Scratch-Off Zentangle Landscapes featured image

Grade Level

7-8, 9-10

Duration

5-10 class periods, periods are 1.5 hours in length


Materials

Black Tempera Paint, Crayons, 9×12” Drawing Paper, Toothpick/Thumbtack/Something pointy,
Zentangle reference sheets


Media

Mixed media


Lesson Objectives

The student will…
• explore mark-making and pattern
• understand foreground, middle ground, and background and be able to display the concepts in their landscapes


Introductory Activity

Students learn about Zentangles, the word “Zen” and its origin, and practice drawing zentangles on a worksheet.
Students learn about landscapes and the spatial concepts of foreground/middle ground/background.
Students look at examples of landscapes for inspiration


Lesson Process

Students sketch out a simplified landscape on drawing paper. The lines must be “doubled” so that a space between them will remain paper white. View photos at the end for reference.

Students will color in the leftover shapes with crayons.

Students only layer black tempera paint on top of the crayon areas, leaving the white line areas
clean. The students will need to do multiple layers to make the paint thick and solid when dry.

The students will etch in zentangle patterns using a pointy tool in each area, using a different pattern every time.


Vocabulary

pattern, foreground, middle ground, background, sgraffito

Resources

Resources for zentangle patterns:
https://tanglepatterns.com/
Pinterest board of patterns, https://www.pinterest.com/myartlesson/zentangle-pattern-resources
Zentangle Basics, Expanded Workbook Edition: A Creative Art Form Where All You Need is Paper, Pencil & Pen
Zentangle Practice Worksheet


Author & Website/Blog

Molly Leighann


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