William H. Johnson’s Stylized Landscapes

1st grade learned about African-American artist William H. Johnson, and examples of his work, paying close attention to the use of foreground, middle ground and background. They noticed that his work wasn’t photographically realistic, thus introducing the word “stylized”.

Their assignment was to draw a picture of how they got to school, making it inclusive of the elements of composition; foreground, middle ground, and background.  Something I also stress to my students is when adding color, to color completely and “opaque”. They are starting to do just that! We even have a song, “Noooooo white spacesssssssss!”

William H. Johnson School Commute Project


William H. Johnson School Commute Project

1st grade Stylized drawings
Ms. Luna's signature


About Ms. Luna

Here we go! Year number four! Teaching artist at Mark Twain Elementary! I started my career in 2002, in the New York City Schools as a Special Education Middle School teacher. Moving back to my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, I continued teaching Special Education and also began teaching after school and summer art programs. Moving again to Houston, Texas. I have taught all levels and abilities from kindergarten to college and am very excited to be teaching here at Mark Twain! I am also a professional artist and designer that shows work worldwide. I have been featured in the Houston Chronicle, Austin Fashion Week, Houston Press, and at the Grassi Museum of the Applied Arts in Germany. I hold a Masters of Science in Special Education from Manhattan College and a Masters of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University. I currently am teaching grades kindergarten through fifth and am an adjuct art professor at Alvin Community College.

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