Elementary Art – Grades 3-4-5

"The important thing is to CREATE." Pablo Picasso

Grade 4 in the Art Studio


Grade 4 delightful artists started their first rotation for art with a lot of excitement. The students demonstrated their artistic skills while creating a cover for the art journals, representing themselves in unique styles.

In the first unit, we learned about line (gesture lines, flowing lines, contour lines, shading lines) and perspective (vanishing point, horizon line, one-point perspective). The students have been very busy working on their project with one-point perspective.

Our next project is connected with the Unit of Inquiry “Innovation and UAE History” and the grade 4 artists are excited to expose to view how Dubai changed over the years.

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Literacy Month: Book Illustration Art!


Grade 4 Students putting the finishing touches on their book page-inspired Book Art.  During Literacy Month, students selected a book with beautiful illustrations (many of them Caldecott Metal winners), analyzed the illustration using the Elements & Principles of Art, and are in the process of creating an art piece inspired by their favorite page.  We are thrilled at the results!  Look for a Book Art Display in the 2nd floor hallway coming soon!

Color Theory Dress Down Day: Thursday January 26th


COLOR DAY @UAS!   All Elementary Art students (KG2-Grade 5) have just finished up a Color Theory Unit in Art.  To celebrate this great color learning, the Art department is holding an optional UAS dress-down day THIS Thursday.  Students (and staff) may dress in any color scheme: primary colors, complementary colors, monochromatic, rainbow spectrum, secondary colors, value (shades of black/white), tint/shade, etc.   Students (and staff) who dress down are expected to be able to explain their “color scheme” when asked.  

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Grades 3-4-5 Art Projects (displayed & coming home throughout the year)


Please note: Grades 3-4-5 will not be showcasing all their artwork at the end of the year as in past years (Arts Alive), so it is important to stop by UAS throughout the year to view student work each trimester.  Next showing for Grade 3 will be Batik-inspired watercolor paintings, to be displayed in February.  Next up for Grade 4 will be their Logo Artist Study projects, to be displayed sometime in March.  Grade 5 will also have another showing in April.

Grade 4 students will be bringing home two pieces of art on Tuesday: Monochromatic U.A.E. inspired paintings and Skyscraper Line drawings.  Both pieces were displayed at UAS during trimester two.

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Grade 5 & 4 Art Displays


art-showGrades 4 and 5 will both have Art Displays in the upcoming weeks.

All Grade 5 Self-Portraits will be displayed in the Grade 5 Hallway and Ground Floor Lobby from Wednesday, November 23 through December 15.  These were quite a process!   The pencil portrait work is astonishing and the collage pieces are filled with artistic elements and abstract interpretations. We are hoping all parents can see the work on their way to parent conferences.  Students will be able to bring their piece home on December 15th.


Grade 4 Clay Tiles & Sculptures will be displayed in classrooms this week during parent conferences – students can take their sculptures home at that time.  Grade 4 Skyscraper Line Drawings will be displayed in the UAS Ground Floor Lobby in combination with Grade 10’s recent Dubai-themed art work from November 28 through January 8.  Students will be able to take their artwork home the week of January 8.

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Grade 4 Skyscraper Line Drawings


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Grade 4: Skyscrapers! bring a photo on your device 9/25-9/28


Grade 4  Students are drawing a famous skyscraper for their art sessions this week.  I have suggested that they find a picture of their skyscraper online and save it to their device (or print it out at home).   Students will be encouraged to bring either their device or a picture of their selected skyscraper to Art class (students will be expected to follow the same appropriate device use policies while in Specialist classes)skyscraperss.

4DM – Monday & Tuesday

4SD – Tuesday & Wednesday

4SR – this Tuesday & next Tuesday (no school this Thursday).   

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Grades 2-3-4-5 Rules for Success in Art


Mrs. Hemstead’s students in Grade 2 and up received this document in order to achieve success in the Upper Elementary Art Studio.  Students will be expected to follow these guidelines while in Art.

studioPlanning For Success In Art

I agree to . . . remain in my assigned seat unless accessing supplies-seats will change about once per month, each table will have a person designated to get/return Art Journals.

 . . .come into the studio quietly (0=silent) and with an art-mindset.  Use the first 5 minutes to review your current project and/or free sketch in your art journal -often there will be instructions on the board for studio work.

. . . work at a 0=silent or 1=quiet voice. Art is often a personal, thoughtful process.  Respect others’ personal space and quiet thinking time.  Sometimes, we will listen to calm music.

 . . . always use the “Art Path” to move around the room.

. . . always use a Bathroom/Clinic pass and sign out sheet.

 . . . use the last part of class for reflection and studio clean up.  Be principled! Everyone is responsible for cleaning up the studio.  Be helpful! Help others clean/put away any art supplies.

 . . . always put your name on your work, like an artist. At the end of each class, work will either be turned in or on the drying rack.   If you finish early, you may select from the ‘Grow As An Artist’ activities.

. . . be respectful of others’ ideas and do not touch other people’s art projects without permission.

 . . . devices are useful for artist/methods research, viewing famous artworks, and digital art projects.  You may be asked to bring your device to art class.  Devices will be left on the side shelf.  Wait until Mrs. Hemstead gives permission before using your device.

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Grades 3-5 First Units Overview


artArt classes are well underway in the upper elementary hallway!  I have really enjoyed seeing familiar faces and getting students set up for creative success in Art.

We are starting our units in collaboration with grade-level Inquiry topics, here is an overview of the grade 3, 4, & 5 Art Units.


Grade 3:  Study of Native American Totems. Inquiry Unit: symbols.  Students will explore elements of art/sculpture/relief, use of art to communicate ideas, and the context of when/where an art piece was created.  Student projects will be the creation of a class totem pole using paper, paint, mixed media.

Grade 4:  Study of Architecture/Skyscrapers.  Inquiry Unit: systems.  Students will explore elements and principles of art: line, shape, space, unity, pattern, emphasis, balance, & proportion; Historical implications of skyscrapers/architecture of Dubai.  Student projects will include a skyscraper piece inspired by illustrator Marz jr.

Grade 5:  Study of Portraits.  Inquiry Unit: expression.  Students will learn basic portrait techniques utilizing elements/principles of art: line, shape, color, texture, space, value, variety, unity, balance, & proportion.  Student projects will include both a self-portrait and a character portrait related to an original narrative story, influenced by da Vinci/Rembrandt (early) or Pam Hawkes/Chuck Close (modern).

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