4th Grade

Welcome to 4th Grade Art!

We will be creating some large drawings this year using line and pattern. We study artists like Henri Matisse and Paul Cezanne. We also complete two projects that relate to Native American Arts from Minnesota. I'm looking forward to this year! If you click on an image below it will take you to an album of pictures in picasaweb. Use the back button on the browser to return to this page.

Mrs. Silus

4th Names


We will be learning about one point perspective this year. The name assignment is a bit of a warm up. We take our time drawing our names in block letters then connect them to a vanishing point.

4th Matisse


Henri Matisse was said to have "painted with scissors". We will look at his amazing collages and then create our own collage of a person in action. Students will think about shape, visual movement and a focal point.

4th Bikes


Obsevational drawing is a great way to improve your drawing skills and your "seeing" skills. The fourth graders will do their best to draw a bike that is enlarged to go off the page on 3 or 4 sides. We discuss negative and positive space, contour line and pattern.

Positive and Negative Space

4th Grade Weaving


We will study several new techniques for weaving and create tapestries with good design. We will spend at least four art class times on the weaving as well as time in their own classrooms. Students may need to bring their weavings home if they are not keeping up. The replacement cost for the looms are $20 and will need to return to school with their weaving if they are taken home.

From 4th 1 point perspective


Students are introduced to one point perspective in this lesson. They follow a powerpoint to draw a road and two buildings. We then talk about ways to show space in their drawing and they can add additional elements to show these ideas:

Empty Bowls 2011


Let's do some good for the community! Empty Bowls has been a Hopkins Tradition for many years. Students from the elementary, junior high and high school partner with local artists and programs to create hundreds of bowls to raise money for Resource West and the Hopkins Food Shelf. The even always takes place in March to correspond with Youth Art Month and our district Art Show at the Hopkins Center for the Arts.

See the bowls from 2013
Mrs. Acker
Ms. Albrecht
Mrs. Hahn
See the bowls from 2012
Mrs. Acker
Mrs. Hahn
Ms. Albrecht
Mr. McKusick


4th graders will be making two bowls this year-- one to donate and one to keep. Their second bowl will use the coil method of handbuilding. It is a fund an fast way to construct something out of clay.

4th Grade Native American Unit


There is a rich history of art making in the Native American tribes throughout America. We will look at two art forms from Minnesota Tribes.
The Parfleche is a type of carrying case that was used by tribes like Lakota, Cheyenne.
A Winter Count is a visual record of events that have happened.  It uses symbols to show these events. The 4th graders will create their own symbols to highlight their event.

Minneapolis Art Institute Native American Collection

4th Grade Still Life


Still life is a great way to practice observational drawing and composition. We will look at the work of Paul Cezanne and then students will draw from a still life in the room. They will use color to build up value and show form.

4th Grade Minnesota Mammal


Students will draw a large Minnesota mammal in its environment and color it with watercolor.

In-Between Lessons

What if your child finishes their project early?? They can free draw or try an In-Between Lesson

Piet Mondrian Collage

A knowledgeable fourth grade student:

          Demonstrates skills using materials, techniques, and visual art concepts

                •  explores the media/techniques of tapestry weavings, architectural models, coil pottery, pastels, figure drawing, landscape painting, and computer graphics

                •  uses contour line to show volume

                •  understands the principles used to create the illusion of depth

                •  mixes and uses complimentary colors (bright to dull)

                •  understands and uses the concept of positive and negative space

           Describes, analyzes, and evaluates works of art

                •  describes and analyzes images seen in art work

                •  understands that art is made by people for different purposes

                •  understands that artists get their ideas from many sources

                •  reflects upon the artistic process (i.e. gather ideas, develop skills, plan/design, create,

                  refine, critique)

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

           Relates art to history, culture, and other disciplines

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

                •  identifies works of art from other cultures and periods of history

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