Earth Sequences & Cycles: Relief Triptyc


Students will observe landscapes by various artists to identify the landforms and the natural resources they recognize. Students will discuss whether they think the land always looks as it is portrayed in the artwork and then imagine that the landscape is the beginning, middle, or end of a story about the land that they see. They will use the artwork for inspiration about a clay triptych showing how the earth changes over time either naturally, or due to human interaction.


This project will teach the following art standards; students analyze ways that the elements of art are used to represent visual and tactile texture; students communicate a point of view; students represent relationships among people, animals and objects in a composition by selecting and using the elements of design to achieve specific effects. This lesson also allows for practice in sequencing and study of how the earth changes over time in science and natural resources in social studies.


I will use reproductions of landscape works of art from different time periods, places, and cultures for the students to examine. We will need air drying clay or modeling compound, or paperclay to build the relief sculptures. We will need clay tools to inscribe some textures in our relief panels and paints (watercolor or tempera) in order to color them.

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Our school has many English language learners which benefit from lessons that are visual and hands-on. This projects would help them with language acquisition and vocabulary development. I would also like to use the triptychs in mini PowerPoint presentations that the students create to discuss concerns and ideas about the earth.

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