Teachers Lesson Plans

The Changing Composition: Grade K-3


This lesson introduces students to the study of pictorial space by considering some European paintings in the National Gallery of Canada?s collection..


Students will understand how the elements of design (line, shape, colour, and value) are used to create the illusion of a three-dimensional (pictorial) space.


Students will produce a two-dimensional image that depicts three-dimensional space using overlapping and the placement of elements within the picture plane.


Students will explain how different design strategies can be incorporated using the elements of design to create a wide range of compositions.

Cross Curriculum Links:

This lesson plan also explores the subject areas of mathematics, language arts, science and technology


3- 20 minute periods