Category Archives: 4th Grade Lessons

Pop Art -Andy Warhol Prints

My Grade 4’s created Andy Warhol inspired prints of themselves using transparency paper and neon acrylic paints. I took their selfies and printed them out. They then made a stencil of their portraits and used contrasting colors to paint the positive and negative space of their images. My Grade 3’s helped by painting the Jackson Pollock inspired background. We then incorporated the PYP Learner profile for our lobby display. ❤️🎨

Astronauts in Space

Grade 4 learned how to draw an astronaut through a guided drawing tutorial from Art for Kids Hub YouTube channel. Students then developed skills in drawing and blending using chalk and oil pastels as they created an outer space background on construction paper. Once students finished their backgrounds we mounted their astronaut using card stock and mounting tape to give it a 3D effect. 🚀👩🏼‍🚀☄️💫

Wonder

Grade 4 IB PYP “All About Me” unit. This Art project was inspired by RJ Palacio’s book “Wonder”. Students created self-portraits inspired by the illustration of the book cover. They then used a variety of adjectives to describe them. We saw clips of the movie, talked about bullying and how being different should be celebrated and not looked down upon. Groundbreaking for a culture where individuality isn’t really the norm.

All About Me

This was an IB PYP Unit. My students took their time and learned so many elements and principles of art in this transdisciplinary unit. I’m obsessed 😍 Grade 4 & 5

Indian Corn 🌽 Grade 4

Developing Drawing, Blending, Shading, and design skills.

I am…

Students used adjectives to describe them and created an eye catching art piece using words, design, color, and lines.
IB PYP Lesson “All About Me” Unit
These are so cool! Students developed skills in blending and shading with color pencils.
So Creative!!!
AWESOME SAUCE!!
OHH La La!
Just Amazing!

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama Display in the Front School Lobby
Sculpted and paper mache Pumpkins made by students.
Just a tadbit obsessed with these..
Dots, Dots, and more Dots!
We used Q-tips and I glued puff balls on one end to give the students a variety in dot sizes.
Grade 4 getting their Kusama on!
Students used White Oil pastels for their background.
More Dots Please!
Students placing their pumpkins on their backgrounds.
Me Painting the background for my students Kusama Display
Just an Amazing Art Teacher getting her Kusama on!

African Kente Cloths

Paper weaving lesson 2nd and fourth grade did different versions of African Kente Cloths✊🏽

 

 

Native American Art

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Tee Pee’s & Dream Catchers School Display

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Tee Pee’s & Dream Catchers School Display

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Tee Pee’s & Dream Catchers School Display

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Tee Pee’s & Dream Catchers School Display

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Dream Catchers display for Art Exhibition in School Lobby

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1st Grade Native American Art

After discussing the history of Native Americans and their art, totem poles, tee-pees, dream catchers and watching a quick introduction video, we began our projects.

1st Grade Tee-Pee Project:  Involved lines, shapes, foreground, middle ground, and background.  They first used crayons to draw different lines on manila paper. Then they painted white paper using brown for foreground, red for middle ground, and blue for background. Next they drew a triangle on the back of their lined paper and cut it out. Then glued their triangle to their painting with the lines facing up.  Then I gave them two Popsicle sticks to glue to the top of their Tee-pees.

4th Grade Dream Catchers:  We used paper plates.  I gave them reference sheets of native american symbols and we went over what they meant.  They designed the rim of the plates with native american symbols and  designs. Then they cut out the center of the plate  and I had them use watercolors to paint the front and back of plate. Next I used a whole puncher to make holes around the inside of the plate and gave them weaving instructions and yarn.  Once they were done weaving we added feathers and a loop of yarn to the top for hanging.

 

 

Name that Alien

Symmetrical Name Monsters

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Name Aliens

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Name Monster

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Name that Alien Bulletin Board

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Name Monster

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Stars being added with chalk pastels to symmetry name alien

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Name that Alien

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Name that Alien

 

PROCESS:

  • Students write their name in block or bubble style letters, making sure that all of the letters are attached to one another and to the fold.
  • Cut out the name around the perimeter of the letters. (Do not cut out each letter individually and do not cut out on the fold where the letter meets the fold) The students will then open up their name and it should be connected and symmetrical. Each student will glue his name onto a piece of colored or black construction. The name needs to be open.
  • With a marker, oil pastels, or crayons students can draw eyes, arms, legs, or tails on the creature they have created with their symmetrical names.

I also tried this having students write their name in black oil pastels on the fold, then fold their paper so their name is on the inside of the paper and use a rubbing technique. (I just use small plastic glue spatulas I have in my class, but the back end of a drawing pencil will work as well.) I then have students open up their paper and magically their name will appear on the other side. Wowza’s Symmetry!!  I then tell them to look at their names vertical and can they picture it becoming a monster or an alien.  They all start to laugh at this point, because they start to see a nose, mouth,eyes,etc.  They then create their monsters/aliens, cut them out and glue onto black paper.  Lastly they design an outer-space background.  

I LOVE doing this lesson the first week of school as an introductory so I can learn their names.