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3rd Grade – Ton Schulten Cityscapes

3rd Grade – Ton Schulten Cityscapes

Ton Schulten is one of my all time favorite artists! I discovered him years ago when I found a calendar full of his paintings when visiting the Toledo Museum of Art.  I was hooked!  I love his amazing colors and abstract style.  I created a Prezi of his landscape and cityscapes to share with my classes, Ton Schulten Prezi .  I find it very interesting how he adds lots of vertical lines to his landscapes, a composition usually created with more horizontal lines.

Here are some of my favorites of his…




This lesson was a COLOR VALUE lesson.  Students used pre-mixed colors and various TINTS to paint in city buildings.  The students mixed their own tints of blue for the sky portion.

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The last step, we used India Ink to outline and decorate our city buildings. This was a great lesson for every student.  It was hard to chose which ones to photography!  They will look great later in a group hanging in our hallways!

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  • Mary Blanco
    Posted at 10:41h, 02 October Reply

    Beautiful! I can't wait to try it… How did they get their pencil lines so straight and organized? A grid? Rulers? Folding paper? Trace shapes?

  • Paintbrush Rocket
    Posted at 11:31h, 02 October Reply

    We gridded the paper with 3″ strips of poster board. No worries if they are not perfectly straight or spaced. Then, by hand we added the triangle tops in the second and third rows, and a few vertical/horizontal lines to create more shapes to paint in. Kids rotated to paint in each building, then we mixed blues together for the sky!

  • Laura Biggs
    Posted at 15:03h, 27 January Reply

    Looks amazing! I was trying to figure out what size paper you used. Counted five 3″ boxes on both sides… 15×15 paper?

  • Paintbrush Rocket
    Posted at 10:44h, 28 January Reply

    Thank you and YES! 15×15 paper. 🙂

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 11:57h, 07 February Reply

    I love the paintings. What type of paint did you use?

  • Paintbrush Rocket
    Posted at 15:16h, 07 February Reply

    Dick Blick Premium Tempera is my favorite. It paints and mixes beautifully!

  • Denise Jackson
    Posted at 13:18h, 26 February Reply

    Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to try this out in my classroom!

  • Janis
    Posted at 17:03h, 26 February Reply

    What a great lesson. Thanks for sharing.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 21:56h, 14 March Reply

    Beautiful, and I love the inclusion of the tints and shades into the lesson- just the ticket for my next 3rd grade project! thanks so much for sharing!
    Jodi March 14, 2016

  • Otilia
    Posted at 10:17h, 19 March Reply

    Chulísima idea

  • Otilia
    Posted at 10:23h, 19 March Reply

    Chulísima idea

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