Painting "Your" Town
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Grade: 10th - 12th grades
Class: Art
Author: Sue Freese
Retired - Town of Webb School
NYS Content Area Standard:
The Arts:
Standard 1: Creating, Performing, and Participating in the Arts
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Culture & The Arts
Keywords: architecture, painting
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: Revisit main street, (your community), NY, by stepping back in time and taking a second look at the buildings we see - and don't see - everyday.

Customize challenge for your community. It would be helpful to involve a town historian or historical organization. This challenge was originally designed for students in the village of Old Forge, NY.

The Challenge:

1.  Participate in a walking tour of (your community) with a town historian. During the tour you'll be multitasking, listening, taking photos for future reference with disposable cameras and taking some quick notes. Ultimately, you'll choose an interesting building and recreate it as an acrylic painting.  You'll need a practice sketch using your photo research.  

2.  Also required - you will become an expert concerning your chosen building and prove this in a written research paper.  

3.  Many of us leave our hometown vowing "never to return".  We will be spending a month looking at main street with the hope that the things we have learned will encourage us to learn more.

Examples of Student Work

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Quality Standards:

Organize your photos and notes - chose a building that you will research and use as the subject for your acrylic painting.  Work with other students, exchange photos and notes.

Do a sketch from the photo of your building - keep in mind interesting viewpoints, composition, unusual lighting - use color to enhance your sketch.

Prepare a 16"x20" masonite board using gesso.

Create painting, incorporate own style, techniques, and past painting knowledge.

Remember to do ongoing research - books, websites, student notes, interviews - all will enhance your required paper.

"In your own words" include a positive critique of your work.

If possible, participate in a group display that is open to the public.

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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Student has worked on project independently, using time wisely


Walking tour notes - including photo  identification list


Practice sketch in color


Complete 16"x20" acrylic painting of an historic building


Research paper - information about your building - 2 or 3 paragraphs


Positive critique of your work - 2 paragraph minimum


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