Anyway! This project I actually thought up all by my little self (instead of shamelessly pilfering it from someone else's blog like I usually do). Another class was working on a drawing project, and I used the internet to find a picture of a skyline for a student to use as an example. I came across this how-to for drawing a city skyline and though, "hmm, I wonder if kinders could do this?" It turns out they CAN! And enjoyed it so much, I did it with another class as well, with a twist.
This Cityscape lesson requires ruler-practice, teaches students how to plan for a landscape drawing, and how to draw three-dimensional structures, as well as to use the space on the page to demonstrate the nearness or distance of objects (overlapping and sizing).
Using rulers, I walked the students through the steps of the how-to, drawing my example on the white board, and then set them loose to add their own details. I wondered how the little ones would do because it was fairly intense, using a ruler and having to focus so closely for a rather long time, but they really enjoyed the project and worked hard.
Here are a few K/1 Cityscapes on blue construction paper (looking at them again, I think I might have taken the pictures before they were completely finished.
I repeated the project with my 2nd/3rd class, this time using black construction paper and yellow pencils to simulate a city at night.