What does the fox say?


5th grade students learn about the concept of perspective by looking at art from the renaissance period and learning about foreground, middleground, and background. They create their own winter scene using their knowledge.


  • White paper – 1 fill size and one half size for fox (or grey paper painted white with texture)
  • Black Paint
  • pencils
  • rulers
  • orange paint


  • positive and negative space
  • value
  • perspective (bigger trees in front, smaller in back)
  • foreground/middleground/background – closer trees are lower on the page, farther trees are higher on page)


  1. Before telling the students what their new project would be I played “What does the fox say” while passing out supplies. Then I had them guess what the subject of their new painting would be. Foxes of course!
    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofNR_WkoCE]
  2. First the students paint half paper orange and set aside to dry.
  3. Next I spent a lot of time talking about PERSPECTIVE with the students. I showed them a slideshow I made. Since this was for 5th graders I went a little deaper into the origin of perspective in the renaissance. Here is a link to my google slideshow ‘What does the Fox Say’ slideshow
  4. Draw and paint trees using perspective. Remind them that trees are cylendars and are curved on the bottom not strait. 
  5. I spent a lot of time showing them how to draw shadows all in the same direction. We used rulers to help get the angles right. Then I showed them how to use pencils to shade in shadows.
  6. Draw fox on back of painted paper. I used this awesome drawing tutorial to help them out with their drawing skills.  
  7. Cut out and paint on white details & glue down.
  8. Draw fox footprints in snow to show where your fox has been exploring in the forest. Bonus points if you can make your foot prints smaller as they go farther away in the painting!



Understand the global, historical, societal, and cultural contexts of the visual arts.


Use ideas and imagery from the global environment as sources for creating art.


Apply the Principles of Design in creating compositions.

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