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Fourth Grade Lessons

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Fall Unit-Art Elements

Week 1-Welcome/unit overview/first art class drawing


The first week we go over procedures and safety in the art classroom. View the video below through the link.




The first activity is to view the following video below about the art elements. This is the large unit that we go through each fall semester. Each art lesson will be focused on one of the art elements.



The hands on activity is a free draw that is timed. This helps me see the drawing developmental level the student is on and some insight on their attention span. A simple template is provided below, but you can use a piece of paper. Give the student a pencil and some crayons. They can draw whatever they like and color it. They only need to draw and color for the time allotted. It seems simple but most students try to stop before the time is complete. Below are the times for each of the grades. You do not turn in this drawing. 

K-1-10 minutes 

2-3-18 minutes 

4-5-24 minutes

My First Art Class Drawing 2020.pdf  




Week 2-Observation of Line-How do we observe line? Integration: Science 

The students will review line types. Based on the book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, by Betty Edwards, the students will do two drawing activities that will help with their observation skills. The final activity is called monster twin. Snap a picture of the final drawing and email or Dojo message me. 

Review video about types of lines and line quality



View the following images. Is it a vase or cup? Is it two faces?



Is he facing forward or to the side (profile)?


Part 1 of the lesson



Scan of the brain: shows the two hemispheres (right and left side)


Part 2 of lesson



Student example of the monster twin assignment

Voc. Words 


Right Brain 

Left Brain 




Week 3-Upside Down. How do we see without symbols?

The students do one more activity from Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. They do a copy draw but the image is turned upside down. This helps the students see the lines in the image and improve their observation skills.


First, print the follow image before the intro. video. If you can't print it, open the file in a separate window. This will allow you to see the image and watch the video at the same time. 

Upside Down Girl.pdf


Upside Down intro. video 



Studio lesson video-upside down girl





Student Example


Extension Drawing: Upside down seated man

Upside Down Seated Man .pdf


Voc. Words





Week 4-Shape Houses: Integration: Geometry  

The students create a construction paper house using geometric and organic shapes. For reference they look at historical architecture from North Carolina.


Shape review video:



Studio assignment video, shape house:


Looking at historical architecture, Preservation NC-http://www.presnc.org/

This site you can search for various homes and buildings across the state. Look at their style. What qualities are there. Are their columns? What are the windows like? What does the door look like? Look at the landscaping.   



Student Example

Voc. Words 






Week 5 What is Space? Foreground, Middle Ground, Background 

The students review horizon line and examine that images have a foreground, middle ground, and background. They also examine how size of objects in the image vary based on there location. The students create a mountain scene that has fore, middle, and background. 





Student Example 

Voc. Words 

Horizon Line 


Middle Ground 


Size and Placement 





Week 6-Different ways of showing value 

We will review value. We will learn there are four different ways to shade in drawing. We will do an activity sheet to learn hatching, cross hatching, blending, and stippling. 


Intro. video 

Activity sheet to print (includes other reference sheets)

Value Shading Sheets.pdf


Studio video


Student Example 

Voc. Words:






Cast Shadow



Week 8-Form Drawing 

In this culminating drawing the students will do a final drawing of a geometric form using on of the four different ways of drawing value in their drawing. This activity uses all of the skills taught up to this point in the course.


Intro/Studio Video


Stippling Sphere

Cross-hatching Pyramid 

Cross-hatching Cube 


Student Example

Up to Date


Week 9-Visual/Drawn Texture 

The students will complete an activity sheet dealing with drawn texture. They will learn that visual texture can be created by lines, shapes, and dots. The students will do a copy draw of the texture sheet in the link below.



Intro. Video 


Student Example 

Texture Sheet Link is below.



Voc. Words 

Visual Texture 




Week 10- Color Wheel

The students will complete an entire color wheel.


Studio Demo. Video 



Color Wheel Print Out. Complete with crayons if you do not have paints.

3rd-5th Color Wheel.pdf






Supplemental Video 



Voc. Words 









Week 11-Applying Color Theory 

In this two class period lesson, the student create a painting of an orange fruit. Class one of the assignment the students draw from observation an orange half and begin painting their work. The students are required that each segment of the inside of the orange be a different mixed color. The students also learn more variations of color through tint, shade and tone. 


Part One 


Studio Video-Save your drawing for part 2





Voc. Words






Week 12-Part Two-Painting the Citrus


Watch video below 






Week 12 and 13-Watercolor Winter 


The students develop their own winter scenes. We discuss what things do we see in winter to include in their images. The first day the students draw out their image. Second day the students learn basic watercolor techniques and paint their image using cool colors.


Part One Video Link:



Cool/Warm Color Review Video Link:



Part Two Painting Techniques:



Voc. Words 


Mask Out 



Cool Colors


Graded Wash

Blow with Straw






Student Example








Week 14-Four Point Snowflakes

The students will create paper snowflakes by folding and cutting. They review symmetrical balance.

