Crafts for the Fifth Grader (and maybe some other grades)
I teach an after school art club at school for grades 4 and 5 and also teach grade 5 every day at a very at risk school. These craft and art ideas are aimed at Grade Five and lower.
Love these chalk pastel birds! From the site: "With the visual help of black/white drawings of birds (which I found in a reference book), the children drew their sketches with black oil pastel. After coloring with chalk, a final tracing of oil pastel gave the picture the finished look. Most important step, by the way!"
1st Day: Talked about Kandinsky Abstract art and each child traced three circles and layered them for the giant tree. 2nd Day: Followed step by step directions to draw tree trunk on Black paper and cut and glued onto color of their choice 3rd Day: Traced smaller cirles (8 times each size) and cut 4th Day: Glued cicles in layers, glued on tree, added glitter, and used markers covers to print circles in background! They turned out amazing and lots of comments at school on the large tree! :)
3-D 3-5th grade Color Stick Drawings to teach negative & positive space. Draw your animal with soap on black canvas (blk gesso on canvas will work), then use color sticks to color in, wash off the soap w/water leaving the blk negative lines....now surprise your kids w/3-d paper glasses to watch their work in 3-D!