight, wavy, and a multitude of other lines using oil pastels. Then, with watercolor paints, students add color and fill in the spaces between the lines. As an enrichment activity (especially for early finishers), students are encouraged to invent other lines and implement patterns on top of their dry painting using oil pastels.