Lauren Hodson | November 2017

Art Technique: Chalk Landforms

Are you looking for a way to freshen up your landform lessons? Maybe you want to dip your toe into the Arts Integration pond, but are looking for something simple to enhance your lesson.

Chalk Landforms offer artistic flexibility while addressing both science and visual arts standards.

Art Concepts:

  • Space and Overlapping Objects
  • Process of Using Chalk
  • Foreground, Middleground, and Background
  • Landscapes


  • Large Paper for Placemat
  • Scrap Paper for Tearing Landforms
  • Final Work Paper
  • Chalk
  • Paper Towels or Tissues


  • Tear your landforms using the scrap paper
  • Add chalk along the edge of the torn landscape paper. Leave all extra chalk sprinkles. You want extra chalk bits.
  • Place the landform on your final work paper
  • Hold in place with one hand and use your other hand to hold a paper towel or tissue. Pull the chalk, in a downward motion to the final work paper.
  • Lift the landform away from the paper to see your work!
  • Repeat the process as needed with more scrap paper and more landforms.

Possible Other Themes:

  • Northern Lights
  • Ancient Chinese Landscape Scrolls
  • Oceans
  • Energy and Force


  • Add more refined drawings to the landscapes or leave them as they are
  • Make many different types of Landforms on one page

This chalk technique is flexible and can be used for many topics in your classroom. Try it today!

About the Author

Lauren Hodson is a middle school visual and computer art educator in Plymouth, Massachusetts. As a mentor teacher and professional development presenter, Lauren is passionate about creativity and making art accessible for everyone. Her passions in STEAM and Arts Integration are at the root of her goal to collaborate with classroom teachers everywhere.