Biome Illustrations

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This interdisciplinary lesson linked art with a unit the students were also studying in science class: biomes and ecosystems. In art, each student was assigned a specific biome to research. Biomes are globally similar areas that may be found on different parts of the planet, such as desert, tundra, coral reef, temperate deciduous forest, etc. Each student was responsible for illustrating their biome and had to include appropriate flora, (plant life,) and fauna, (animal life.) Students had to consider the biotic, (living,) and abiotic, (non-living,) factors when planning their landscape. Students were taught simple techniques to help show the illusion of depth within a two-dimensional plane. For example, things appear closer if they are larger and lower on the page, and farther if they are higher and smaller on the page. Multiple horizon lines were encouraged to help show levels of space and distance. The color effects were created with watercolor pencils and students were taught five different blending and layering techniques.

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