Adventures in the Art Room

5th Grade Art Lessons

Please Note: All images seen below are of my students artwork only. These photos/lessons are not posted in any particular order regarding the flow of my curriculum.


5th graders knocked it out of the park with this lesson i’m super proud of their hard work , students really loved it too and couldn’t believe it could be created using just sharpies, and colored pencils. more on this below.

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This lesson took about 5 (40 minute) art classes to complete. 

On day 1: students were introduced to various op art by artists victor vasarely and bridget riley, and learned what op art was (optical illusion art) with a quick slideshow of work. , six straight lines that intersect at the same spot, were drawn ahead of time on 80# 10×10″ paper for each student with a ruler; creating 12 “slices” in total. .

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After kids got their papers, I demonstrated under a document camera as they followed along with me for the first step. 

Students then drew a series of concentric curved lines alternating the direction of the curve within each “slice”. .

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Once finished with that step, students labeled every OTHER slice with a “B” lightly in pencil, to mark that space as black.

This step helps speed things along as kids color in– (just locate the ones labeled “b”), and reduces any potential mistakes while using sharpie. .

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Once that’s all set, students then started tracing over the smallest slices labeled “B” in the center, using a extra fine point Sharpie, (so it wouldn’t bleed too much into the small white sections), then filled in. 

As areas got larger, kids switched to a fine point sharpie, (since it has a thicker tip), and colored in the rest. , these 2 steps took about 2- (40 minute) classes to complete. .

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ON DAY 3, I reviewed the element of art VALUE with students and showed them how to create subtle value changes.

Then i demonstrated the next step —using a black colored pencil in the white areas to create shading and shadows, and a white colored pencil in the black areas to create highlights. , before students started this on their own artwork, i had them practice first on black and white papers. (see pic below).

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I explained to students it’s important to draw the lines close together. 

It’s also key to press harder with the white in the center, and gradually get lighter and lighter as the white gets closer to the edges of each slice, leaving a bit of black showing along the sides. .

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Then, using the black colored pencil in just the white areas, they drew darkest along the sides and gradually pressed lighter and lighter towards the center—leaving the center strip white!

Students loved seeing the 3d effect start to emerge .

This lesson ties in nicely (and is a great precursor) to the grid drawing lesson that occurs later in the year!

Learning Goals:

-Students learn what OP Art is (Optical Illusion Art) 

-Learn about the artists Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley, and their artwork 

-Can define the element of art VALUE and create subtle value changes 


LOVE, LOVE LOVE THESE!! This is a new lesson I introduced this year for 5th grade and it’s definitely a keeper!!  Thank you Painted Paper Art for this wonderful lesson idea!

This lesson took (3)- 40 minute art classes to finish, and incorporates ALL the Elements of Art (value, shape, line, color, form, space, and texture!) Read more below the photos to learn how these were created!

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DAY 1: 

Students created the nest using oil pastels on a 6×6″ sheet of manila tagboard. They drew a large circle with pencil, then chose whatever color blue they wanted, to fill in the background.

They then drew a small black circle in the center, a loop of dark brown around the black circle, then looped various shades of brown oil pastel within the remaining part of the nest, layering as they went around. After that they drew short, curved lines extending outside the nest with brown, to create little pieces of hay or sticks sticking out from the nest.

Students then used various shades of yellow and golds to overlap the brown, until the manila paper was completely covered with oil pastels. As a final step with oil pastels, students used black to lightly draw circles close together extending outward from the center, to create the illusion of space and the nest going inward in the center.

For the last step on day 1, students glued on strips of pre-cut, painted papers all around the nest, to add texture!

DAY 2: 

On the second day of the lesson, students shaped and created 3 eggs out of model magic air dry clay and glued them on in the center of their nests with tacky glue. Then they glued down 8-10 small twigs using tacky glue to add even more texture to their nests! (BTW- Twigs were collected while walking my dog in the park on a previous day. With only 7 more art classes remaining before summer break, (although it might have been fun), I didn’t want students to spend an art class searching around the school for them!!)

These were all set aside to completely dry in Mason paper box tops until the following week!

DAY 3: 

Students painted their eggs using liquid tempera (students could choose from a variety of blue/ blue-green paints).

They had the option to then add spots of white and brown speckles using the end of a paintbrush handle.

Students did a wonderful job creating their beautiful bird nests and eggs, I couldn’t WAIT to hang them all up!!!!

I hot glued twigs to create their sign and added some colorful cupcake liners for flowers!

To see step by step photos of the process, search in my blog posts “Mixed Media Birds Nests-5th Grade”

Students can define and point out the 7 Elements of Art used to create their nests

Students can define mixed media and use various art mediums to create a work of art

Students can create a sense of depth within their nests using oil pastels

  GRID DRAWING -Inspired by Chuck Close

The goal of this lesson was not only to develop skills in drawing, focusing on  line ,  shape  and  negative space , but also to develop an understanding on  proportion  and  value  (the range from light to dark).

5 th  graders learned about the photorealist painter/photographer Chuck Close and looked at a variety of his large-scale paintings done using the grid method.

Students then chose a picture from a selection of 8×10″ black & white photocopied images. These images were originally printed on 8.5″ x11″ regular old printer paper, then cut down to size with no white borders.   To do this, I printed selecting “scale to fit” and then selected “fill entire paper” on my home printer after finding images online and saving them to my computer. Once printed, there will be a slight white border which then gets cut off using a paper cutter since they needed to be 8×10″ anyways). I had about 10-15 of each image stacked in piles, set on a long table. Students were called up in groups to select an image to draw from. You’ll notice some of the grid drawings below have white borders, from when I taught this lesson a couple of years ago–but it makes things a lot less complicated if you get rid of them.

5th graders carefully  measured  and drew a 1” grid on the image using a ruler, numbered each square, then drew the same exact  grid  on a piece of 80# 8×10″ drawing paper. These two sheets of paper HAVE to be the same size. EVERYONE should have 80 boxes total whether it’s a horizontal or vertical image. I explain to them, if they stop and double-check their numbering every once in awhile, it helps save a lot of erasing, re-numbering and  especially frustration later on.

What’s also really important here is that they need to start using the ruler in the same spot as they did on the black & white image (starting at the top and working their way down drawing lines vs. starting along the bottom and going up- or starting along the left going to the right, rather then right to left etc.) . I say this because even though it’s an 8×10″ and they shouldn’t need to worry since they should all be squares, BUT inevitably the “ruler” is off a smidge or the way they draw their lines is a teeny bit off. So, because of this tedious part of the lesson, there might be a row of boxes that are a bit narrower than the rest in one area along the edge of the paper. This is totally fine, as long as the skinner row is in the same location on both the drawing paper AND the black & white image.

Ugh…I’m tired just typing all that. I know it’s a lot of things to consider, but I had to mention it.

Students then carefully drew what they saw square by square, one at a time, drawing just the  contour lines , until their drawing was complete.

On days three-seven of the lesson, students used their knowledge of  value,  and were challenged to copy the value changes within each square, using a variety of drawing pencils (2B, 3B, 4B, and 6B). Students also learned how to use a special blending tool, a  tortillion , (or blending stump),  to create soft transitional lines, and soft values. They also learned about  kneaded erasers;  how to twist them into a fine point to create highlights, and how they can be used to lift small amounts of graphite from the paper where needed, to lighten the value.

**This lesson is both a bit long (takes usually 6 or 7 40 min. classes!) and challenging. BUT, students really do love it and most students stay engaged and want to complete it. In the beginning of the lesson when I show them previous student examples and explain what we’ll be doing, they all look like a deer in headlights! But after explaining and demonstrating step by step, and getting the grids drawn, they’ll tell me how it’s actually not as hard as they thought, enjoy doing it, and are thrilled with their hard work!! I am always truly BLOWN AWAY by how AMAZING these turn out! Take a look below

– Understand what grid drawing is and make connections between math and art

– Can define the term value and demonstrate how to create value changes in artwork

– Develop drawing skills focusing on line, shape, negative space, and proportion

– Can define and create contour lines

– Demonstrate various shading, blending and highlighting techniques by using a variety of drawing pencils, tortillions, and  kneaded erasures

– Learn about the artist Chuck Close and his photorealist paintings created using the same grid method

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Although not finished- just look at those eyes!!!

