Grade 4

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Expressionist Fear Paintings
The fourth grade students painted Expressionist paintings in the style of Edvard Munch, a Norwegian painter. The students first observed and discussed Munch’s famous painting, "The Scream," and the meaning of Expressionism. They also heard a journal entry of Munch's that was written around the same time as the painting of "The Scream," which many people believe explains the work. Expressionist paintings show emotions through the use of color, brushstrokes, and distorted imagery.

The students then created their own paintings using tempera paint and cray pas, expressing the emotion of fear similar to the The Scream.

Edvard Munch
"The Scream"
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Wacky Wire Faces

The fourth grade students created wacky and funny faces using Twisteez wire. The students learned how to use wire to create artwork that is both sculptural and is able to resemble a line drawing. They were able to observe the wire artwork created by artist Alexander Calder for ideas.
First the students briefly reviewed different kinds of line, such as, zig-zag, curvy, etc. After they were shown basic ways to connect the wire to itself without using any adhesives, the students were asked to figure out ways to create a wacky face. Their face had to resemble a human face, having eyes, nose, mouth, hair, etc., however they were free to make the face as wacky and creative as they wanted. The students were instructed to act as though they were “drawing” with the wire and use various types of lines in their artwork to make a more visually interesting piece.

Alexander Calder
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