Welcome to Lines, Dots, and Doodles. This is the place for students, parents, and teachers to find out what has been going on in my art class. I have included pictures of my student's artwork and basic explanations of the projects. I hope when you leave this blog, you feel inspired to create. Feel free to browse this blog and borrow any of my art lessons.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Grand Canyon, 5th Grade

Fifth graders have been recently studying the layers of the earth. When I was asked to come up with an art lesson with this topic, I was at a loss of what to do. After much consideration, I came up with this lesson. I began this lesson by showing students photos from the Grand Canyon. We noticed how sedimentary layers can be seen in the canyon.

To create these, I had the students draw a horizon near the top of the page. Mountains or plateaus were added on top of the horizon. Then, I had my students draw the rest of the canyon. The sedimentary layers were then added. Everything was colored in oil pastels. This was the fun part. I allowed the students to experiment with blending different colors together. Also, students used tooth picks to scratch into the oil pastels to add more details to the sedimentary rock.


  1. What a delightful idea! Your students are very talented. Thank you for sharing their work.

  2. Toothpicks??? What a great idea! I'm going to try that. Thanks!!