April 19th, 2014

Northshore School District
Visual Art Objectives
Fourth Grade

The student will be able to:


  1. Identify and use examples of complementary colors.
  2. Explain and demonstrate how primary colors are used to produce, through selective mixture, the total range of colors found on the color wheel.
  3. Identify a monochromatic color scheme.
  4. Identify and demonstrate how lines create movement and illusion of space (i.e., near/far, increase/decrease).
  5. Identify form as something that has thickness, substance, and body.
  6. Identify and distinguish between two-dimensional shape and three-dimensional form.
  7. Use shape to create movement.
  8. Identify continuous and alternating pattern networks.
  9. Understand and use vocabulary relevant to fourth grade art curriculum (e.g. complementary, monochromatic, artificial).


  1. Verbalize awareness of front, back, and sides by analyzing and describing a completed sculptural form.
  2. Perceive objects from various points of view (i.e., from below, above, inside, or outside).
  3. Distinguish between natural and artificial textures and identify examples of each.


  1. Realize the relationship of art to the appearance and function of a community.
  2. Assess the aesthetic qualities of the community environment.
  3. Identify major careers related to art (i.e., architect, printer, graphic designer, sculptor, weaver, craftsman).
  4. Recognize through the study of related art works how artists use the elements and principles of design emphasized at this grade level.


  1. Hypothesize ways of changing and improving the aesthetic quality of environment in the classroom, school, or community.
  2. Recognize how design affects the appeal of products and environment.

Northshore School District
How Children Grow In Art
Fourth Grade

Knowing what young children are like, what their special interests and needs may be, are
important requisites for successful teaching, but a basic understanding of what children do
naturally in art as they draw and paint is just as crucial to the essential encouragement of their
creative growth. The children’s graphic potential, the richness and complexity of their imagery,
varies with the stages of their physical, mental, physiological, and sociological development.
Some children may have had preschool experiences in working with art materials, others may
have had limited creative opportunities. Some youngsters may have developed a keen interest in
some particular phase of their environment, for example, in horses, cars, trains, bikes, birds,
rockets, insect, rock or shell collections, and their observations will often distinguish their
artwork from what they know best and what they are most sensitive to, or affected by. It is often
possible for the discerning teacher to discover through their art what they respond to in their
environment and what their attitudes, values, and feelings about life may be.

Characteristics of Fourth Grade Children:

  • Have improved eye-hand coordination
  • Have better command of small muscles
  • Are becoming aware of differences in people
  • Begin to set standards for themselves
  • Are learning to be responsible, orderly, and cooperative
  • Begin to form separate sex groups
  • May join gangs or cliques
  • Enjoy comic books and magazines
  • Are growing in self-evaluation and evaluation of others
  • Are now able to concentrate for a longer period of time
  • Are developing a growing interest in travel
  • Are interested in the life process of plants and animals
  • Are developing a sense of humor
  • Are avid hobbyists and collectors

In Art, Fourth Grade Children:

  • Begin to draw and compose with more conscious, deliberate planning, striving for more realistic proportions.
  • Begin to create space and depth through use of overlapping shapes.
  • May now select and arrange objects to fulfill the compositional needs.
  • May in some instances introduce the horizon line to show distant space.
  • Now draw distant objects and figures smaller as well as higher on the page.
  • Make repeated efforts to show action in their drawings of people and animals but are often handicapped by technical shortcomings in their inability to master relative proportion and foreshortening.


Element Print Print
ColorLa Grande JatteRetroactive 1
LineStreet in SuburbsBroadway 1936
ShapeLe Jour 
TextureThe GoldfishHarvest Scene
3DForever FreeRanchos Church
CompositionStarry Night 
Visual AwarenessThe Ballet School 
UnderstandingPainted Shield 
ClayRanchos Church