Sunday, May 20, 2018

Grade One: Places We Live Cityscapes

Students in grade one were shown two examples of how artists plan their pictures to fit within vertical and horizontal compositions, depending on their ideas. After much discussion, first graders were guided to see that the height of the tall skyscraper in Radiator Building by Georgia O'Keeffe, could best be emphasized in a vertical rectangle, while a horizontal rectangle can help focus our attention on the person on the rooftop of a building in Rooftops by Hugh Lee Smith.

Students were then given many rectangles cut from neutral colors in various sizes. They were instructed to use these simple rectangles to form buildings and cityscapes of their own design within either a vertical composition or a horizontal composition. This would require planning ahead of time, as their building(s) should be emphasized by the direction with which they held their paper.