Grant Wood & David Hockney Inspired Landscapes

Products Used

Spectra® Deluxe Bleeding Art Tissue, 10 Color Warm Assortment
Spectra® Deluxe Bleeding Art Tissue, 10 Color Cool Assortment
UCreate® Watercolor Paper, White, Package, 90 lb.

Additional Products

  • Pencil
  • Black Permanent Marker
  • Spray Bottles with Water

Project Details

Developed by: Julie Fritz, Art Teacher, Hermitage Elementary School, Hermitage, Tennessee

Lesson Plan Ideas

Learning Objectives for Grades: 2nd-3rd

  • Introduce/expand the students’ concept of landscapes.
  • Learn about abstract interpretations of landscapes.
  • Review warm and cool colors and different types of patterns.
  • Demonstrate and explore a variety of techniques and processes.
  • Identify, understand and apply the elements of art.
  • Identify, understand and apply the principles of design.


  1. I began by showing a PowerPoint which compared and contrasted the work of Grant Wood and David Hockney, specifically their landscapes. We looked at hills, overlapping, and how size effects the appearance of distance.

    Step 1



  2. I had each student draw a horizon line on 9″ x 12″ Watercolor Paper with a pencil that was wavy, reminiscent of hills. Then in the lower portion, fill up the ground with hills. They then used a different pattern or line design in every space of every hill, adding in trees, houses, etc. as they deemed fit. The introduction and the drawing took one entire class period or 1 hour.

    Step 2



  3. The next session, students finished with any part that was not yet finished. They then traced every pencil line with a Black Fine Point Sharpie. This took the better portion of another class period.

    Step 3



  4. I then demonstrated how to use water bottles and Pacon’s Deluxe Bleeding Art Tissue™ to add color to their drawings (See Tip #1). I also asked that one half of the picture be warm, and the other cool. After they were done we set them aside to dry, and cleaned up.

    Step 4



  5. At the very end, I had them hold their damp (mostly dry) papers over the trash can, and peel. Students were fascinated by the results as the tissue began to peel off, leaving the beautiful watercolor behind. Note: If you have the room put the papers aside on drying racks until completely dry as peeling the wet tissue paper will leave some (non-toxic) residue on fingers.

    Step 5


    • I found that spraying the entire Art1st® Watercolor Paper first, and then laying the Spectra® Deluxe Bleeding Art Tissue™ down was faster, less messy, and students did not over spray as much.
    • Pre-cut the Tissue into manageable squares, with one “warm” and one “cool” box.



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