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 Thank you Laura ( ) and amymcreynolds (Instagram) for the inspiration!

Finished artwork is 9×12″ with an 11 x 14″ white paper border hot glued to the back.

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Here are some close ups!

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This 4 day ( 40 min. each class) art lesson focuses on 6 of the 7 Elements of Art; Form, Line, Shape, Color, Texture, and Value.

We used white Modelite modeling material, printmaking with bubble wrap, splatter painting with watercolors, liquid tempera paints to paint the flowers, bubble wrap and flower’s stems and leaves, railroad board paper, 80# white drawing paper, and scissors and glue sticks to create these mixed-media flowers.

Students each received a small cut section of Modelite modeling material to make 5 flowers. This air hardening, super soft material is SO easy to manipulate and shape. If you’ve never used it, it’s very similar to ModelMagic. I found that (4) 8 ounce packages are more than enough for 1 class of about 25 students. I put each section in a plastic ziplock baggie ahead of time so they wouldn’t dry out and make passing out the materials for class easier. Then I just reuse the bags for the next class.

I demonstrated under the document camera ways to create a few different flowers, but students could make any kind they wanted.

Students rolled a small chunk of material into a small ball, about the size of a ping pong ball, then flattened the ball with their palm a bit (to about the thickness of an oreo cookie. Then used scissors to make cuts towards the center all the way around, then cut small triangle sections out from those cuts to separate and create the flowers petals. From there they used their fingers to shape and point the ends if they wanted, or leave them more straight on the ends. The leftover clay from the triangle cuts were balled up to make the flowers center. Other small balls of material were made into tulips, circle “button” flowers, and daisy’s and many other fun creative flowers!

Students could create a variety of 5 flowers, or they can all be the same flower!

Flowers were stashed away to dry until the next art class (I see each class once a week). To completely harden it takes 72 hours.

Students painted their flowers with liquid tempera paint. I put the paints in ice cube trays as seen below to separate colors. What a game changer!!! I had never thought of using these until THIS YEAR?!? Super cheap to buy at the Dollar Tree (pack of 2 for $1)!

Students could paint their flowers any colors they wanted! Kids started on the petals first, leaving the center last, in order to hold them down while painting. They rinsed their brush well in water and wiped on a paper towel between changing colors. Kids did a great job of keeping the colors clean! Trays were covered in tinfoil and stashed away until the next class.

Students created 2 different painted papers for their table and vase. First, they created a print using bubble wrap. They painted the bubble side with liquid tempera and could use any colors they wanted from the trays. Once painted, they laid a sheet of 80# drawing paper on top, rubbed their hands over the paper and then peeled the paper off revealing their print!

Even if the print produced some areas with less color, students could use other sections of their print to cut out and create their tables and vases.

After they printed, they did some fun splatter painting with watercolors on a separate sheet of 9×12″ paper.

Paintings were left to dry until the next class.

On the final day students assembled everything together! To prep, I hot glued all students 5 flowers onto a sheet of 9×12″ railroad board (like bristol board with both sides colored). Teachers out there reading, this took a bit of time (about 1 hour per class of 27 students). I picked out the color for the paper, and had 2 hot glue guns going as I worked, then wrote each students name on the bottom of the paper. After, I placed all their papers with flowers in a large cardboard mason box to disperse in class later.

I demonstrated to students under the doc camera to measure one of their selected painted papers using a ruler. They measured 4″ from the bottom of their 9×12″ sheet, making 3 marks. Then they draw a straight horizontal line using the ruler along those (3) 4″ marks. Then cut along the line and glue with a glue stick and apply to the bottom of their railboard paper to create the table.

Then they choose another section of painted paper to create their vase. I suggested they use both painted papers (one for the table and a different one for the vase) for more visual interest, but they could use the same paper if they really wanted.

I created 4 different vase example drawings and photocopied them on cardstock to use as either a visual aid to observe and draw from, cut out as a tracer then trace on their painted paper, or they could create their own vase entirely. I wanted to offer a variety of methods, and including a tracer was helpful, since getting the sizing right to fit the paper under their flowers might of been a bit tricky.

For a final step, students used 2 different shades of green liquid tempera to paint flower stems and leaves.

They all turned out so lovely! I love the variety of flowers, textures, colors AND unique artistic decisions!!


Students can define mixed-media

Students can apply the elements of art; Line, Shape, Color, Form, Texture and Value in their artwork and explain where they used them within their artwork.

Students learn about and apply various printmaking and painting techniques

Students can measure using a ruler and apply basic math skills within artwork

Falling For Foreshortening 

For this art lesson, students learned about a type of  perspective  called  foreshortening.

Foreshortening is a drawing technique used to create the illusion   where parts of something or someone appear to come out at the viewer strongly, making those areas seem closest to the viewer, and some parts appearing to recede strongly, making those areas seem the furthest away from the viewer.

Students used this technique by drawing a person that appears to be falling backwards into something, with their arms and legs outstretched. They did this by tracing their hands along the top of the paper, and their feet along the bottom of the paper,  leaving space in the middle. They then drew the head, neck, arms, and legs of a person smaller, to create the illusion that the body was further away than the feet and hands. Students were instructed to pay special attention to the soles of their shoes, being sure to add details to make it look like the bottom of their feet. Students could take off their shoes or sneakers to draw from if they wanted to, or create their own details from their imagination.

Students then drew a background depicting what their person was falling into, and colored in using colored pencils. Students were also asked to think about the expression on the face of their person, as well as the direction of the person’s hair, to heighten the  illusion  they were falling.

-Demonstrate an understanding on foreshortening and show this in their work

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Evening Forest Perspective Paintings

Using previous knowledge on creating tints (from 4th grade) and enhancing their knowledge of  perspective  (falling for foreshortening lesson) students first used a blue and white paint palette to create  tints  of blue to create their evening sky.  

First They added white,    little by little to their blue, creating tints of blue, to form each ring starting with blue only from the outside edge. The center was left white to act as the moon in their sky.

Once their painting was dry, students painted cone shapes for trees with black tempera paint.

Branches were then added using smaller brushes and final details (smaller branches and a bird) were then added on the last day with black sharpie.

Students loved this lesson and I thought they came out beautifully!  

Learning goals:  

-Students can define tints

-Students can demonstrate how to create value changes in their work  

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Holiday Lights

Lesson from artwithmrsnguyen

Students did such a fantastic job creating these beauties I can’t help but post a ton!!

Day 1 (of 2) , step 1: draw a wavy line in the middle of a piece of 12×18” black construction paper using pencil. then  go over your line with colored oil pastel (can be 1 color/or a line of a combination of colors).

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Step 2: On a separate piece of black construction paper (cut to 6”x18”) Trace 6 bulbs using a bulb tracer with pencil. (I created these bulb tracers ahead of time from thin cardboard sheets found from the back of printmaking foam board packages-great way to recycle and it’s free!)

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Step 3: Outline each bulb first, using oil pastel, then fill in -pressing hard- so the color is more vibrant. Leave the rectangular base (bulb socket) black. (***I have small scrap pieces of black paper for students to test out colors first- to see if they like the way it looks on black paper -before using on final bulbs)

Then add a small white curved line near the top to make it look like it’s shiny and reflecting light, a “cursive l shape” for the filament near the base, and 4 white straight lines in the bulbs base using a white oil pastel..

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Step 4: Finish the remaining 5 bulbs the same way, using different colors. (If you  want- they can be all the same color or a mix with some the same color)

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Step 1: Trace 6 bulbs along wire line where you want them with pencil using the bulb tracer.

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Step 2: For each bulb tracing on the wire line-using a white CHALK pastel, draw a thick white line just inside the pencil line a bit, on each of the bulb tracings. Do this with ALL 6 bulbs.

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Then, smudge with your finger going outward (going away from the bulb and smudging in one direction) to create a glow effect!

Step 3: then using the same color chalk pastel as each of your oil pastel bulbs—go over the same white line with colored chalk pastel thickly. smudge outward again with your finger. do all 6 bulbs with the chalk on the black paper., (to avoid blending colors, use a different finger for each color when smudging)..

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Step 4: Cut out each colored OIL PASTEL bulb from the 6”x18” strip of black paper.

