Dutch canal houses are famous for their facades: stepped gable, neckgable, bell gable, clockgevel or spoutgable. Draw those five gables on the blackboard and discuss them. earch the internet for photographs from canal houses or let the students search them (search canal house or grachtenhuis). Discuss the other features of canal houses: the stairs, the year, symmetry, windows, ornaments, shutters.
Tell children to draw a line on their sheet about 5 cm from below. This is the canal. At the end you can glue all drawings together to get a long street full of canal houses.
Sketch the houses lightly with a grey pencil. Indicate the places of windows, stairs, doors and shutters. Draw the houses with indian ink.