Category Archives: Fourth Grade

2013-2014 Annual DCSD Art Show

2013-2014 Annual DCSD Art Show

The annual DCSD art show is always a wonderful way to celebrate our amazing artists.  The kids made me proud, and we even had two students win Wow! awards this year.  The judges pick 3 students per grade level district wide for this award, so it is a great honor to have two of our students chosen! One of the student’s was also chosen for the district purchase award.  Her work is on display at the district building for three years on a lease.  Her work was chosen to represent all Highland Ranch schools for the intermediate level.

Move-A-Thon Logos 2014

Move-A-Thon Logos 2014

The quest for the 2014 Move-A-Thon logo winner is on!  Students are creating some fantastic designs.  We discuss what a logo is, the purpose being to identify or brand a product or event.  This year’s theme is The Mustand 500: Engage to finish strong. The hard part will definitely be narrowing down all these designs into just ONE winner for our logo design.

Problem Solving in Art

Problem Solving in Art

 

 

 

 

 

My students learn how to problem solve and be resilient on a daily basis in art.  Sometimes the solutions are simple, other times we have to brainstorm some different ideas.  These kitties were created by my first graders.  Our goal was to learn about value and complimentary colors. As such the students were able to choose which compliments they used, but could not have color choices beyond that.  Both of these students faced a similar problem: the wrong color in their background. One child chose to color over her mistake, the other chose to erase the mistake.  Both were acceptable ways to fix the error!

Art Enrichment Clay Masks Inspired by Kimmy Cantrell

Art Enrichment Clay Masks Inspired by Kimmy Cantrell

These masks were so cool!  We did this as an after school art enrichment.  We studied artist Kimmy Cantrell’s work, and then the students designed their masks on paper prior to working with the clay. We added texture, cut outs (negative space), and color of course!

Fish in a Jar

Fish in a Jar

 

We have been working on our Original Works projects for the first three weeks of school.  This was fourth grades project.  They had to draw a fish bowl, but the twist was that the fish bowl was in either an outdoor setting, or a setting of their choice.  The students were able to experiment and add their own personal touch.

DCSD Art Show 2013

DCSD Art Show 2013

We had a great showing of artwork at the annual Park Meadows all district art show.  We have the most amazing, talented artists at Saddle Ranch!  Congratulations to the kiddos for a job well done.

Colorful Giraffes

Colorful Giraffes

We started this project off by drawing the giraffes together.  After we were done the kids were able to choose all the colors for their giraffe with the exception that it had to be colorful and not realistic. We used colored pencil on everything except the main body of the giraffe, this was watercolor.  The students then did

Art Enrichment Birdhouses

Art Enrichment Birdhouses

I just wrapped up an art enrichment class that was held after school. This class was open to all 1st-6th graders.  The birdhouses reflected the students personalities and they turned out really cool!  The kids had a blast painting them and then adding all sorts of fun things to the wood surface.

Patterned Landscapes

Patterned Landscapes

This project was a hit with my fourth graders.  We drew the basic landscape together and then the kids filled in the landscape with all sorts of different patterns.  They did a really good job of coming up with some creative ideas.  We also discussed the fact that their patterns should be about 80% color and 20%, they were not supposed to fill in an area with solid color.

Tropical Birds

Tropical Birds

The fourth graders created these tropical birds with a watercolor background.  We used saran wrap on top of the wet watercolor to get the cool value changes.  We then talked about making the birds colorful and blending colors that were either analogous or different shades of the same color (value) on the birds.