Each time you cut one out, glue the back of it using a glue stick, and glue down in place over the traced bulb with chalk smudges- (glue down matching each bulbs color with chalk pastel smudges). i have students glue them down immediately after cutting so cut bulbs wouldn’t get mixed up with other students bulbs..

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And there you have it!! So easy and so Fun!!

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Students will use their understanding of VALUE to create the lights rays

Understand various techniques using chalk pastel and oil pastel to create art

Superhero Sketchbook Cover Drawings

For every grade level (1st-5th) I have students create a drawing that gets mounted onto a sketchbook for each student to use throughout the year. The sketchbooks stay in my art room in grade level/ classroom bins. Each grade has a different drawing lesson and creates different artwork from other grades.

To create the actual sketchbooks, students  folded a sheet of 12×18″ 60# paper in half horizontally, for the cover. Students then staple in 12 sheets of pre-cut 8.5 x11″ paper (donated extra long printer paper -8.5 x 14″- Legal size- that I cut to 8.5 x 11″ ahead of time).  * Any left over cut scraps of white paper are then used for other collages/lessons.  Then their drawings get glued onto the cover. 

Great for when kids finish early, plus it keeps all (what usually would be) loose practice drawings all in one contained place.  Students use sketchbooks to free draw in once finished with an art lesson (if they finish early), as well as to practice drawing/plan out their ideas, before doing a final version. 

Growing up, I had sketchbooks and diary’s that I would draw in and I think it’s so fun to be able to look back on something like that. My students will have sketchbooks from 1st-5th grade, a new one every year, to be able to look back on and see /track their own artistic growth throughout the years! Especially fun when you’re older to dig up all your old sketchbooks from your parents keepsake chest and flip through as an adult!  

So for this particular sketchbook cover drawing lesson, fifth graders created a “comic book style”  drawing of their own  unique  superhero.

On the first day of the lesson I showed them a powerpoint slideshow of various comic book covers from the 1950’s onward (they LOVED it and it got them excited to come up with their own ideas!). Before drawing, students first planned out their ideas filling out a worksheet (what was their name going to be? Where did they fight crime?, What was their superpower(s)?, Did they have a sidekick? etc.)  to help with final decisions. On the back of the worksheet students planned out their superhero outfit.

The goal was to use their imagination to draw their own unique superhero in action, demonstrating their superpower(s). They also created a title which included their superheroes name along the top of their drawing. If they chose a sidekick, they had to make sure to show them demonstrating their superpower(s) as well. Students had to design a background as well, thinking about environment showing where they were fighting crime/nemesis.

Once ready to draw, students each had a photocopied packet of various superhero poses and superheroes in action to use a reference when drawing.

We also watched some short video clips on superhero illustrators creating superhero drawings and interviews (Jim Lee, Herb Trimpe, Sean Chen, and one with Stuart Sayger-(on how to break into the comic book industry). You can check these videos out under my Art Video section!

Once finished in pencil, they went over all their lines using a black sharpie, then had the choice of coloring in with markers or colored pencils or both. I urged students who chose colored pencils to press hard to create brighter colors.

Once complete, students then drew a comic strip on the first page of their sketchbook using their superhero as the main character.

Sketchbooks will be used throughout the year to plan out ideas, work on an extension of the current lesson if finished early, experiment and have fun, and to practice drawing.

I love how unique and fun these all are!!

– Develop drawing skills / showing the figure in action

– Learn about illustrating

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I love the contrast these drawings have by using colorful oil pastels on black paper. It gives it such a unique look!

5th graders learned about the life and artwork of  contemporary artist Sandra Silberzweig.

We looked at her paintings and noticed she used  exaggerated facial features , lots of  patterns , bold  outlines,  and that  bright intense colors  were used throughout her  portraits .

Students then came up with their own version inspired by her work. Students paid special attention to the way they drew the eyes, nose and mouth, emulating Sandra’s style. Students could change the shape, placement and size of the eyes, nose and mouth and were encouraged to use their imagination to come up with their own details and patterns within the neck and above the eyes. Students could choose to add details within the cheeks as well.

Students then went over their pencil lines with a white colored pencil, then colored in incorporating at least 4  tertiary colors , but could color in using any other colors as well within their work. The background was left black to show  contrast. Students could choose to outline edges of shapes with white or black oil pastel.

I love how everyone’s portraits are all very different and unique in their own way! I think they’re fantastic!

A huge thank you to Sandra Silberzweig for her amazing and inspiring artwork! And to Cassie Stephens for her lesson inspiration!

Learning Goals: 

-Students can define tertiary colors, and incorporate them in their work.

-Can define the term contrast and use it within their artwork

-Students learn about the artist Sandra Silberzweig and can recognize her work

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For this lesson, 5 th  graders learned about the  element of art “ Value ” (the lightness or darkness of a color /color of something) and how important it is in art.

We talked about how it makes artwork look more realistic and how it is used in drawing to depict light and shadow. When you add  a range in value , (from black to white with shades of grey in between) you are basically adding light and shadow to your art. Incorporating a range in value makes artwork look  three-dimensional.

Students then practiced drawing a  value scale  in their sketchbooks, while observing a handout.  They did the varying value changes by simply pressing harder or lighter with their regular no. 2 school pencils.

We discussed how the exercise is all about comparing the values, which trains the eye to see  subtle value changes . This helps students improve their eye, making them a keen observer and overall, a better artist.

This lesson ties nicely into the following lesson  (Grid drawing ), where students will use their understanding of value to create a drawing of a photocopied image by using the grid method (as seen in the first 5th grade art lesson posted at the top).

– Can define the term value in art

-Can point out value changes within artwork

-Can create various values/ create a value scale

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One Point Perspective Drawings

Students continue to learn about perspective  with this drawing lesson.

For this lesson students learned how to create space and depth to show perspective on a flat 2-D surface by overlapping objects, considering placement of objects on the page, and by drawing objects a certain size .

These drawings illustrate one-point perspective by drawing lines and objects that eventually converge into one single vanishing point .

Can describe and locate the vanishing point within one point perspective drawings

Can create a 1 point perspective drawing using a ruler

Demonstrate an understanding that placement, size and overlapping of objects creates space within artwork

Strengthen drawing skills

Use crosshatching techniques to blend colors

Utilize value (lightness or darkness of a color) to create volume and depth within objects

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“Omit This!” (A fun art version of Blackout Poetry) 

For this fun lesson that combines literature and art, 5th graders were introduced to the author/ cartoonist  Austin Kleon  and his  Blackout Poetry.

Students were then each given three random photocopied pages from a children’s chapter book. I had these photocopies pages stacked in piles (same pages in it’s own separate pile on a table) and then randomly took 3 different pages and paper clipped them. Each student then got their own pack of 3.

Students were instructed to not read the pages, but to just quickly scan the page for words that jumped out at them, catching their attention, then chose one of the three pages to work with.

Students then drew a rectangle around certain words with a pencil to create a poem, phrase, or sentence unrelated (or related) to the content; bringing new meaning to the text. They then went over all the other words they  didn’t  want with a black sharpie.

On a separate paper, 5 th  graders then created a drawing that connected to their poem, and attached the two together. Thank you Austin Kleon  ( for the inspiration!!

I think if I were to teach this lesson again, I would have kids possibly use color to color in their work.

– Make connections between Art and ELA

– Learn about the artist/writer Austin Kleon and his book on blackout poetry  Newspaper Blackout

To make it easier for reading, I included what their text says above each image.

“Colors merging

into the  incredibly brilliant wide plain.

Blending of rose and gold

evaporating into 

shades of blue 

Tip of the sun  sank under the horizon

A rosy fire”

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“Hidden under

her brushes  and paints

the world 


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one thing 

was really important.


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“She  thought about  the time

she  saw the potential” 

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“In her eye

wasn’t a bright light

of fear” 

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“Those sand bones

by the sun 


Everything outside 

incredibly beautiful 

in fire 


with gold hills” 

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This lesson idea is from art teacher Lauralee Chambers @2art.chambers on Instagram

This was such a fun lesson to teach my 5th graders! It took about (3) 40 minute art classes to complete.

We discussed how we would be utilizing the elements of Art; Line, Shape, Color, Texture, and Value to create these paintings.

I gave students a double-sided sheet of various paintbrush drawings to use as a reference while drawing their paintbrushes.

