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4th Grade Art Lessons

How to Draw & Paint Garden Flowers Video

How to Draw & Paint Garden Flowers Video

By on Jul 18, 2015 | 6 comments

I must admit. I’ve gone a little flower crazy since reviewing Julia Rothman’s Nature Anatomy. I can’t stop painting flowers! And I created this little video which ties in nicely with my other newest obsession–making videos. For this project, grab a few sheets of 12″ x 9″ watercolor paper, a sharpie marker, some oil pastels,...

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Jelly Fish Art project

Jelly Fish Art project

By on Jun 20, 2015 | 23 comments

One of the prettiest projects my third graders created this year happened during the very last days of school. I get rather desperate for ideas and organization towards the end of the school year so I had to scramble for a fast, two session project. I came across a jellyfish painting on my Watercolor Pinterest Board and it was love at first sight. My third graders...

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How Loud is a Lion Art Project

How Loud is a Lion Art Project

By on May 29, 2015 | 0 comments

I know this lesson looks like a bit of work…drawing, painting, cutting, pasting. But, believe me.  It’s worth it.  This is the type of lesson that keeps on giving long after the lesson is over…little lion drawings everywhere. There is something about learning how to draw an animal that really empowers children. This guided drawing is simple enough...

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Picasso’s La Coq Pastel Project

Picasso’s La Coq Pastel Project

By on May 21, 2015 | 3 comments

The inventory situation in my art room has reached a critical point. I have depleted my black oil pastels, white paper and white paint. This trio is my milk, eggs and bread of the art room.  Not wanting to place an order when I have two more weeks of classes, I’m forced to go beyond what is comfortable and start using up the left-overs. My pastel drawer, which...

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Watercolor Bouquet Art Project & Video Lesson

Watercolor Bouquet Art Project & Video Lesson

By on May 16, 2015 | 2 comments

Liquid watercolor paints get a good deal of use in my art room. So much in fact, that I keep watercolor-filled baby food jars at the ready in my cupboard.  When trying to decide whether to use liquid watercolors or tray watercolors, consider what your intention is for the art lesson. For this lesson I had three watercolor goals: Proper application of a wash Intense...

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Gunslingers & Outlaws Art Project

Gunslingers & Outlaws Art Project

By on May 11, 2015 | 0 comments

I introduced this lesson way back in 2010 and it instantly became a favorite of classroom teachers. I created the lesson after experimenting with ways to teach my 6th graders how to draw hats. I had a cowboy book on my bookshelf so I pulled it out. The lesson morphed into an Old West WANTED poster and for many teachers, the opportunity to add narrative. Since I...

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