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Fifth 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-Contour-What is outer contour line?

The students learn what is a contour line. The goal is observation of line in real life. The students do an activity outlining the outer contour on shapes on a large paper. The students draw the outer contour of an object from around the house. Snap a picture of the final drawing and email or Dojo message me.

Line review video


Video Part 1-Introduction to contour.



Outer Contour Activity Sheet.pdf


Video Part 2-Applying contour line-drawing activity.



How to draw outer contour reading.pdf  


Example of outer contour drawing


Voc. Words







Week 3-What is Blind and Modified Contour?

The student will continue their observation of line through two activities, blind and modified contour, based from the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. A blind contour is where the artist is drawing the contour lines of an object but they did not look at their paper. These are timed drawings. A modified contour drawing is where the artist is allowed to glance at the paper, but should spend most of the time looking at the object in which they are drawing. The students will draw their hands using these techniques.


Blind and Modified Contour Intro/Warm up drawing activity:


Studio-Modified Contour of Hand Video: This drawing will take 20 minutes if they are doing the process correctly. If finished before that time, look for more contours and details. Also, look for the way the light hits the hand. You can add shadows and shading to your hand. 



Student Example

Voc. Words

Inner Contour

Blind Contour

Modified Contour



Week 4-Mood head, how is mood shown in art? Integration: Language Arts 

During this week the students will examine how mood is seen in art works. Through the use of color and expression artists get the mood of their works across, much like a poet through the use of words in a poem. They will create a mood head using cut paper.


What is mood in art, introduction video and studio assignment: 




Old Guitarist: Pablo Picasso  





Voc. Words 



Mood and color 


Week 5-Linear Perspective: Integration: Math

The student learn the basics of one point linear perspective. They will create a road.



Resource sheet for the assignment 

5th Grade linear perspective sheet (1).pdf



Voc. Words 

Horizon Line 

Vanishing Point

Horizontal Line

Diagonal Line

Vertical Line 




Week 7-Different Ways of showing Value 

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


Intro. Video 


Print out value scale 

5th Grade Value Scale.pdf


Studio Video:

Print out of activity sheet with other reference handouts 

Value Shading Sheets.pdf


Student Example 


Voc. Words:






Cast Shadow



Week 8: Organic Form Drawing 


In this culminating drawing the students will do a final drawing of an organic form using one 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 

Blending Pumpkin

Hatching Cat 


Student Example


Up to Date



Week 9-Texture Masters 

The students will review visual texture and create their own texture hand.


Intro./Assignment Video:



Texture Hand Sheet:



Examples Below:



Voc. Words

Visual Texture 

Drawn Texture 



Week 10- Color Wheel

The students will complete an entire color wheel


Studio demo video



Color Wheel Print Out. If you do not have paints to complete the assignment use crayons.

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 14-15: Stained Glass

The students will look at the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Rose Window. We will create a paper stained glass window using tissue paper 


This is the Rose Window from Notre Dame, Paris, France



Check out Notre Dame through Google Earth





Voc Words

Stained Glass

Radial Symmetry



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 

The students will create a pinch pot and press design patterns onto the surface. They will learn Native Americans used and still use these techniques in their pottery. 

Voc. Words 

pinch pot

hand built 


clay tool 







Week 19-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 20-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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