Day 1

Art Blizzard Bag Assignment Day 1:  Winter Landscapes
Thank you for taking time to read and/or review this assignment with your child.

All:  Looking out the window from your house, choose a winter “landscape” to draw.  Draw with pencil on white unlined paper. Computer printing paper will work and should be included in your folder. If you do not have a clean sheet of paper, use the back of the direction page in your Day one folder!

Draw a picture of what it looks like outside today. Go to a window and really spend some time looking. Draw what you see using a pencil. Add color if you have markers or crayons available. Make sure you put your name on your paper.
Grades 1-6- Use the images below for your assignments
Andrew Weyth
Maxfield Parrish
Currier and Ives
Casper David Friedrich
Casper David Friedrich

GRADES 1 AND 2: Look at the winter landscapes provided on the web page. These were painted by famous artists. Pick one that you like and compare it to what you see out your window. Draw what you see out your window with as much detail as you can. Use pencil and add color if you have colored pencils or crayon (if you don’t have access to the internet  use your power of observation and add things from your imagination if you like.)

If you have the internet, do the following: Choose one of the images on the internet from the art page. (make sure you tell me which of artist)....what color/ colors do you see the most in this winter landscape image?
Are most of the background colors hot or cold?  Why might the artist use colors instead of a pure white snowy background?
Look at the white in one of the it really 100% pure white?  What other colors do you see in the “white snow”....why might the artist add these colors?
What things “pop out” at you in the image you've chosen?  How did the artist achieve this emphasis?
Now that you have looked at some master artist’s work your job is to look out a window and use the following to help you create a winter landscape picture.

(if you don’t have access to the internet  use your power of observation to complete the following directions and add things from your imagination if you like.)
1) An outline that separates land from sky.
2) ”Overlapping” of trees, hills, fences or whatever you see.
3) Add things from your imagination.
4) Pay attention to sizes of the things you see. Branches get smaller as you look higher up  
   into trees. Far away things look smaller and usually higher on the page.
5) Make far away things feel softer by pressing lightly with your pencil. Pressing harder will
   make close up things appear bolder.
6) Use “perspective” if you can, showing more than one side of a building or a road, for example, getting smaller as it disappears into the distance.
7) Add color if you have it: watercolor, crayons, colored pencil or just keep your drawing pencil on white.
8) Use the provided images of master paintings as inspiration. Borrow something from on of these works and include it in you artwork. Write a short statement naming the artist that you looked at and what you borrowed near your name on the back of your paper. I