5th Grade Art
Famous Artists website

Paper Mache Pop Art: (6-8 classes).


Students can look up these key words in google: Andy Warhol, Pop Art, Giant Candy Bars, Paper Mache. By having the students look up these topics, this will give them a bit more insight and knowledge to our project.

The students will need to bring a wrapper or an empty box of their favorite candy for the next art class. I will also encourage students to look at the shape of these wrappers, and visualize what It would look like if somebody were to magnify it!

(day 1), the students will watch a video about making paper mache pop art. This video may encourage the students to think about what they want their project to look like. Remind them to bring a wrapper next time (I have extras if they forget).

(day 2-3): The students will need to build their “Pillow shapes”, just like the video. Show them how to tape and stuff their pillows. This may take the whole time, so if that happens, just start paper maching next time. Start using paper mache (you will have to make it, flour, water, and some white glue. I usually fill up the yellow pitcher, and may have to refill it, and remind students to strain their strips to avoid wasting the goop). The students will cover their base material with white paper strips ( I would skip the first newspaper strip step for a time factor) and paper mache, and allow to dry. You can have them put them on newspaper on the tables outside my room.

(day3-4): The students will start to sketch with Pencil, their design of their candy bar. Remind the students of using rulers, space, and creativity to make this project look good.

(day 4-5): Continue to sketch with pencil.

(day 5-8): Start painting. They can spoon out a few colors at a time on a palette, and follow the same method the video showed. Remind them that small brushes are sometimes better!

Materials: Newspaper, paper mache mixture, white strips, candy bar label, pencils, paint, sharpies.

Gingerbread Houses:
(Start in 2nd week of November: 4-5 classes) *Send out note at the end of October.

The purpose of this lesson is to incorporate architecture and symbolism into a fun holiday project.

The Artist will:

Day 1: Listen to a presentation incorporating history and project ideas for Gingerbread Houses.

Understand how architecture and creative architects like Frank Lloyd Wright can inspire this


Start sketching ideas.

Day 2: Bring materials to build their projects.

Day 3-5: Create a Gingerbread House using design ideas, patterns, and fun styles to make them


Create these projects in 3-6 class periods.

Materials: Candy or other materials such as cereal, pretzels, etc., Box, frosting, graham crackers.

Standards: S1: Skills and Process, S3:Symbolism of materials, S4: Connection to history and Culture, S6: Connection to holidays and architecture.

Ultimate Gingerbread House Website

Build a Gingerbread House Game!

Australian Aboriginal Art Unit:
The Students will:
  • Discuss and research Aboriginal and Australian Art.
  • Watch Aussie videos about Animals, and the Infamous, "Dot and the Kangaroo"
  • Learn about "The Bunyip", look at examples and hear a song about him!
  • Look through Aboriginal Peoples legends, called Dreamtime Stories.
  • Practice creative ways to make an aboriginal bark painting using lines, dots, designs, and symbols.
  • Think of an Aussie symbol or animal to use for the main subject of the painting.
  • Create a large final by drawing, tracing, and painting on a piece of brown paper.

Dreamtime Australia Video
Bunyip Song: Dot and The Kangaroo
http://www.kateowengallery.com/page/10-Facts-About-Aboriginal-Art.aspx Facts about Aboriginal art
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunyip Info about the Bunyip
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INdjRCNcZj0 : Video explaining the Unofficial Anthem of Australia: Waltzing Matilda.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waltzing_Matilda Wiki explanation of Waltzing Matilda
http://www.wartgames.com/themes/australia.html Australian Art Games (site under construction)

Stained Glass Unit

These Links help during the 5th Grades Stained Glass unit! The students learn about stained glass, and then they create their own "Foe" stained glass using transparencies and paint!



Day of the Dead Skulls


sugar skulls websiteFun facts about The Day Of the DeadHistory by WikipediaKids HistoryInfo by Yahoo Kids!Children's Music from Day of the Dead Festival How to make Sugar SkullsThe purpose of this lesson is for students to understand the culture and beauty behind this art form!The artist will:
How to draw a realistic skull
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  • Listen to a brief explanation about Day of the Dead, and the importance of the skull as the symbol.
  • Research and look at several examples and videos on the internet.
  • Practice drawing their skull using lots of lines and designs/ work on a color sheet for practice.
  • Create their own day of the Dead skull on Black paper using oil pastels.
  • Blend to create a finished product.
Materials: Black paper, oils pastels, examples of skulls
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