We’ve been doing a little fun review of art elements and concepts as third and fourth graders wrap up their final projects.
Third graders divided their paper into triangles using masking tape, drew patterns with crayons, and painted with watercolors. They finished up by gently peeling away the masking tape, brainstorming everything they could remember about art with their friends, and writing about art in the taped spaces.
It was such fun to read these pieces!
Fourth grade artists created realistic drawings of their hands (ok, I let them trace their hands, but the details including rings, fingernails, and shading were a big challenge!) They drew and illustrated the art elements and attached them to a wristband…fun!
Oh how I love these glorious Koi paintings by my fourth grade artists!
They learned that the Japanese Koi, or carp, is a much loved fish in Japan and is a symbol of strength and perseverance in the Japanese culture. After a quick painting demonstration, they painted their koi with India ink on large sheets of paper. The room was absolutely silent as everyone concentrated on their paintings.
Can’t wait to see the finished pieces after we add color!
Fourth grade artists learned about the art of drawing a mandala as part of their study of Asian art. They can tell you that the word ‘mandala’ in the ancient Sanskrit language means ‘circle’. A mandala is a spiritual symbol in Indian religions and represents the universe.
Georgetown’s artists created their own mandalas, enjoying the meditative process of working from the center of the circle to the outside edges, adding pattern and shapes to create a pleasing design.
We turned our mandala art into beautiful ornaments, adding printed pine needles and a watercolor background.
I Can: describe a mandala; create a mandala using line and shape; create a pleasing color combination using warm and cool colors.
See more of these beautiful mandalas at our ARTSONIA art gallery!
Fourth grade artists had a blast making these colorful Calder sculptures! They used problem solving skills to fold and create a standing “stabile” sculpture in the style of Calder’s “La Grande Vitesse” that can be seen on the Calder Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids.
La Grande Vitesse
First everyone made a practice sculpture from plain paper. Bonus if you could get your paper sculpture to stand on its own!
Students traced their practice sculpture on to heavy weight tagboard, then cut and folded their mini Calder “just right” so it would stand. Their next challenge was to add sticker dots so their stabile would be interesting from all angles.
Love these beautiful sculptures!
*Tell a friend the difference between a mobile and a stabile sculpture
*Create a stabile sculpture that stands on its own
Georgetown fourth grade artists have been learning about the work of Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky. Inspired by his “Composition VIII”, they traced circles and masked off lined areas on their watercolor paper as they explored creating an art piece in the style of Kandinsky.
This great little video really brought this painting to life!
Their finished Kandinsky pieces are colorful and filled with interesting lines, shapes, and patterns.
* Identify realistic, abstract, and non-objective art
* Create an art piece in the style of Wassily Kandinsky
* Use color, line, shape, and pattern to create an eye-path through my art piece
Georgetown Fourth Grade artists recently finished a huge figure drawing unit. They began by looking at the art of Edgar Degas, who was a master at drawing the human figure and known for his pastel drawings of ballerinas.
Then they tried their own figure drawings…modeling for each other and doing a series of quick gesture drawings in their sketchbooks.
Next we moved on to drawing wooden mannequin figures!
Finally – they created a background by straw blowing paint and outlining their beautiful blotches…and adding their figure drawings and other practice forms on their background. Magnificent!
* Identify the work of Edgar Degas
* Capture movement in a figure by gesture drawing
* Draw a mannequin figure in correct proportion
See more 4th Grade figure drawings at our ARTSONIA on-line gallery!
Georgetown’s Fourth Grade artists created these beautiful Amazon rainforest birds to wrap up their study of Mexico, Central America, and South America. See more rainforest birds in our on-line Artsonia gallery here!
This project was inspired by Denise M. Logan’s book, “Dynamic Art Projects For Children”.