Archive for the ‘art for grades 1-5’ Category

  • Theme:  Skyscraper building study
  • Objective: Students will use overlapping, perspective, distance, pattern, line, and composition to depict a cityscape with skyscrapers and other buildings.
  • Instructions: Research skyscrapers of famous cities in books or the Internet.  Visit a local downtown area with tall buildings to get ideas.  Students can also imagine a cityscape and draw various buildings with different shapes, sizes, and textures.  Drawing can be in pencil or colored pencil. 
  • Materials:  paper, pencils, erasers, colored pencils.

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  • Theme: Colorful hand drawing that resembles stained glass.
  • Objective: Use hands as the subject to create a design using overlapping technique and color to resemble a stained glass look.
  • Instructions: Have student trace their own hand and repeat by overlapping and drawing their hand in three different positions to create an interesting design.  Using colored pencils, have the student color the shapes that were created.  The shapes beside each other should be colored different colors.  Use primary, analogous or complimentary colors.  Refer to the color wheel.
  • Materials:  Sketch or drawing paper and colored pencils.

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Constitution Collage

  • Theme: U.S. Constitution (Grades 1-5)
  • Objective: Create a collage with mixed media.  Cut out images and arrange with cut/torn papers into a design and glue on drawing paper.  Accent with chalk pastels.  Student’s example.
  • Materials: printed images, construction paper, chalk pastels, drawing paper, glue, and scissors. 

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Neoclassical Architecture

  • Theme: Neoclassical Architecture (Grades 1-5)
  • Objective: Discuss and show examples of symmetry in Neoclassical architecture. Demonstrate oil pastel rub transfer and wax resist techniques. Fold paper in half. Draw half of a building on one side; fold paper and rub to transfer image to other side.   Apply watercolor paints to demonstrate wax resist technique. 
  • Materials: Images of architecture from Neoclassical period for ideas, watercolor paper, oil pastels, watercolors, brushes, and water.

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Wild West Collage with Found Objects

Scene inspired by Frederic Remington’s The Smoke Signal.

  • Theme: Wild West project (Grades 1-5) 
  • Objective: Discuss and show examples of images from American wild west.  Use cut/torn papers and found objects and apply with glue to paper to create a scene.
  • Materials: Images from American wild west for ideas, drawing paper, various found objects, glue, scissors, construction paper, and tissue paper. 

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