Every student will complete a clay project this year. It’s a bit of a challenge to store 600+ projects, but somehow it gets done and the kids just love seeing their project once it goes through the glaze firing! So do I!
Our fourth graders worked on these winter landscapes which I think turned out quite nicely! We used tape to create the trees, then painted around them using analogous colors, leaving under the horizon line white for snow. We then drew a fence on top of the horizon. I had some resources for the students to look at, but they were also able to come up with their own fence if they chose. Next we peeled the tape off and I showed the student how to shade the trees with watercolor. It was very challenging and the kids had to learn how to control the paint, they did a really good job with this skill. Finally we talked about a light source and I explained how a shadow would come from behind the tree and fence and be cast on the ground. We also discussed how the shadow should match the length of whatever it was that was casting the shadow. The kids did a great job on this project!
The fourth graders drew turtles with me and learned about value and analogous colors, as well as contrast. We talked a lot about color mixing, using the color wheel to guide us. I also showed the students several different ways in which they could blend or mix colors together using oil pastels. While the turtles all looked very similar before we added color they certainly became unique once the students chose their colors!
The fourth graders created clay license plates this year. I thought these were so fun. The kids had to choose a word or phrase for their license plate. They also had to stamp into the clay creating textures or drawing into the clay. They were also required to create at least three “add ons,” smaller items created out of clay and then attached to their flat piece of clay. I love how these turned out.
Fourth grade did a weaving project using straws as their loom. Although you can make a loom out of many things I’ve found the straws to be a cheap and effective way to show the students how to build a loom. The students created pockets with their weaving, and we talked about how this type of art is very functional. Some students added a closure to the top, while others left it open with only ties along the side.
The fourth graders created these awesome patterned cactus using sharpie and watercolor. They were given a quick demonstration on how to draw different types of cactus, as well as a visual of a variety of cactus to draw from if they chose to. We then talked about creating patterns aiming for 50% of the pattern to be black and the other 50% to be white. Students were able to choose whatever colors they wanted to paint, but were advised to think about contrast.