The third and fourth classes were
spent adding color and detail to students’ favorite architectural prints.
They had a choice of using oil pastels,
metallic crayons, and/or pencils. I
encouraged them to accentuate the
printed lines and shapes by adding
color around them. They also added
details to the background to give their
buildings an interesting setting.
The project was successful on many
levels. It gave students a relevant
review of line and shape building,
incorporated our study of the art elements with the study of architecture,
allowed them to experiment with new
materials for printmaking, and incorporated an awareness of recycling.
Finally, it provided a meaningful
opportunity for students to be creative
in inventing their own buildings using
lines and shapes.
Beth Hubbert is an art teacher at Neblett
Elementary School in Sherman, Texas.
Students use visual structures and
functions of art to communicate
12 x 18" ( 30 x 46) Manila paper •
black tempera paint •
recyclable materials for •
printing: small pieces of
corrugated cardboard, plastic
and/or Styrofoam cups
(whole and cut in half)
newspaper to cover tables •
small plates for paint •
white tempera paint •
12 x 18" colored construction •
paper in dark colors
oil pastels, crayons, metallic •