5th graders just finished up learning about Iowa native Grant Wood famous for his iconic American style, capturing and expressing Iowa Americana Heritage, textured, lush, farmland landscapes, and of course, his prize winning "American Gothic"
|Grant Wood's "Young Corn" painting|
Students focused on a very famous Grant Wood landscape painting called "Young Corn". We learned about his famous sphere-like textured trees and landscape and tried our hand at making a young corn of our own and focusing on these famous traits!
First we drew wavy lines for the rolling farmland hills, talked about perspective, how trees were very large up close and smaller far away, and learned how to make a basic large circle and fill it with tiny spheres for texture the trees and bushes.
Then comes the best part, coloring in with TEXTURE PLATES! We put the texture plates underneath the paper of the outlined area you want to color in, and rub/color lightly in the area! It picks up the raised texture from the plate and adds beautiful contrast variety over the composition. Students loved the texture plates and really emphasized the concept of texture in Grant Wood's paintings.
I MADE our texture plates by recycling thick pieces of cardboard someone donated and simply drew patterns with Elmer's GLUE and let it DRY! The glue dries raised so when a rubbing is done it picks up the 'texture'.