Students drew at least 6 large paintbrushes on 12×18” 80# paper with pencil. In their drawings I asked that the following be included ; at least 2 of the brushes had to overlap one another, at least 2 be drawn diagonally, and at least 1 drawn so the bristles pointed downward. Students could add also their own brush details within the handles.

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Once all drawn in pencil, students traced over their pencil lines with an ultra fine point black sharpie. I showed students how to use the straight edge of a scrap piece of paper to keep their sharpie lines for the bristles from going into their paintbrush handles.

Students finished drawing if needed, then used a black oil pastel to draw a thick line along only one side of each brush. Only on all the brushes left sides or only on all the brushes right sides. Then using one finger gently smudge the oil pastel going in the same direction to create a shadow.

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On the final day students used watercolors to create the splatter effect. I showed them how to use a watercolor brush to apply the paint only halfway up each brush towards the tips, and then add only water on the ends a little to dilute the color and help spread the paint where it meets the paper. Then using a medium sized tempera brush, they dipped into the same paint color and then flicked the bristles close to their papers to splatter. They also used the watercolor brush to splatter paint as well by shaking it or tapping their brush handle against another one.

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I absolutely LOVE how they all came out and students had a lot of fun creating them!


This lesson took about (4) 40 minute art classes to complete.

On day 1 I discussed with students the many different art careers out there available, then showed them a great video on all the different art related careers out there someone could do for inspiration for this lesson. I wish I could just post the video i showed my students for you here, but for some reason it wont let me embed the video from YouTube. If you search ” MHRD – Careers in Art” you can watch it there.

After the video students were shown a huge variety of various contemporary artists in my Google slides. Then, using their laptops, students logged into my art classroom in Google, and were able to review the slides of artists. Each slide showed 1-3 photos of their artwork, and a small description of the kind of artwork they created. I hyperlinked the photo of the artist to either their blog, their website, an article, or to Wikipedia about the artist.

From there, students took some time researching artists that intrigued them, then selected one artist to focus on.

Days 2-4 were spent thinking about that artists style, and/or what materials they used to create their art with and draw a picture related to and inspired by that artists work. Students looked at ceramicists, photographers, painters, illustrators, fashion designers, interior designers, architects, graphic designers, animators, installation artists, jewelers, video game designers, weavers etc. I also wanted to make sure I included just as many female artists as male artists and to include artists from a variety of cultural backgrounds.

Students then drew using pencil, colored pencils, markers and/or crayons.

On the final day, students filled out a sheet with questions on why they chose that artist and what facts they learned about their chosen artist. Students did such an amazing job on researching independently, and coming up with their own creations and drawing artwork inspired by their chosen artist! Students really enjoyed this lesson and I’m hoping doing this lesson will inspire them to research and learn about additional artists on their own time. I wish I took more photos of their artwork, but check out some of their work below!

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Mrs. Filmore. Thank you. I love your lessons and they are so thorough. Question: What brand of oil pastels do you prefer for the classroom. I adopted an art room with a box of mish-mash chalks and I need to invest in a good set in a large quantity. Thanks again.

Hi Renee, thank you! I’ve always ordered Crayola (the classpack – set of 336 oil pastel sticks, 12 colors). I also love Crayola “portfolio series” classpack water soluble oil pastels ; 300 in 12 super vibrant colors. Hope that helps!

Since this lock down I have found some wonderful inspiration from here to share with my kids. Thank you! We made the paper cones today and I have a list of three other projects I want to start with them soon just from your 5th grade section. Thanks for putting this out there! I shared your link with friends as well.

Thank you so much Terri! 😀

Hi Terry! Thanks you so much for all these ideas! It is so helpful for a non-artist like myself. I have a question about the superhero lesson. What is the best place ( or do you have some you could send me) to find examples of the digits on motion that they can use? My email is below and I teach grade 5. I am so thankful for your posts!

Hi, I can share some of the handouts I use once I’m back from spring break!

Do you offer summer virtual art lessons for rising 5th graders?

Hi Kassandra, Currently I do not offer virtual art lessons. Thank you for your inquiry though!

It is awesome

Thank you so much. I am homeschooling this year and the only course without a book for me to follow was ART! Your lessons line up almost perfectly with our curriculum goals for grade 5 so with some Artist research I now have a great plan to start the year with and don’t feel as intimidated.

Love these lessons! Question: what kind of paint did you use for the blue in the evening forest perspective paintings?

And what kind of black markers do you recommend for the “Falling for Foreshortening” lesson?

thanks so much for the ideas, just did a value study and had left over paint, evening forest is a perfect place to use it. thanks.

Awesome!! Thank you! Glad it was helpful for you! Take care!

We are starting Hybrid this week and I wanted something hands-on and fun for students to do as they return to the classroom. Thank you so much for these ideas! Love them!

STARTING hybrid??!!??? Wow. We’ve been in school teaching in person (hybrid) since September! Just last week ALL students are back 5 days a week. I’m so excited for spring break. This has been such a hard year.

These are fantastic! So glad I stumbled across your site! Wondering, what methods of assessment do you typically use for these activities?

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45 5th Grade Art Projects To Bring Out Kids’ Artistic Genius

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June 2, 2022 //  by  Kellie Tanner

Fifth grade is an exciting year! In art class, students are developing more advanced skills. They are learning about the visual arts such as painting, sculpture, and photography. They have fun exploring different cultures, time periods, styles, and famous artists. Through art education provided by parents or classroom art teachers, students will enhance their critical thinking skills as well as their creativity.

The following inspiring artwork ideas will allow fifth-grade students to let their artistic skills shine!

1. Drip Art 

Fifth graders love this art design inspired by Jen Stark, a current Miami artist. You can begin this project with white paper and a black Sharpie marker. A lot of bright colors will also be needed to create this design. Watch this video to learn how to create your own drip art.

Learn more: Art Class with Ms. Ross

2. Op Art  

This Op Art design is in the style of Victor Vasarely. Fifth-grade students usually have a great time with this drawing lesson. To complete this project, watch this video and gather the following materials for class: paper, black marker, pencil, ruler, white and black crayons, or colored pencils.

Learn more: Tracy Nock

3. Paper Lantern

For this fun fifth-grade art activity, you will turn paper into lanterns. These paper Chinese lanterns are a great addition to any party decor. Make these cool papercraft lanterns with construction paper, scissors, and a stapler. Learn how in this step-by-step video.

Learn more: Master Pro Prime

4. Oil Pastel Rainbow Tree

Fifth-graders will enjoy this easy rainbow tree scenery drawing completed with colorful oil pastels. This activity is sure to engage the students while allowing them to practice the art of drawing with oil pastels. The students can easily learn how to complete this project by watching this video.

Learn more: PrabuDbz Art

5. 3D Paper Name Sculpture

Most fifth-graders love art activities that deal with their names; however, they especially love making paper name sculptures with 3D elements. These easy sculptures only require poster board, scissors, glue, and markers. Learn how to create a name masterpiece here.

Learn more: mzlzkidz

6. Kandinsky Dot Tree

The dot tree is a Kandinsky-inspired art project that your fifth-grader will have a blast making. This Kandinsky-inspired project is very inexpensive to make and only requires construction paper, glue, and scissors. This video includes detailed art lesson plans for this bold piece.

Learn more: Ms. Lumpkin's Art Room

7. Abstract Splatter Paint Art

Your fifth-grade student will learn a brief history lesson about Jackson Pollock and abstract art in this video. This fifth-grade art idea is tons of fun, but it is also extremely messy because it requires splattering paint speckles all over paper or an art canvas.

Learn more: Doodles and Scribbles

8. Lighthouse Scene

A lighthouse scene is a great activity for students. To paint lighthouses requires your fifth-grader to focus on the directions explained in this video. The finished artwork can be framed and displayed in your home once it is completed.

Learn more: Let's Make Art

9. Graffiti Name Art

Fifth-grade students will enjoy this fun lesson that involves using their names in an art design. This video includes a graffiti lesson plan that provides step-by-step directions for creating your very own graffiti masterpiece.

Learn more: Ehlke Art

10. Chalk Pastel Fall Leaf

Your fifth-grader will get the opportunity to color with chalk when creating this awesome project. Begin with black construction paper, colored chalk, and a leaf template. These beautiful pieces make a wonderful fall decoration. This video will explain how to create one of these art pieces in minutes.

