Monday, September 30, 2013

Bird's Eye View Landscape Paintings With Images From Google Earth

I came across this fantastic art lesson at my daughter's school and I had to share it with you.
It is a fun and modern twist on the tradition "bird's eye view" painting lesson.
They combined technology (by using computers and Google Earth) 
with a traditional painting lesson in the art classroom.  

The students started their lesson by learning how to "fly over" locations
 that had special meaning to them using Google Earth in the computer lab. 

Then, they focused on finding interesting compositions in those areas.
They looked for ways to incorporate a variety of textures and interesting shapes. 
Then, they printed the Google Earth Images out in black and white and
 used those as the basis for their bird's eye view landscape paintings. 

They were encouraged to use bright colors and to add interesting textures and patterns 
to "abstract" the landscapes. 

The results were stunning and made a beautiful and colorful hallway display.
I can't wait to paint some colorful, abstract landscapes with my own favorite students!
Want more art lesson ideas? 

Happy Painting (and Flying!)
Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea
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