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Tooled Metal Ornaments

Tooled Ornaments

Fourth graders stacked shapes to draw an old fashioned ornament.  They folded their sketch in half and then cut a symmetrical pattern.  The large shapes were broken into smaller shapes.  They taped their patterns to tooling foil.  Working on the soft surface of their sketchbooks, students traced over their lines with a stylus.  The ornament was then cut out.  To emboss, students outlined a shape on the front, gently used the stylus to “color” inside the shape on the back, then outlined the front again.  Students used 2 or 3 Sharpies to add color.


Patriotic Eagles Grade 4

This lesson was a huge success in my art classes.  The structure of drawing from a photograph combined with the freedom in designing the background appealed to all students.

Fourth graders drew an eagle in profile by working from a photograph.  They added a patriotic background that included stars and stripes, and red, white and blue.  Students worked with oil pastels on black paper.

Tracy Albert, from May Whitney School in Lake Zurich, developed this lesson.

Snowy Forest Grade 4

White craypas were used to draw a cluster of pine trees on a snowbank.  White chalk was applied heavily to the edges of a tagboard oval.  The oval was placed over the trees, then a tissue was used to smudge the chalk from the center out.  A dusting of tempera snow was spattered on with a toothbrush rubbed against a screen.

Arrowhead Necklaces Grade 4

I was given a collection of arrowheads found in the woods of upper Wisconsin.   I had almost enough for every fourth grader.  I supplemented the authentic arrowheads with hand-made ones from Oriental Trading Company so that each student could have one.

The arrowheads  tied in perfectly with our fourth grade study of Native American art.  The students wound thin wire around their arrowhead, leaving a long end to wrap around a length of suede.  They added a symmetrical pattern of wooden beads to finish the piece.

Miniature Monet Landscapes

Fourth graders painted these amazing landscapes with a limited palette of magenta, turquoise, white, and yellow acrylics.  A touch of phthalo green was allowed.  The tiny canvases, easels, and brushes inspired their best effort!

Animal Eyes

Careful observation was the focus of these drawings.  Fourth graders selected an animal eye to enlarge on black paper.  They worked from the center of the eye out, lightly outlining the main shapes.  Construction paper crayons were blended and layered following the direction of the patterns and textures on the animal.

Pop Art Sandwich

Giant food is a favorite subject for my fourth graders.   This 18″ x 24″ sandwich was created during our study of  Claus Oldenburg.  Students viewed and discussed his  Pop Art sculptures.  They learned how his early jobs influenced his giant hamburger soft sculpture.  Groups brainstormed sandwich fillings before getting started.  Meats, cheeses, veggies and sauces were were cut from colored paper.  Repetition and contrast were stressed.   Students waited to glue until all pieces were cut and arranged.