Mt. McKinley: Sydney Laurence

Grade 6

Linda Pfisterer,

Students look at them many paintings of Sydney Laurence, a renowned painter of Mt. McKinley. Watercolor pencil painting techniques are used as students learn about contour lines, value, shading and the importance of contrast to create their versions of the mountain.

Objectives and assessment criteria

Students will:

  1. look at the Mt. McKinley paintings by Sydney Laurence and find the foreground, middle ground and background.
  2. use a contour line to draw McKinley and other parts of the landscape.
  3. shade their drawings with watercolor pencils using more than one color to create contrast.
  4. paint one section at a time using careful brush strokes to turn the watercolor pencil lines into paint.