Aerial Perspective and the Science of Light- Lesson Plan


Learn about the science of light while creating a mountain landscape using color to show depth

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This lesson plan gives students the opportunity to learn about the science of light while practicing using color to give a work of art depth. Many artists call this use of color “aerial perspective.”  In this lesson, students will draw mountain landscapes and use aerial perspective to make the farther mountains look farther away. This art project works great with almost any colored medium like paint, colored pencil, pastels, markers or even crayons.

This project works great for the Classical Conversations week 5, 30-minute art project.

This 11-page lesson plan includes the following:

  • A condensed explanation of the science of light and how distance affects the color of far away objects.
  • An overview of aerial perspective as one of the methods of perspective
  • “The 7 Elements of Art” poster
  • The Methods of Perspective poster
  • 2 example photographs that show aerial perspective
  • 2 famous paintings that show aerial perspective
  • Samples of art created with this lesson plan
  • Vocabulary words and definitions
  • References to additional resources
  • Simple art project instructions
  • Materials list
  • Options for scaling the art project up or down depending on the experience level of your art students
  • Encore suggestions- These are ideas tutors and teachers can offer students for how they can repeat the lesson at home with a fun twist. If you have several hours to complete this art project, you may want to try one of these suggestions in class.

This item is also available, at a discount, within the Science Meets Art Drawing Package which includes 6 lesson plans and is ideal for weeks 1-6 of Fine Arts in a cycle 2 Classical Conversations Foundations community.

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Single User (and up to 10 students), 2-4 Users (and up to 40 students), 5-10 Users (and up to 100 students)


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