Street in the Suburbs:
early 1900s, oil pastels, 29 in. x 23 in. National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic Photo Credit: Bridgeman-Giraudon/Art Resource, New York, NY, USA
In this lesson, students will:
- Analyze Utrillo’s Street in the Suburbs and how he used the principles of linear perspective
- Describe how he used color to create mood
- Identify the elements of line, color, and space in this realistic landscape
- Discover the way converging lines connect the foreground, middle ground, and background at the vanishing point
- Sketch landscapes with vanishing points
- Draw landscapes, using oil pastels, showing linear perspective
Lesson Teaching Notes
A document of summary pages on the lesson’s Key Concepts, Vocabulary, Discussion Questions, Artist Points, and Project Directions.
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Common Core Standards
Speaking & Listening
Comprehension and Collaboration:
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
Ask questions to check understanding of information presented, stay on topic, and link their comments to the remarks of others.
Explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.
Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.
Represent and interpret data.
Generate measurement data by measuring lengths using rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch. Show the data by making a line plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in appropriate units— whole numbers, halves, or quarters.
Reason with shapes and their attributes.
Understand that shapes in different categories (e.g., rhombuses, rectangles, and others) may share attributes (e.g., having four sides), and that the shared attributes can define a larger category (e.g., quadrilaterals). Recognize rhombuses, rectangles, and squares as examples of quadrilaterals, and draw examples of quadrilaterals that do not belong to any of these subcategories.
- Identify the horizon line and vanishing point in each landscape. Find landscapes that show vanishing-point perspective successfully. What helps make them good compositions?
- Look for converging lines that create linear perspective.
- Look for objects that overlap to create the illusion of distance.
- Look for mood created by color.
- Identify and describe how the foreground, middle ground, and background are used to create the illusion of space.
- Evaluate and compare compositional and expressive qualities of your own and other’s artwork, finding successful compositions and suggesting ways to improve less successful ones.
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