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Program Description
In this interdisciplinary art program students will be introduced to both Oregon’s unique geologic history as well as simple color theory. Each student artist will paint a color wheel and then learn about common and important color schemes used in fine art. Then through story telling and imagery students will learn and discuss some of Oregon’s geologic gems including the formation of the Willamette Valley, Crater Lake and our beautiful Cascade Volcanoes. At the end of this residency, students will be able to draw and design a scientifically informed, cross-sectional diagram of a volcano using color theory as a guide.

Final Product
Students artists will use both tempera paint on paper and oil pastels on clear transparencies to paint their very own mountain landscape masterpiece with the extra layer of a scientific diagram looking which illustrates the inside of a volcano.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify and name, primary colors, secondary colors and tertiary colors.
  • Students will be able to identify and use color schemes such as warm and cool color schemes, complementary, and analogous.
  • Students learn specific geologic language, such as stratovolcano, caldera, cinder cone.
  • Students will hear and learn a brief story of the Missoula floods then name and identify the Willamette Valley and Willamette River on a map.
  • Students will be able to paint a mountain landscape of their own design then create an scientific illustration of the mountain volcano using a specific and learned color scheme.

Suggested Grades

  • Best suited for 3rd-8th grades.
  • Can be modified for other grade levels.

Pricing Breakdown

  • 4 visits at 45 minutes each
  • Prep hours:
  • Materials: $1.75 per student
  • Travel from Eugene