Projects for early elementary (>3rd grade)

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Designing the Zodiac

Students learn about constellations across many different cultures and create their own constellation and write their own origin story.

Primary Material: Oil pastels, watercolor

Artist, Explorer, Scientist: 

Students learn John Audubon & scientific drawing. They choose an animal, research it, and draw an accurate picture in it’s habitat. They finish by creating prints. 

Primary Material: Pencil, printmaking


Students learn to recognize shapes and types of lines as they design and draw their own superheroes.

Primary Materials: Collage, watercolor

The Secret Language of Objects 

Students learn how objects can represent an idea, or serve as symbols. They use symbols to create an artwork that can tell a story. 

Primary Material: colored pencils

Symbol & Self:

Students create metaphorical self-portraits. 

Primary Material: Colored pencil

Anthropomorphic Animals: 

Students choose an animal, draw it realistically from photographs, and then use the background to show what human traits the animal has come to represent.

Primary Material: markers

A Toy’s Story

Students depict where their toys go in their imagination. 

Primary Material: markers

Dream House:

Students build their ‘dream house’ with blocks, then draw it using observation drawing.  

Primary Material: Pencils, oil pastels

Tiny Still Lives: 

Students build a small sculpture of their choice from recycled materials, then draw it using observation skills on large paper. They finish with paint. 

Primary Material: recycled building materials, pencil, tempera paint

Totem Animal

Students learn about the importance of animals to Indigenous people. They create a self-portrait that uses animals to symbolize themselves and, if they wish, their family.  

Primary Material: tempera paint


Students learn about hybrid creatures in mythology, then create their own. 

Primary Material: Pencils, printmaking 

Persian Miniatures: 

Students learn about Persian Miniatures. They then create an illustration of a story or poem using an engraving technique. 

Primary Materials: markers, crayon, black tempera, engraving supplies (e.g., toothpicks)

Near & Far 

Student artists create a landscape of somewhere they have always wanted to see and visit. They then learn about how color can change the ‘mood’ of a painting. 

Primary Material: collage, pencil, tempera paint

Around the Neighborhood:

Students learn about Jacob Lawrence and the Harlem Renaissance. They make a collage that depicts their own neighborhood, with a focus on color. 

Primary Material: Drawing, Collage materials

Mexican Alebrije: 

Students learn about the history and creation of a Mexican folk art called Alebrije. Students create their own imaginary creatures. There is an emphasis on color choices and texture.

Primary Materials: collage, oil pastel, watercolor

Close Encounters:  

Students study the woman artist ‘Georgia O’Keeffe’. They bring in objects that are special to them and draw them, closely considering their own compositions as they work. 

Primary Material: drawing, watercolor

Enchanted Lands:

Students learn about compositional elements as they create a magical setting that could host fairy tales. 

Primary Material: collage, tempera paint 

Rainforest Creature Marionettes: 

Students learn about animal defense mechanisms and invent an animal ideally suited to live in the rainforst. They create a marionette puppet of their invention. 

Primary Materials: paper towel tubes, tissue paper & glue, drawing

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