Voc. Words 


Visual Weight


Lesson Video




Week 15 and 16-Fantasy Molecules

The students will start their three-dimensional work with a collaborative project. The students will examine how molecules are depicted. They will also examine the work of Tara Donovan, a sculptor from New York. In small groups the students will use toothpicks and Styrofoam balls to create a molecule. Day 2 of the lesson, the students will paint their groups work a color and also arrange their project with asymmetrical balance. Once complete, I combine all of the works into one giant class molecule.    

Voc. Words




Asymmetrical Balance 







Week 17-Clay Intro.

In this class the students will be introduced to natural clay. They learn clay is a natural material that has been used to create utilitarian and art pottery for 1000's of years. They will look at some work from my personal collection. They will go over the procedures for handling clay including kneading/wedging and hand washing. This will prepare the students for the main project.

Voc. Words 








Week 18-Pinch Pot Creature 

The students will create a pinch pot and create a face on it. They will learn a brief history of the face jug, a traditional North Carolina pottery form.  

Voc. Words 

pinch pot

hand built 

clay tool 








Week 21-Painting/Glazing, Bone Dry, and Kiln Firing


During this class, the students will paint their pottery projects. We will discuss different ways to add color to and protect pottery. We will also discuss what bone dry is and looks like. The students will then watch a time lapse of pottery being created from start to finish. When the students have completed their projects, they will turn them back in to be sealed. They will be able to take their projects home next week.


Voc. Words 

Bone Dry 




Wheel Throwing 









Week 21-Abstract Portraits with Chalk & Chalk Pastels


Students will be prompted to close their eyes and draw shapes that mimic features (“Draw 2 circles anywhere on your paper.” – Eyes, “Draw a Triangle anywhere on your paper.”– Nose, Etc.). After drawing these shapes, students will be informed that they are making an abstract portrait and that they have around 5 mins to make these shapes look like a face. Once they have drawn this face in pencil, they will trace it with black marker. After tracing with black marker they will use chalk pastels/chalk to fill in all of the paper around the black lines. They may use the chalk/pastels to add texture, blend, add patterns, etc. They will leave their work with Ms. D.J. so she may apply a fixative and they will be able to take them home next week.  









Week 22-Mixed Media/Collage 

Students will create a paper collage from old magazines, newspapers, contruction paper, etc. They should use a wide variety of shapes, colors, patterns, and sizes. They will arrange their composition and then glue their work to a page. If they finish their composition early, they may use paint and/or markers to add texture and patterns to their piece. The students will learn about Surrealism and Dadaism while viewing works from Dali, Hoch, Mattise, and others.


Vocabulary Words







Middle Ground




SURREALISM || Collage Series | Domestika







Week 24 – Mosaic 

Vocab: (Mosaic, Base, Tesserae, Adhesive)


Students will learn about mosaic art and the many different variations of materials used in mosaic. Students will make mosaics by gluing dry goods (beans, cereal, rice, etc) or any other found materials (approved by guardians) to a piece of paper to make a picture. They may design/plan out their mosaic or create impulsively.


Artists in order: Emma Karp Lundstrom (her mosaic is made out of apples!!), Isaiah Zagar, Peter Cavallini, Antoni Gaudi








Week 25 – Weaving/Fiber Art


Vocab: (Textiles, Weaving, Loom, Warp, Weft)


Students will need a paper plate, scissors, and yarn. They will follow the video tutorial below to complete their own paper plate woven flower.





Students will need:

  1.  A piece of cardboard, paper plate, or other flat surface that they can glue materials to.
  2. Cardboard that they can cut into shapes, yarn, foam stickers, or any other materials they can glue to number 1 that will provide texture (you can use pretty much anything that will create a raised surface when glued to a flat surface, get creative! You don’t have to use what I have listed. Just make sure that it’s okay that the item is covered in paint and glued to your surface.
  3. Paint (any kind of paint should work).
  4. Paper.
  5. Glue stick or liquid glue.



  1. Glue whatever materials you have chosen to use to your flat surface. Let them dry. This will be your “collograph” plate.
  2. Cover your collograph plate with a light coat of paint. Make sure that you cover all of the materials that you have glued onto your collograph plate, so that all of the texture is transferred.
  3. Press your collograph plate onto your clean sheet of paper with the materials facing down. Press firmly to make sure that all of the materials are touching the paper but not so firm that materials come unglued or break off of your collograph plate.
  4. Pull your collograph plate off of your paper to reveal your first collograph print!
  5. Try covering the collograph plate with another light coat of paint in a different color and printing again. You may do it in the same place, rotate the plate, print it in a different area of your paper, etc. Get creative!


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