Grand Canyon Paintings

The 3rd and 4th grade started the New Year working on a picture of the Grand Canyon. (Lesson plan courtesy of Deep Space Sparkle, my favorite Art blog.) This has so far been one of the most challenging projects they have tackled. Working in steps, they created a foreground (the canyon cliff), a mid ground (the canyon plateaus) and a background (the far side of the canyon, mountains and sky.) Depth and a 3 dimensional effect was created by drawing vertical lines from each plateau and the back of the canyon wall. Students chose 4-5 colors to paint the plateau and canyon walls. The final touch was to highlight the vertical lines with a black sharpie. This is when the students saw their compositions come to life. A great project to begin the New Year. Well done, 3rd and 4th grade. (I will post the rest of the pictures next week as some of the students still have to add their highlighted lines.)

Sophie S.

Cameron W.

Edie P.

Jasmine S.

Terrie B.

Ryan T.

Hannah C.

Parker A.

Hannah T.

Nicolette M.

Skye P.

Lauren E.

Isabella O.

About stephwheatley

Formerly from Britain, I have lived in the USA since 1989. My qualifications are in library science, but I've had a passion for all things artsy and crafty for as long as I can remember! I became the Primary Art Teacher at Shady Oak Christian School in 2009 and am thoroughly enjoying myself. I teach students at both Shady Oak Christian School and Shady Oak Primary School. It's wonderful to be able to share my passion at a place that believes in the importance of learning through creativity. Please check out the Shady Oak websites at and to learn more about these unique schools located in Richmond, TX.
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2 Responses to Grand Canyon Paintings

  1. Ingrid says:

    I love the three dimensional effect! It is really wonderful that we are able to show Sophie’s art to our family overseas. Thank you, Mrs. Wheatley.


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