Learn more: Claire Holdridge

11. 3D Color Wheel

This 3D color wheel sphere art uses paper plates, paint, and paper clips for teaching about tertiary colors. This 5th-grade art lesson is perfect for teaching how the intense colors of the spectrum relate to one another. Learn how to create this 3D masterpiece by viewing this video.

Learn more: Kidspot

12. Andy Warhol Pop Art

Fifth graders will enjoy learning about the creative artist Andy Warhol who was well-known for his pieces of pop art. Students can create these masterpieces individually or as a collaborative project. To learn more about how to make this creation, watch this video.

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13. Clay Coil Hearts

This fun clay project is a great activity for fifth graders. Students will learn about the tedious process of making and firing a clay piece as they enjoy creating this cute coil heart project! Watch this fantastic art project tutorial to learn how to make your own.

14. Japanese Notan Art

This fifth-grade art project focuses on positive and negative space and looks best on black paper. You will also need a 6 x 6  piece of colored paper, scissors, and glue to complete this Japanese art project. This video provides you with step-by-step directions for completing this fun project.

Learn more: Your Creative Avenue

15. Shade a Sphere with Chalk Pastels

Color chalk pastels are used for this awesome blending activity. Fifth-grade students will learn how to shade a sphere as they create their own unique sphere masterpiece. Your young artist can learn blending and shading techniques in this great tutorial.

Learn more: Marie Davison

16. Still Life 

This awesome art project teaches fifth-graders the importance of the element of art value and how to incorporate it into their work when painting still life objects. This activity will provide creative classroom fun that will keep students engaged. View this video to learn how to complete this project.

Learn more: Amazing School - 5th Grade

17. Yayoi Kusama Inspired Art

This art project is inspired by the contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama. She is a Japanese artist that is known for her artwork that features lots of dots. The dots and vibrant colors definitely gain the attention of fifth-grade students. Your students can learn more about Yayoi and her art in this video.

Learn more: Color My Monday

18. Georgia O'Keeffe Flower Project

This beautiful flower art project is inspired by the work of Georgia O'Keeffe. This project teaches students how to blend with chalk and one's fingers; therefore, students will need a paper towel to wipe their hands once they complete their beautiful flower masterpieces. Learn how to complete the project with this video.

Learn more: PAWS Art Program

19. Tiger Drawing

Fifth-grade students can create this amazing tiger drawing on printer paper or construction paper with colored pencils, markers, or paint markers. The lesson inspiration for this project is the artist Dean Russo. Check out this video for step-by-step directions for creating your own tiger drawing.

Learn more: Cassie Stephens

20. Vincent Van Gogh Sunflowers

This video includes information about Vincent Van Gogh as well as provides a tutorial on how to create a sunflower drawing inspired by the work of Van Gogh. Your fifth-grader will find great interest in this flowers art project!

Learn more: Art with Mrs. Hutton

21. Op Art Worm Tunnel

This activity is the perfect project for fifth-graders. The only supplies needed to create this project are printer paper, a Sharpie marker, a pencil, and colored markers or colored pencils. You can use any color scheme you choose as you create this optical art activity. Learn how here.

Learn more: Purple Bananas

22. Abstract Color Wheel

This fun fifth-grade art project is inspired by the artist Sonia Delaunay. Students will love the bright colors of the abstract color wheel. However, you can use any combination of colors you choose. To learn how to create this abstract color wheel, view this video.

Learn more: Mr Mac Art Teacher

23. Origami Frog

This origami frog project is lots of fun for fifth-grade students. They will love making this cute frog. All you need is a square piece of paper to complete this project. If using printer paper, you will need scissors, so you can cut it to the correct shape. Watch this video to learn how to make your own origami frog.

Learn more: Mr. Eck's Art Room

24. Op Art Hand

Your fifth-graders will have a blast creating this op art hand project. The video also includes information about the important elements of art line and color. It is a great lesson about the principle of pattern, design, and movement.

Learn more: The Art Teacher

25. Kaleidoscope Name

This fun project will allow your fifth-grade student to create a kaleidoscope using their name. It is a great project for teaching the following elements of art: shapes and colors. Balance is the principle of design for this project. Your student can learn to create his own name kaleidoscope by watching the step-by-step directions in this video.

26. Contour Line Sneaker Drawing

Your fifth-grader will enjoy creating a contour line sneaker drawing from one or two of his old sneakers. This fun project allows your student to use his imagination and creativity skills as he completes this project. View this video and follow the step-by-step directions.

Learn more: Angela Rossi

27. Dragon's Eye

In this lesson, your fifth-grade student will learn how to draw a close-up view of a dragon's eye. This art project also focuses on creating value in the dragon's eye as well as the scales that surround the dragon's eye. Learn how to complete this fun drawing here.

Learn more: Alyssa Manning

28. Quartz Crystal Cluster 

Your fifth-grade student will use their knowledge of geometric and organic shapes to create the quartz crystal cluster drawing. The supplies needed for this project are very inexpensive. You can view this video to learn how to create this fun and engaging drawing.

Learn more: Art with Ms. G

29. Skyscraper Perspective

This is a terrific art lesson for teaching perspective to your fifth-grade students! They will have tons of fun as they create their very own cities. They can follow the step-by-step directions that are in this great tutorial video.

Learn more: Art Land

30. Mandala Art

Your fifth-grade student will love this fun mandala art drawing activity that teaches them about symmetry. They can be creative and use a wide variety of colors as they create this art project. To learn how to create this Mandala art masterpiece, watch this video.

Learn more: EART 303/331

31. Ted Harrison Inspired Landscape

This landscape art project is a terrific project for fifth-grade students. This drawing technique is inspired by Ted Harrison and allows your student to practice their creativity. They can also use any color combination that they choose. Learn how to create this Ted Harrison-inspired project by watching this video.

Learn more: Leigha Pehlivan

32. Desert Scene

This desert scene is an inexpensive art project that your fifth-grade student will enjoy as they learn how to create their very own desert scene. Make sure you have printer paper, a pencil, eraser, pencil sharpener , and colored pencils. Watch this step-by-step tutorial to learn how to create your very own desert scene.

Learn more: Leslie Autery

33.  Sacred Patterns and Geometry


This mandalas project will help students practice shape and form while also introducing them to the concept of special geometric patterns from around the world. It’s a great way to learn about different cultures while also relaxing with an expressive project.

Learn more: Artful Artsy Amy

34. Food Journal


This project is aimed at helping kids be healthy and creative. Students make a booklet with the nutritional information for their favorite foods. They should design and illustrate the booklet in a way that makes it easy to use. Then, they can use it as a reference for healthy eating outside the classroom!

Learn more: Crayola

35. Design Special Shoes


This activity helps incorporate sports and other special activities into the art class. Students will design a shoe that is both lovely and practical for the sport or job that it accompanies. It’s a great way to discuss form, function, and the importance of both.

Learn more: The Art of Education

36. Visual Idioms


This digital project is a great tie-in to the English class. Students choose a popular idiom or saying, and then create an image of the idiom’s literal meaning. It’s a great way to help students think about their own language from a different angle or to explore idioms and common phrases with English language learners.

37. Symmetry with Insects


This activity highlights the principle of form, especially as it relates to symmetry and proportion. Students draw half of an insect, then fold the paper and trace the other half. Then, they decorate their bugs, being careful to keep things symmetrical!

38. Cactus Pot

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With this activity, students practice still life drawing with a prickly subject. They can also create some extra details to express the ideal cactus. Even with undesirable traits, it has an ideal form! It’s a great chance to talk about the underlying concepts of ideal form.

Learn more: Sharp School

39. Cameo Pendant with a 3D Printer


This project is a great way to introduce kids to 3D design thinking and printing . They’ll also get to learn about silhouettes and the historical and contemporary examples of this great art. It’s a fun way to bring tech into the art classroom!

40. Harvest Skies with Van Gough


In this activity, students recreate a scene with the style and technique of Van Gough’s “Starry Night.” Using oil pastels and paint gives them the freedom to play with the colors, forms, shapes, and textures. It’s also a great way to introduce the concept of medium.

