Ted Harrison Landscapes
I did this lesson with 4th grade in the fall. We studied about Canadian artist, Ted Harrison and learned about how he simplified landscapes and used bright colors in his paintings. We noticed his use of bold black or white lines to contrast the brilliant colors. We examined the foreground where he would place houses, people, or objects and the background that captured the Canadian North wilderness. We discussed what a rock formation, inukshuk, was and its purpose that it serves in the wilderness. These sculptures were not made to be decorative, but to serve a purpose to communicate messages to the Inuit people that inhabit the Arctic Circle. They were traffic signs to direct people to safe passages.
Students created their own version of a simplistic landscape and used black oil pastels to create the bold lines that divided the landscape into colors. The colors were added with chalk pastels. Students could choose to add an inukshuk or other small details to the foreground of their artwork.