Emily Carr is considered one of Canada's most famous artists. Born and raised on Canada's west coast, in Victoria, BC, she was inspired by the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. One of the first painters in Canada to adopt a Modernist and Post-Impressionist painting style, Carr did not receive widespread recognition for her work until the subject matter of her painting shifted from Aboriginal themes to landscapes—forest scenes in particular. Today she is best known for her stylized paintings of forests. Fiercely independent and complex, Emily Carr was a rebel, a recluse and a feminist before her time.
I taught this lesson to a Grade 4 - 6 class. We started off by looking at a slideshow of her artwork and I showed them this video below:
We discussed the style of her paintings and then watched the following YouTube tutorial by an elementary art teacher named Lorri HERE. It was super helpful and we pretty much followed the steps except for the chosen colours.
We discussed background, middle and foreground. Students sketched all this in using pencil.
Then they outlined everything in black wax crayon.
Then, using tempera, students painted the sky, then the tree trunk and finally the green parts.
Let everything dry. Then they used watered down black tempera
and a thin brush to outline everything again.
Some of the finished artworks:
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