Teachers Lesson Plans

My Scene: Grade K-3

Look and Discuss

Present and discuss a selection of the 9-featured artworks in the Artwork & Artists slideshow with your class.

(Tabs will provide you with information on the theme, composition, interpretation and the artist.)

A downloadable Presentation that you can add to or manipulate will also help share these images in your classroom.

Define and describe the following elements of design:

is a mark on a surface that describes a shape or outline. It can create texture and can be thick and thin. Types of line can include actual, implied, vertical, horizontal, diagonal and contour lines.
refers to specific hues and has three properties: chroma, intensity and value. The colour wheel is a way of showing the chromatic scale in a circle using all the colours made with the primary triad. Complimentary pairs can produce dull and neutral colours. Black and white can be added to produce tints (add white), shades (add black) and tones (add grey).
is about surface quality, either tactile or visual. Texture can be real or implied by different uses of media. It is the degree of roughness or smoothness in objects.
is a two-dimensional line with no form or thickness. Shapes are flat and can be grouped into two categories: geometric and organic.

The following are some elements of design that you can emphasize in the painting Northern River:

  • The bluish trees on the far shore are reflected in the water. (Cool and warm colours)
  • A graphic linear design to create an image in which the overlapping trunks and branches form a delicate tracery of flowing lines that contrast with the touches of bright warm colour. (Line, shape, colour and texture).
  • The diagonal line formed by the fallen tree with a curved top links these two parts of the composition. (Line and composition).

The following are some descriptions you can use with your students in describing the emotions and feelings the painting exudes:

  • This remote spot, revealed through a delicate screen of dark trees, expresses a mysterious, almost gloomy, tranquility.
  • In Northern River, Tom Thomson created a powerful, troubling image of the Canadian wilderness.
  • The work undoubtedly reflects his attachment to the wild spaces of northern Ontario that he knew so well.