4th Grade Art


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About Me Collage: (2-3 classes)
Day 1: The class will discuss what a collage means, and understand that it is a group of materials, pictures, and words layered in a united design. The students will be asked to create a collage about themselves, and the teacher will show a good example.

Day 2-3: The students will look through magazines and choose a variety of pictures to create this collage, using balance, unity, and overlapping.

Materials: Magazines, paper, scissors.

Collage Website

Google Collage ideas

Venetian Masks

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The purpose of this lesson is for students to design and have a greater understanding

for the use of masks in the past societies.

Materials: plaster strips, mask forms, water, acrylic paint, metallic paint, ribbon.

Objectives: The artist will:

• Discuss what a Venetian mask is, and how it related to past societies.

• Look at several examples of Venetian Masks

• Talk about details and designs that appear on these masks.

• Discuss step by step process for these masks. • Sketch their design ideas

• Create their own masks using plaster strips, paint, and ribbon.

Art Standards: S1: Process and skills S3: Symbolic knowledge S4: History and culture of the Venetian Mask

Vocabulary: Lines, Designs, highlights, outline.


Venetian Mask Website

Venetian Mask History

Types of Venetian Masks

Labyrinth Masquerade sequence

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American Gothic Parodies
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The purpose of this lesson is for students to get to know Grant Wood and his work, and put a funny twist on a very famous Painting. 4-6 class periods.

Objectives: The artist will:
  • Discuss what they know about Grant Wood and his famous painting, “American Gothic”.

  • Listen to a short book about Grant Wood, including fun facts about his life and ideas behind his famous paintings.

  • Look at examples and fun ideas behind American Gothic on the Internet.

  • Discuss and list what it means to make a parody, by making it funny, but still using the essential parts of the painting, such as the man, woman, and building behind them

  • Understand the vocabulary of proportion, realism, and regionalism.

  • Create an “American Gothic” parody using colored pencils.


Cross Curriculum: History, literature.

Art Standards: S1, S3, S4, S6.



American Gothic Parodies!

Ideas about Parodies for American Gothic

Funny Commercial using the American Gothic people!

American Gothic House Link

Navajo Sand painting
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The purpose of this lesson is for students to understand the culture of the Navajo Indians and create a project similar to their style of Art.


The Artist will:

  • Discuss the art and ideas behind Navajo Sand Painting.

  • Look at several examples of Sand Painting.

  • Watch videos of demonstrations of sand painting.

  • Discuss symbolism and outdoor life with the Navajos.

  • sketch a sand painting idea using the symbolism in this culture.

  • Draw their design on a piece of cardboard.

  • Paint on the glue and use small amounts of colored sand to create their own sand painting.


Materials: Cardboard, Elmer’s Glue (in small containers for brush use), brushes, colored sand, pencils.



Short video: Easy example of Navajo Sand Painting
Composition of Navajo Sand Paintings
More Sand Paintings
Navajo Sand Painting Artist

Navajo Sand Painting Website



Rain Sticks:

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The purpose of this lesson is for students to understand a cultural symbol through music and art.
Rainstick Videos: Materials, How to use different materials such as nails, pins, or toothpicks, filling a rainstick



The Artist will:
  • Discuss what a rainstick is and what cultures use these instruments.
  • Define reasons for this instrument.
  • Discuss the different Native American Cultures that use them (Hopi, Navajo, Sioux, Chumash).
  • Discuss other Iconic Symbols of Native Americans, such as Kokopelli and the Dream Catcher.
  • Listen to a Native American Legends and symbols that relates to the students.
  • Discuss how the Native Americans used symbols to tell a story.
  • Build a rainstick and create a cover using symbols and ideas from Native American Culture.

Materials: Brown Paper, Paint, Native American Symbols, books about Native American Culture.

Standards: S1: Skills and Process, S3: Symbolism, S4: History and Culture, S6: Connection to music.
Native American Crafts
Native American Culture

Puppet Unit:Students will learn about the art of puppetry. they will create a puppet head out of paper mache, and learn to sew a "glove like" body for their puppet head to fit on.Puppets can be animal or human!Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 10.49.43 AM.pngScreen Shot 2015-02-12 at 10.49.56 AM.png