4th Grade Lessons
The Artist and the Landscape
My name is Carrie Goe-Nettleton, Art Educator at the Yellowstone Art Museum. I am an experienced classroom educator who is certified in K-12 art education. I created these lessons to be directly connected to the art in the Online Art Suitcase. They are all aligned to the National and Montana Visual Arts standards. All lessons include a list of materials, detailed procedures, and tips for setting up for art making in your classroom. They all begin with guiding questions using Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) that will assist you in talking about art with your students. You can access each lesson here or by clicking on an image of the art on the home page.
Landscapes with Colored Pencil
Lesson Overview: Students will create their own landscape including a foreground, middle ground, and background. Using colored pencils, students will work to create the illusion of depth in their drawing and to tell a story about the place they are creating, including details that reflect their own identity.
Mixed Media Imagined Landscapes
Lesson Overview: Using simple, light weight, found objects –string, buttons, paper clips, popsicle sticks, etc. –students will create their own abstract landscape of a place that is important to them.
Inspired by Sound
Watercolor and Ink Radial Design
Lesson Overview: Starting with a circle, students will create a work of art that is inspired by the sounds of a powwow. They will discuss the use of shape and line to create balance, repetition and symmetry.
Lesson Overview: Students will create a print inspired by animals. They will discuss the use of positive and negative space in printmaking and will use cardboard to create the printing plate.
Nature Tessellations with Watercolor Pencil
Lesson Overview: Using and exploring watercolor pencil techniques, students will make a four piece tessellation using line, shape and pattern to create a repetitive work of art that is inspired by their surroundings.
Narrative Art with Oil Pastels
Lesson Overview: When the Queen Goes Out, I Like to… -Students will write and illustrate their response using oil pastels. Students will be asked questions about the color wheel, color mixing, and complementary colors and the way that they are used in Sheila Miles’ work. This lesson will incorporate writing and art.