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TOM From Home: Shadows (Grades 7-8)

Updated: Jan 20, 2021


Image Credit: Franz Johnston, Spring Snow, around 1944, oil on panel. Gallery purchase with funds from Dr. EK Dawson and a matching Wintario Grant from the Ministry of Culture and Recreation, 1982. Collection of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery.

An activity for participants to go outdoors on a sunny day and observe vegetation. This activity emphasizes inspiration from shadows created by nature to further inspire imagination.


This activity has been designed and created by Muriel Farmer, MA Candidate Nova Scotia College of Art.


Curriculum Notes: Activity participants will explore the elements line, texture, shape, and form. Line is emphasized by tracing shadows created by plants and trees. Texture is explored by observing the various textures created from plants and the type of lines and shapes. Designed for Grades 7-8 (Age 12-14 years).

 

Materials

  • sketchbook or paper

  • something to draw with (pen, marker, pencil)

  • pencil crayons

Description:

This activity is inspired by two portraits by Franz Johnston's Spring Snow painting. Participants will trace shadows created by nature. They will be able to investigate and look closely at the intricate shadows. They will then use their shadow drawings and look for familiar figures or shapes with their imagination.


Explore Franz Johnston's Spring Snow

  • What type of colours are there? Are they warm or cool?

  • What type of trees are in the painting? Can you describe what this type of forest would smell like?

  • What trees are in this painting? Are the trees lighter or darker when they are closer to you?

Image Credit: Franz Johnston, Spring Snow, around 1944, oil on panel. Gallery purchase with funds from Dr. EK Dawson and a matching Wintario Grant from the Ministry of Culture and Recreation, 1982. Collection of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery.

Activity


Step 1

Go outside and explore! Look in your garden, local park, or field for different varieties of plants and trees.

Step 2

Look for shapes and textures that make interesting shadows.


Step 3

This step can be tricky! Position yourself and paper so that the shadow is on your page.

Step 4

Trace the shadow onto your paper. Try and follow the lines and don't forget to include the different textures. What does the shadow of a fuzzy flower look like?

Step 5

Spend some time with your shadow tracing. Can you see any familiar shapes such as faces or outlines of animals? Can you add more lines and shapes to complete what you see? Use your imagination!

Share your creations with us @TomThomsonArtGallery

For more information on Franz Johnston visit this link

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