Fourth Grade Gallery

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Modigliani Inspired Portraits

Students learned about the portraits of Amedeo Modigliani an Italian artist who worked primarily in France. He lived from 1884–1920. He became known for painting elongated mask like portraits. He also painted the eyes in an interesting ways often leaving them blank, unfocused, or by painting them a solid color.

Students used oil pastel to draw a portrait in this style. They used themselves as modelsin the observational planning stage. Some dressed in costume, and others worked from photos to add time appropriate accessories. When the drawing was complete students coated it with modge-podge to seal and protect the oil pastel.

Figure Sculpture

After learning the proper proportions of the human figure students were introduced to the sculptural work of Giacometti. Alberto Giacometti was a Swiss sculptor who lived from 1901-1966. He was best known for his bronze figure sculptures that were extremely thin and elongated.Students modeled their sculptures after his. They made an armature from aluminum foil and wrapped it in plaster craft. Once they applied several layers of the plaster material it was left to cure for a week. The children then painted their figure sculpture with bronze color tempera paint to complete the look.

Aboriginal Painting

Students drew traditional Australian/Aboriginal animals in an x-ray view as they imagined it might look. Then they painted the animal with tempera paints. In each “bone” the children painted complex patterns. The background was drawn and colored with oil pastels. Lastly, the students outlined each area with colored yarn.

*This is a variation of a lesson adapted from fellow art teacher Ray Henry

Inspired by Blue Willow Plates

Students made decorative line paintings on the vase based on Blue Willow pottery originating in England and derived from an older Chinese pattern. Their floral painting is a combination of imaginative and observational images.

Flying Bird Sculptures

These sculptures are made of alumnium. Each is made in three parts, the body, wings and tail. The metal is embossed with patterns and then colored with permanent marker. Lastly the wings and tail are crimped and glued to the body.