To Be, Rather Than to Seem

The Purr-fect Art Assignment

Teaching the concept of creating space in artwork through the use of foreground, middle ground, and background while working on a flat piece of paper can be tricky to say the least! Our new Elementary Art Teacher, Galina Abele, found a fun way to showcase the idea to her 3rd graders!

The background of a scene is the furthest away. It gives some context to the scene, where it might be taking place. Ms. Abele started by having each student choose a background scene that they wanted for their artwork.

She then had them work on the foreground, layering pictures of cats on top of the backgrounds to create a full scene, but while still emphasizing the cats as the main subject.

By dividing the process up into different layers, she was able to physically show how having different focuses in a picture can create the illusion of more depth. 

What purr-fect works of art! 

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