41. Foxes in the Snow

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This activity is great for introducing the concept of light and shadow to your 6th graders. It’s also a fun way to explore mixed media creations. Thanks to the snowy background and the bright red fox, it’s the perfect project for a chilly winter day!

42. Arts and Crafts for Justice


This lesson focuses on the importance of artivism and craftivism throughout modern American history. It highlights quilting and other “domestic” crafts that people use to tell stories and raise awareness for important issues. It’s definitely a great way to get your 6th graders talking about social justice!

43. Sports Puppets Gloves


Kids will have fun building a sports team with a glove puppet. Using clay, they make the equipment and jerseys for a team of five, and then they can dress up each finger of the glove as a different athlete. You can even organize mini tabletop sports for the puppets!

44. Ceramic Paint Palettes


This project is great for the beginning of the year because kids can use their palettes throughout the school year for all of their painting activities . It’s also a great way to promote ownership and participation in the art course. This way, art class isn’t just another way to fill the time, but it actually becomes a meaningful part of their overall education.

45. Inukshuk Stone Statues


This 3D project requires some balance, and it’s a great opportunity to let students explore First Nations and Native American cultures. Provide white stones and a safe and open space to communicate, and you’ll be impressed by the figures and forms that your students end up creating!

Closing Thoughts

These 32 art project ideas for fifth-grade students will keep them engaged for hours. Their exposure to various elements and principles of art will impact their art skills as they grow and develop as artists. They will also be exposed to a variety of different artists and designs that will influence their creativity for years to come.

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Inside every kid lies the heart of an artist.

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Fifth grade art students are starting to master more advanced skills and techniques, and the work they create is really something to be proud of. These project ideas will expose them to new artists and concepts and help them find the creative artist within!

1. Illustrate your name

Student names with each letter an illustration that describes the student (Fifth Grade Art Projects)

This is a perfect project to kick off the school year. Kids illustrate their names with items that fit their style and personality. It will help you get to know them and assess their art skills at the same time.

Learn more: In Art We Trust

2. Take inspiration from Andy Warhol

Slice of pizza illustrated in six different colors, in the style of Andy Warhol

Warhol’s pop art is so much fun to explore and emulate. Your fifth grade art students can pick any object they like for this colorful activity.

Learn more: Elements of the Art Room/Andy Warhol Inspiration

3. Craft LEGO minifig portraits

Colorful blocky portraits of fifth grade art students drawn in the style of LEGO minifigures

We all know kids (and adults!) love LEGO. That’s what makes these portraits so cool! Kids draw themselves as minifigs, starting with basic shapes and adding details as they go.

Learn more: Art. Eat. Tie Dye. Repeat.

4. Design Jasper Johns numbers

Numeral three with various shapes and patterns in the style of Jasper Johns

This is one of those activities with such impressive results that you’ll be amazed it can be done by fifth grade art students! Take a look at Jasper John’s number paintings, then use stencils and rulers to create your own incredible designs.

Learn more: Art Room Blog

5. Hang 3D color wheels

Collage of paper plates colored, folded, and glued to make 3D balls (Fifth Grade Art Projects)

The color wheel is a basic art concept your students have probably mastered by now, so take things a step further by crafting 3D color wheel spheres instead! This is an easy project that requires nothing more than paper plates, paint, and paper clips.

Learn more: Art Room 104

6. Assemble Picasso relief portraits

Picasso-style portrait of a girl made with pieces of colorful cardboard

Picasso’s mind-bending works stimulate students to look at the world in a whole new way. This cardboard relief portrait is all about deconstructing and reassembling to find a new perspective.

Learn more: tinyartroom

7. Decorate pretty paper lanterns

Rectangular paper lanterns illustrated with Japanese-style art

Hokusai’s woodblock prints are the inspiration for these paper lanterns. Use watercolors to create soft images, then fold the paper into lanterns to hang from the ceiling.

Learn more: What’s Happening In The Art Room?

8. Sketch 3D cone drawings

Series of cones emanating from a central perspective, sketched and shaded in black and white (Fifth Grade Art)

It may look complicated, but this fifth grade art idea starts with basic concentric curved lines that any student can draw. The magic comes when you fill in with Sharpies, then shade with colored pencils.

Learn more: Art With Mrs. Fillmore

9. Illustrate onomatopoeia words

Fifth grade art students holding illustrations of the words Sam, Crack, and Zap

Calling all comic book lovers! Students will get a real kick out of illustrating action words inspired by Roy Lichtenstein.

Learn more: Jamestown Elementary Art Blog

10. Fold origami dragon eyes

Purple paper eye folded out of paper and colored

Teach students to illustrate an eye, then fold a simple origami shape and add dragon scales for a paper craft that’s like no other.

Learn more: Elements of the Art Room/Dragon Origami Eyes

11. Fashion clay coil designs

Clay art pieces sculpted from coils in bright colors (Fifth Grade Art)

The coiling method of ceramics is really accessible for everyone. Though it’s often used to make pots, we love how it works for these colorful coil sculptures too.

Learn more: Mini Matisse

12. Cut out positive negative collages

Abstract black shapes on purple paper

Explore the concepts of positive and negative space with this cool paper craft. Kids will have to be very careful as they cut, so their reflections are exact.

Learn more: Zilker Elementary Art Class

13. Paint snowy pastel mountains

Pastel colored mountain range with bare trees, created with watercolor resist method (Fifth Grade Art)

The watercolor resist method is an eternal art room favorite. It’s terrific for creating a snowy winter scene with dreamy watercolors and stark bare trees.

Learn more: Primary Art

14. Draw Zentangle initials

White letter T surrounded by a variety of black and white patterns

Zentangles have become popular in recent years as a way to relax and de-stress. Teach students how they work, building designs around the negative space of their initial.

Learn more: Miss Young’s Art Room

15. Create 3D paper name sculptures

Colorful paper letters cut out and stacked

This sculpture project requires your fifth grade art students to tap into their engineering skills too! They’ll have to figure out how to balance their letters in a way that’s pleasing to the eye but also stable enough to stay in place.

Learn more: Mrs. Yang’s Art Room

16. Parody American Gothic

Collage of drawings parodying the painting American Gothic (Fifth Grade Art)

Grant Wood’s  American Gothic is one of those iconic paintings everyone knows. That’s what makes this parody project a real hoot! Kids re-create the painting with a new pair of main characters, showing that art definitely has room for humor.

17. Construct mixed media bird nests

Bird nest painted on paper, accented with twigs and clay eggs (Fifth Grade Art)

There are so many details in these cool bird nests that you’ll just want to stare at them for hours. Start with a painting, then add 3D elements like twigs and clay bird eggs.

18. Try direct drawing with Jim Dine paintbrushes

Drawing of various types of paintbrushes, splattered with paint drops (Fifth Grade Art)

This pop art project starts with a directed drawing lesson, as kids learn to create the various paintbrushes. Then they add color and paint speckles to bring the piece to life.

Learn more: Elements of the Art Room/Jim Dine Inspired Paintbrushes

19. Study form and paint lighthouses

Black and white lighthouse standing on a beach with a watercolor pastel sky

Review terms like horizon and background with these soft lighthouse landscapes. Use white crayon on black construction paper to add depth to the lighthouse itself.

20. Shade spheres to make plants

Collage of planets drawn and shaded in chalk pastels on black paper (Fifth Grade Art)

Chalk pastels are wonderful for helping students work on blending and shading. Use photographs of planets to inspire their work.

Learn more: The Learning Tree

21. Blend oil pastels into sunflowers

Wilting sunflower drawn with oil pastels on black paper (Fifth Grade Art Projects)

Here’s another awesome blending activity, this time with oil pastels. Kids can draw sunflowers with true-to-life colors or use their imaginations to create any color scheme they like.

Learn more: Expression of Imagination

22. Layer a window scene

Paper cat looking out a window at a castle and other items (Fifth Grade Art)

Build this piece from the background up, layering window frame and sill over the landscape and finishing with a cat enjoying the view.

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23. Weave paste paper patterns

Student weaving together two pages painted in different patterns (Fifth Grade Art)

Start by mixing paint and paste to create a thick mixture to spread on paper. Then create patterns with your fingers, a fork, or any other object. Finish by cutting one page into strips and weaving it into the other.

