At this level the students develop a need for realism in their drawing and painting skills. Students are encouraged to observe the physical world with a keen eye. Studying from a more historical context, artists, styles, inventions, cultures, etc., of a certain time period, the students gain a sense of self in the historical time line. Fourth grade artists continue their study and practice of the Elements of Art, as well as, five of the Principles of Design (movement, proportion, pattern, balance, and contrast). The following are a few highlights from 4th grade.
POP Art .............................
In the 1950's and 60's Pop Art became "popular" in the art world. Students in the 4th grade are introduced to this style of art by viewing art reproductions and discussing how 'pop culture' has changed over the years. We look at examples of artwork by Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns. The following student examples are based on Andy Warhol's use of repetition. Students designed one image to be repeated and then applied color using a variety of media (crayon, colored pencil, marker, chalk pastel, oil pastel, tempera and/or watercolor paint, and fabric and paper collage).
To begin this unit of study, we review math and art concepts by viewing a variety of art visuals. We look at Native American weavings (Navajo), Amish and other traditional quilts, and a variety of drawings and paintings that have a strong sense of balance and symmetry. Students then develop a symmetrical design using pencil, marker, crayon, and a tempera wash. This year we also applied a glitter glaze as a finishing touch.
Fourth grade students created sketchbooks to use in and out of the art room. Sketch assignments are assigned throughout the year and teacher-reveiwed the following class. Students are expected to do these drawings at home, preferably during a quiet time, and are asked to LOOK at an actual object or photograph to encourage eye-hand coordination and a critical eye.
If you are working with your son or daughter on a sketch assignment, please encourage him/her to draw large. The object assigned should be the focal point. This allows for easier study and practice of details and value. Value is shading and highlighting - using lights, mediums, and darks of any given color. In fourth grade we use a simple 5 pt. value scale. Adding value to a drawing (shading and highlighting) is easiest when using pencil, colored pencil or crayon.