5th Grade

Welcome to 5th Grade Art!

We will spend a lot of time drawing realistically with pencil this year. We will also learn about other cultures, do collage and learn about abstract and surreal art. If you click on the images below they will take you to a photo album of examples on picasaweb. Use the back button on your browser to return to this page. I am looking forward to the year ahead!

Mrs. Silus

5th Symmetrical Animal


Let's make some art! We start off the year with a quick assignment where students use chalk and black paper to create a symmetrical animal face. They finish their creation with craypas patterns and shapes

* Symmetry
* repeat colors

Interactive website that uses symmetry

5th Painted Kandinsky


Wassily Kandinsky is the father of Abstract art. The students should be very familiar with his work by 5th grade as we studied his work in 2nd grade too. He was inspired by music when he painted. We will create our own paintings using shape, line, texture and pattern. Students will learn about color theory and use tints and shades of an analogous color scheme to finish their work.

5th Aborigine


5th graders love drawing animals! We will study the art of Austrailia and choose an wild animal to celebrate. The students will use large paper to draw their animal and then fill it with pattern. The background of the image may be realistic or based on an aborigine design.

• Large animal
• Elements of the Aborigine style: xray paintings and dream paintings
• Use pattern
• Create a background that enhances your drawing.

5th Surreal Collage


Surrealism is art based on the imagination. What happens when you put images together that don't exist?? People notice. Students viewed Surrealist artwork by Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte. Thinking like surrealists, 5th graders made collages by combining images from magazines that look real but don’t below together.  If you have old calendars with photographs of landscapes...we would love to have them!

Surrealism on BrainPop

Salvador Dali

Rene Magritte

5th Grade Self Portrait


Students were first introduced to self portraits in first grade. in fifth grade we try to add a little more realism and shade the face to create a 3-D drawing. Students will add a background that relates to their life.  (not all examples show this part of the assignment)

Look at the work of JD Hillberry

Find online directions Here

5th Comic


Cartoons are everywhere! Let's design one of their own! Students can create a superhero, super villain, the star of a funny cartoon,  a new princess or a learning character. Try several kinds of styles before starting your own design. 

SIlus Cartoon Resource Website

Create Comic Strips online
SuperHero Woman
Cartooning Video (50 minutes)
Drawing a Comic Strip

5th Grade Clay Head


Students will use the information they learned drawing their self portrait to make a clay head.

5th Grade Common Object


How do artists pick their subject? Claes Oldenburg used everyday objects for inspiration! Students learn about his work and his famous Minneapolis Sculpture The Spoonbridge and Cherry.
There are two parts to this assignment

1. Draw an everyday object and shade it realistically using at least three values with  pencil.

2. Transform the object into something else --add a background and realistic shading.

pink, blue and black weaving


We will study several new techniques for weaving and create tapestries with good design and limited color choices. We will spend at least four art class times on the weaving as well as time in their own classrooms. 

A knowledgeable fifth grade student:

     ©       Demonstrates skills using materials, techniques, and visual art concepts

                •  explores the media/technique of charcoal, chalk, clay, markers, pencil, paints, and computer graphics

                •  understands facial proportions

                •  uses relative size to create macro and micro effects

                •  understands and applies the concept of gradation

                •  understands how to use the color wheel

                •  identifies and uses the concept of focal point

                •  identifies and uses visual movement

                •  understands and applies the concept of gradation

       ©       Describes, analyzes, and evaluates works of art      

                •  describes and analyzes images seen in art work

                •  reflects upon the nature of art and the artistic process (i.e. gather ideas, develop skills, plan/design, create, refine, critique)

                •  selects and uses a variety of subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning

                •  assesses the merits of his/her own art work and the art works of others

      ©       Relates art to history, culture, and other disciplines

                •  expresses perceptions and feelings about his/her everyday life and environment

                •  identifies the context of specific works of art

                •  compares the characteristics of art works from various cultures/eras

                •  understands the role of the art critic

                •  compares characteristics of the visual arts with ideas, themes, issues in the humanities and sciences

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