SPRING LANDSCAPE – Impressionism, Texture, Space

Students work on black construction paper using white tempera paint to fill in foreground, middle ground and background with a variety of brushstrokes and then paint over the white paint with colours to create a spring landscape in the style of the Impressionists.

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SPRING LANDSCAPE – Impressionism, Texture, Space


  • Crayola Washable Paint
  • Crayola Paint Brushes - 5 Count
  • Crayola Construction Paper - Black - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Water Containers
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Container Lids for Palettes


Step 1
  1. Use two different paintbrushes.
  2. Fill the paper with different brushstrokes.
  3. Change the way you hold the brush to make a mark.
  4. Change the amount of pressure you use to make a mark.
  5. Change how much space you leave between the marks.
Step 2
  1. Imagine a horizon line near the top half of your paper with sky above and land below this line
  2. Use different brush strokes to fill in the space on your paper.
    - foreground - the space that seems closest to the viewer, at the bottom of the paper
    - middle ground - the space in the middle of the paper between the foreground and the background
    - background - the space that seems far away from the viewer, closest to the top of the paper
  3. Make sure the brush strokes show the differences between each area.
Step 3
  1. Paint over the white brushstrokes with a variety of colours.
  2. Colours in the foreground are the brightest.
  3. Colours in the middle ground are duller – add violet and white to dull the colour.
  4. Colours in the background are the dullest – add more white and violet.
  • Subjects:

    • Language Arts,

    • Science,

    • Visual Arts

  • Grades:

    • Grade 1,

    • Grade 2,

    • Grade 3,

    • Grade 4,

    • Grade 5,

    • Grade 6

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