A walk in Nature

1st Grade Fine arts : Chapter:  A small walk in nature
With the brushes and colors of Nature (Greek Educational System)

Themes for the Teacher to explore via paintings :

è Seasons of the year
è Flowers and Fruit
è The Elements of water, ships, boats, sailing ships.


Materials for the lesson

Papers and colors for the children to draw. The best themes according to what the teacher thinks best. Nature is the main theme but there can be various sub-themes such as flowers, fruit, trees e.t.c.
Paintings of Famous painters that have Nature as their basic theme.
Printed on large cardboard papers so they can stay and decorate the classroom after.
It would be ideal if the lesson can be done with a slide projector or a video projector if they are available at school.
In this case youyube is an excellent source for young children.

We present some here but there are many Thematics in Autobiographies of the Great Masters.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-O5viFjyDQ      E. Degas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hF_nArPfEgs        P. Renoir
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah5g2M14oUM       C. Monet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv8TANh8djI       Van Gogh
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HtNQY1lYe8  Γ. Ιακωβίδης
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewZDXMMszM0  Ν. Γύζης
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1-bnxfKsEI       Ν. Λύτρας
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3I1dW2DIj4  Κ. Βολανάκης
Layout of the classroom

The classroom is laid out according the activity.

Phase 1

Presentation of Images or projections by a video projector.

The children are encouraged to describe what they see. First plane, background and details of the paintings.

Activities in the painting. Natural Landscapes (parks etc) that we go on walks etc.

Flowers create fruit that we taste.

 Anaconda (all the children create the shape of a  big serpent)
Then one can find a behavior or a well known shape starting with letter A. According to different languages.

Phase 2

Feelings evoked by Nature and how they are revealed through the paintings and the Great Masters.

Playing and spending Leisure time in nature. Nature evokes the will to Live and love Life.

Activities in the Natural environment. Sailing, boating, playing in the sea.

Phase 3

Recreating themes from the paintings. Giving Life and movement to the paintings.

Flowers that make our life beautiful when we see them, smell them (not all have the same aroma etc)

Seeing a flower, the children approach the painting, to express their feelings about it (if it smells good, or nothing, or it tickles their nose and makes them laugh!)

I place it in a vase.

I give it water to eat and live.



Phase 4

Peinting: we are inspired from the paintings we have seen.

Creative Dialogues- Example

(On a desk there is a flower. A child approaches)

-how do we hold the flower?
-by its stem.
-what do we do with it?
-We smell it.
-What does the flower need to grow.
-it drinks water and is nourished from the substances of the water and the earth.
-Where do we put it, so it can live longer?
-In a vase with water. etc