Sunset Cityscapes

I do this project year after year with the 1st graders, and it’s always a hit. The kids really get cre­ative with their build­ings and the results are fabulous!

1. Begin by paint­ing clear water over a piece of white 9x12 water­color paper or heavy-weight con­struc­tion paper (what I use). Then do a wet-on-wet water­color wash of bright, sun­set col­ors (no black or brown). I like to show the stu­dents cal­en­dar pho­tos of col­or­ful sun­sets to inspire them!2. While your paint­ing is dry­ing, draw your build­ings on a sep­a­rate piece of black 9x12 con­struc­tion paper, using a white Pris­ma­color pen­cil. We talk about all the geo­met­ric shapes found in build­ings and I draw a few exam­ples on the board to show them how easy it is to com­bine these dif­fer­ent ele­ments to cre­ate a vari­ety of inter­est­ing build­ings. (I specif­i­cally tell them not to write any words on their build­ings, other than their name in the lower right corner.)

3. Next, go over tips for using scis­sors before turn­ing stu­dents loose to cut out their buildings.

4. Finally, glue your build­ings onto your sun­set back­ground, after it’s had time to dry. Remind stu­dents to apply glue to the smaller piece of paper and press it onto the larger paper. Also, remind them to glue their build­ings to the bot­tom edge of the paper, mak­ing sure their build­ings are rest­ing solidly on the ground and not float­ing in the sky!

Mount on a larger piece of black paper for a dra­matic effect.….

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One Response to Sunset Cityscapes

  1. Snippety Gibbet June 21, 2009 at 5:20 am #

    Hmm. I like that. I’m rather “done” on teach­ing their archi­tec­ture draw­ings in the same old way. I’ll have to book­mark this one. jan

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