Learn more: Ms. Amsler’s Art Room

24. Explore one subject in three styles

Painting of a cat divided into three parts, realistic, abstract, and non-objective

Combine multiple art styles in one awesome project. In the center, students draw their subject realistically. On either side, they draw the same object in abstract and non-objective forms.

Learn more: The Art of Learning

25. Sculpt Georgia O’Keeffe flowers

Clay flowers sculpted in the style of Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe’s huge brilliant flower paintings practically seem to leap off the page, so they’re ideal as inspiration for this fun clay project.

26. Use a grid to help you draw

Photo of a dog with a superimposed grid, next to a drawing of the dog using a grid (Fifth Grade Art Projects)

For kids who feel overwhelmed by drawing, try the grid method. Break a drawing into grid sections, copying each section one at a time. It makes a big project seem much more manageable.

27. Write All About Me squash books

Folded paper squash books hung along the wall (Fifth Grade Art)

This is part fifth grade art project, part writing project. Kids fold paper using a bookmaking technique called “squash books,” then write and illustrate the sections to tell all about themselves.

Learn more: Art Is Basic

28. Reflect beautiful banyan trees

Colorful banyan tree reflected in water made using oil pastels

Banyan trees are works of art in themselves, so they’re sure to inspire your students to create beautiful pieces. They can show the trailing roots reflected in water or imagine them underground.

Learn more: ARTipelago

29. Color graffiti break dancers

Collage of colorful stick figures dancing in the style of Keith Haring (Fifth Grade Art Project)

Keith Haring’s vivid graffiti style is instantly appealing to kids, so they’ll enjoy creating their own break dancing scenes. All you really need is paper and markers for this quick project.

Learn more: Deep Space Sparkle

30. Dot Kusama-style pumpkins

Collage of paper pumpkins in dot patterns in the style of Kusama

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama made incredible art using only dots of different sizes. Challenge your students to do the same with these clever pumpkin prints mounted on stencil-rolled backgrounds.

Learn more: Art Room Britt

Now that you’ve sparked their creativity, keep things going with these 50 Fifth Grade Creative Writing Prompts .

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Jill Staake is a Contributing Editor with WeAreTeachers. She has a degree in Secondary English Education and has taught in middle and high school classrooms. She's also done training and curriculum design for a financial institution and been a science museum educator. She currently lives in Tampa, Florida where she often works on her back porch while taking frequent breaks for bird-watching and gardening.

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Here is a fun 3-d project I did with my 3rd-5th grade classes as an asynchronous (at-home) art project. We have been hybrid for a little while and some of my classes are still fully virtual. I have been giving out asynchronous assignments and then having 1 live (either in person or virtual) art class per week as well. I found this handout online from Shoshy Art, which inspired this project. I created a step-by-step video for my students. Here … Read more… →

Notre Dame Watercolor and Ink Drawings

Notre Dame Watercolor and Ink Drawings

My 4th/5th graders learned about the artist Mr. Doodle and watched several videos of him doodling. You can see his artwork on his Facebook page. We talked about emphasis and the focal point and how to make the main image the largest. All of the supporting doodles would be smaller and surrounding the image. Take a look at some of the doodle art my 4th/5th grade students made after being inspired by the work of Mr. Doodle.

Sharpie Drawings on Tin Foil

Sharpie Drawings on Tin Foil

My students and I recently made two colorful artworks for our school fundraiser. We painted a stool with acrylic paints. I had kids from grades K-3 come up two or three at a time to take turns painting the sections. After the base layer was dry, we used magazine cutout words to decoupage the stool. Black sharpies were also used to outline and accent the edges. Students in grades K-3 helped with this project and I had some older kids … Read more… →

Fall Still Life Paintings with Kids

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My third, fourth and fifth grade students just finished up these gorgeous fall still life paintings. Over the years I have built up a collection of fall decorations, artificial leaves, pumpkins and gourds.  I also brought in some real pumpkins and gourds as well.  If you want to do some seasonal art and still have solid art standards covered, observational drawing is always a good go-to lesson. For this project, we talked a little about arrangement and composition, which usually … Read more… →

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I love this lesson!  I teach about contemporary artist Justin Vining and the kids explore the qualities of watercolor pencils to create their own whimsical landscapes. You can see artwork from another year at this blog post. You can read my interview with Justin Vining here. I even got this lesson published in a magazine! Here are some of my 4th/5th grade students’ artworks from the end of last year. When teaching this lesson, I show the students some YouTube … Read more… →

Getting to Know You Activity: Art History Folded Petals

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Art History Folded Petal– Getting to Know You Activity     This is a fun and educational “Getting to Know You” activity I did with some classes last year.  I have these art history folded petal templates in my shop. On one side are artworks from art history with a little prompt.  For example, Dog Lying in the Snow, by Franz Marc.  The prompt is “Draw a favorite animal.  On the reverse side of the folded petals, the students draw … Read more… →

Children’s Mural at Church about the Beatitudes

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I realized I never posted pictures of our finished mural at church.  I’ve been so busy with end-of-the-year stuff for school. I worked on this mural all year with the 4th/5th grade Sunday School class.  It is 4 ft x 8ft. These were the best kids to work with! They had great ideas, were mature and got along so well! The process was a long one, with a few mistakes along the way.  We started by getting plywood for our … Read more… →

Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes- Drawings & Sculptures

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What could be more fun than fairy houses and gnome homes?  I don’t know, but let me know if you find out!  I’ve discovered that kids love 1) Open-ended projects  2) Getting to choose from a huge pile of random, colorful materials  3) Miniature things   4) Using their imagination.   This project is a winner for all of these reasons. I saw a question on an art teacher Facebook group which reminded me of this project my 4th/5th grade students did … Read more… →

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Two and a half years ago I posted this lesson about using Frank Stella’s artwork as inspiration for children’s drawings.  I love Frank Stella’s work.  After visiting an art museum and seeing an exhibit of the progression of his style, I was hooked.  It is so fascinating and there is a lot to look at.  The sheer size of these prints are stunning. In case you haven’t figure out by now, my favorite style of art is BUSY, abstract, super … Read more… →

All About Me Foldable Squash Books

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One of the first projects my 4th/5th grade students created this year were personal “About Me” folded squash books.  The kids were introduced to a simple foldable bookmaking technique and then they personalized them with drawings and collages about themselves.  Each section of the book had a prompt to get them started. I showed them a video demonstration of how to assemble the book and I provided square templates printed on card stock.  Both the video, templates and instructions are … Read more… →

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Here is our list of the 10 best 5th-grade art projects for the classroom or home .

Oil Pastel Art Projects For 5th Graders

1. Eight Easy Oil Pastel Art Projects For 5th Graders

Looking for fun and interesting Oil Pastel 5th Grade Art Projects ? Look no further! Here are a few ideas to get you started.

The 5th-grade students will really enjoy the use of oil pastels to create fun, engaging, and easy rainbow tree drawings. This activity will ensure to engage the students for hours! By teaching them the ideas behind the practical experience by drawing art using oil pastels.

The students will need a white gel pencil, masking tape, an HB pencil, and a 9B pencil to complete this art project . These oil pastel classroom activities will teach students the art of using colors and sketching. Also chalk pastels are another great 5th grade art project!

Op Art

2. Introduce Your Students To Op Art

Op Art is a type of art that uses optical illusions to produce strange and beautiful patterns. 5th grade students can create their own Op Art projects by using various mediums, such as paint, paper, or digital media. Here are some ideas for 5th grade Op Art projects:

Op Art is an engaging and learning 5th-grade art project that will teach kids engaging artwork by using the efficient principles of art. Through these projects, the student will learn the basic principles of design, line art, and 3d art projects.

Teachers can help students in these projects in the classroom where they will learn the lessons of using efficient design principles.

3-D Color Wheel

3. Fifth Graders Explore Color Theory With the 3-D Color Wheel

Looking to spice up your 5th-grade art projects? Check out the 3-D Color Wheel! This fun and the creative project can be used for a variety of lessons, including math, science, and history. Plus, it’s a great way to teach kids about color.

This art project lesson can prove to be perfect in helping students in the classroom by teaching them the relation of intense spectrum colors with each other.

Helps students in the classroom by engaging them to create an art project with a 3d color wheel. They can add these projects to their collection at home. Continue reading to browse 5th grade art ideas.

