Fourth Grade Gallery
Even if you don't play minecraft, I'm sure you have seen or heard of it. When I told my students we were going to do a minecraft project there were cheers, they loved the idea. They started by planning out their selfie on a small piece of graph paper. It was hard for them not to use curves. They were only allowed to cut a square in half to create angles. Once their plans were ready, they moved onto the collage part. They glued down many, many squares of paper on a larger piece of graph paper.
Students learned about pop artist Wayne Theibaud. He painted everyday objects and especially liked to paint cakes and candy. I wish I could have had actually cupcakes and cakes for the students to look at and drawn from but they used their imagination to create their own delicious pieces of artwork. They started out drawing cupcakes and used oil pastels to show the lights and darks. Then they moved onto cakes with many layers. To show the perspective of the cake, they drew it with a slice taken out. They truly are scrumptious works of art.
I usually don't do the same projects in different grades but because our district's theme was "Building Bridges" I decided to teach this particular project to my 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. They turned out so great and really make an impact. I took the theme literally and thought this was a perfect opportunity to learn and look at bridges as forms of art. They learned about bridges through the years, their construction and artist Joseph Stella, who is famous for his painting "The Brooklyn Bridge". Students drew a silhouette of their bridge and traced over it with sharpie. Then they used short brushstokes to paint the water with cool colors and used warm colors for the sky. They turned out fabulous.
4th graders learned about tints and shades during this project. Adding white to a pure color makes it a tint and adding black to a pure makes it a shade. Once they finished the background, they painted a silhouette of a curly tree.