I wanted to teach my students about foreground, middle ground, and background. I also wanted to show students how to overlap in order to make one object appear closer than another. However, it needed to be simple in order not to frustrate them. When I found this project on the Art Lessons blog, I thought it was perfect.
Basically, we started by drawings rocks, which is great because it is hard to draw a rock wrong. Everyone had to have rocks in the foreground, middle ground, and background. We then used watercolors to color our rocks. The rocks could be as colorful as they wanted. It did not have to be realistic.