Animal Drawing Art Projects

4. Fifth Graders Will Love These Animal Drawing Art Projects

This animal drawing 5th-grade art project is a great way to teach your students about perspective and how to create a believable portrait . The lesson plans include instructions on how to draw the different parts of an animal, as well as tips on how to create realistic fur details.

Students will love creating these animal drawings and learning about perspective while they are at it. This is a great project for beginner artists or anyone who wants to learn more about how to draw animals realistically.

Art projects at school can help the kids use their imagination and realize it. This classroom project will help students in using proper colors and paint.

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Still Life Objects for 5th grade art projects

5. Fifth Graders Explore Still Life Objects

Still Life Objects is a great 5th-grade art project for teaching about composition and perspective. The lesson plans below are art standards that can help you create a fantastic still life.

This visual arts project can help students in using their imagination and observation of real-life objects. Learn to fill colors , and create art out of them by sketching.

This fifth-grade art project at school will provide the students with creative and engaging classroom fun at school.

Op Art Hand Projects for 5th grade art project

6. Op Art Hand Projects

Op Art Hand is a great 5th grade art project to use if you are looking for something fun and different to do with your class. This project is perfect for both practicing your observational skills and creating visually stunning pieces of art .

There are many different ways that you can complete this project, so it can be tailored to fit the needs of your art classroom. Simply choose a few Op Art Hand techniques to focus on during the lesson, and let the students loose!

Furthermore, this 5th grade art will teach the kids about the grid method, usage of art lines, creating patterns, design, and movement.

Fifth-grade students can find this project really helpful in building their skills by drawing the Op Art Hand. This drawing can help students in building imagination , to draw 3d art projects a,nd efficient use of colored pencils.

These projects can also be assigned to the students for homework where they will be taught to create this artwork by watching step tutorials on social media platforms, like YouTube. This in turn will also help teach the students the positive use of social media.

Nature Drawing for 5th grade art project

7. Nature Drawing Art Projects

Nature Drawing is a popular art class for 5th grade students. This nature drawing lesson plan will help you create an pop art project that your students will enjoy.

The lesson plan includes key concepts, step-by-step instructions, and ideas for completing the project.

In this nature drawing lesson plan, you will learn how to:

Children are keen observers of their surroundings. One major part of these surroundings is nature. Fifth-grade kids can draw sketches of trees, the sky, and oceans in a fun and engaging way.

They can merge their art projects with the art lessons of the teachers by creating an engaging art of nature. The teachers can use this 5th-grade art to teach the basic art to the kids with this perfect project. 

Portraits for 5th grade art project

8. Using Portraits To Teach Children About Composition

Portraits are a great way to teach 5th grade art students about perspective and composition. By creating a series of portraits , your students will learn how to create a well-balanced image that looks realistic. Here are some project ideas for 5th grade portraits:

Music Art Projects for 5th grade

9. Music 5th Grade Art Projects: Teaching Music with Art

Music has always been an important part of our lives. It can provide a sense of joy, peace, and relaxation. It can also be a powerful tool for communication and expression.

Art is a great way to teach music to children. By using art projects, teachers can create interesting lessons that will teach children about music. Here are some ideas for music 5th grade art projects:

Seasonal Art Projects for 5th graders

10. Seasonal Art Projects That Will Keep Your Kids Engaged

In the fall , students learn about seasons. They can learn about different colors and shapes that are associated with each one.

In the winter , they can create art projects that depict scenes from nature such as a snowman, a tree, lanterns, or gingerbread houses.

During the springtime , students can make art projects about flowers and trees.

The summer months bring sunshine and fun with projects like making boats out of recycled milk containers or creating paintings from popsicle sticks.

The autumn season is all about harvesting leaves and creating artwork with them.

This is an excellent time to teach children how to use different colors to make beautiful paintings or sculptures.

How To Set Up A 5th-grade Art Lesson

How To Set Up A 5th-grade Art Lesson?

Assuming you would like tips for setting up a 5th grade art lesson, here are a few ideas to get you started.

The materials you’ll need.

When it comes to fifth grade elementary art, there are a few key supplies that are needed in order to complete most of the art lessons. These simple supplies include:

With these supplies, fifth graders will be able to complete a variety of art projects that focus on different elements of art.

Choose an engaging art style.

In a fifth-grade art lesson, students are often asked to work on an art project together. However, each student has their own unique style.

It’s important to consider the different styles of each student and give them the freedom to move around as they work. This will allow them to create their own unique piece of fifth grade art.

Utilize the elements of art.

When planning your lesson, be sure to incorporate the elements of art: line, shape, form, color, value, texture and space. Doing so will help create a well-rounded and engaging lesson for your students.

Preparing the space.

Think about the Art Room Setup. The physical setup of your art room can also impact the overall lesson. For example, if fifth graders are going to be working on a painting project, make sure they have enough space at their individual desks.

The lesson plan.

Teaching fifth-grade art requires careful planning and creativity . The 5th Grade Art Projects should be based on the student’s interests and abilities. The teacher should also take into account the time available and the materials needed to make awesome art.

How to plan your 5th grade art projects fall?

How to plan your 5th grade art projects fall? Assuming you have a few ideas in mind already, here are some tips on how to plan your 5th grade art projects for fall:

List 5th grade art projects for winter

There are many art projects that fifth graders can do during the winter season. Some project ideas include:

graffiti Art lesson plan for 5th graders

Why add graffito or graffiti art to your lesson plan?

There are a few reasons why adding graffito/graffiti art to your lesson plan can be beneficial. For one, it can help students to express themselves creatively.

It will help them explore different forms of self-expression. Additionally, it can also help to teach students about different cultures and how to appreciate art in its many forms .

Tips for grade 5 art project ideas

There are many different art project ideas that can be used for a grade 5 art project. Here are some tips to help you choose the right project:

Frequently Asked Questions

Discover the answers to all your 5th Grade Art Project questions! Learn about materials needed for class, awesome project ideas and how to get them designed. Get ready to make something amazing!

What are some simple 5-grade art projects?

Some simple 5-grade art projects could include still life drawings of fruit, landscapes using different mediums such as watercolors or oil pastels, and portraits.

Students could also experiment with mixed media projects by combining different materials such as paper, fabric, and paint.

Who should design art projects for 5th grade?

Art projects for 5th grade should be designed by a qualified art teacher. The teacher should be familiar with the developmental level of fifth graders.

Also be able to create projects that are both challenging and age-appropriate. The projects should also be aligned with the fifth grade curriculum so that they can help students learn and remember important concepts.

How to do 5th grade art projects for spring?

You will need the following materials: construction paper, crayons, markers, scissors, and glue. First, decide on a project theme. Next, gather your materials and create a project outline. Lastly, follow your outline to complete your project.

What are some art and craft projects?

Some project ideas include making cards, scrapbooks, ornaments, and wall hangings. With a little creativity, almost anything can be turned into a work of art.

What is art?

Art is a form of expression that can take many different forms. It can be something as simple as a drawing or painting, or it can be something more complex like a sculpture or performance.

Art is often used to communicate ideas or emotions, and it can be a way to express oneself.

What are some art activities for elementary students?

One activity is to have students create a piece of art using only a limited number of colors. This can help them to learn about color theory and how to mix colors.

Another activity is to have students create a piece of art using a variety of textures. This can help them to learn about different textures and how to create them. What better place than in a classroom environment?

What are the topics in arts to teach fifth graders?

Art topics include art history , different types of art (painting, sculpture, etc.), and famous artists.

How do you entertain a fifth grader using art?

To entertain a fifth grader using art you must have them create their own art. This can be done with crayons, markers, paint, clay, or any other materials you have available.

Another way is to take them to an art museum or gallery. You can also look for kid-friendly art activities online.

How does 5th grade art help the students?

5th grade art helps the students by teaching them to be creative and to think outside the box. It also helps them to express themselves and to communicate with others.

It helps students build one point of perspective. Teaching them the importance of art can help them in their grade level.

Can play a role by creating a generation where they can encourage a fifth-grade student to become an artist.

Art class shapes a student in a way that can bring hope of new emerging talent into the world of art.

Wrapping Up 5th Grade Art Projects

In conclusion, these 5th grade art projects are perfect for getting your child’s creativity flowing. They are simple, yet effective and can be done with minimal supervision. So go ahead and give them a try!

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