5th Grade

Silhouette Cityscape Paintings:

Fifth grade students are studying cityscapes in art.  Students will learn how to blend tints of tempera paint colors to create a gradation of color for the background.  Then they will use black and white tempera paint to create a silhouette painting using New York City as their theme.  Students are encouraged to find their own image of New York City as the inspiration for their painting.  Extra credit opportunities to extend students' knowledge are listed below!!!
Extra Credit work may be submitted on paper in class or via email to ewine@schools.nyc.gov  All work must include your name and class.

Option 1: Use the Power Point to Compare and Contrast Photos with Paintings
Click the link below to view the Power Point we viewed in class. Closely examine the photograph and painting on slide 15.   

NYC Silhouette Painting Power Point

Write a paragraph to compare and contrast the photo and painting on this slide.  Use the questions on this slide to help you reflect on the topic and complete your response.  Use art vocabulary. 

Option 2: Looking at Other Cityscape Silhouettes

There are many ways to create silhouettes of New York City.  Look at the examples of the different artworks below.  Which one is your favorite and why do you like it?  How do you think the artist made it?  Write your answers and make sure you use art vocabulary.

Option 3:  Creating a Traditional Silhouette
The traditional portrait silhouette became popular during the late 18th century.  Artists would cut a profile (side view) portrait of a person on black card stock.  Portraits were then mounted on a pale or white background.  The traditional silhouette portrait artist could cut the image free-hand  (without drawing it first) and quickly (within a few minutes).  This style of artwork originally developed as a cheap alternative to the "portrait miniature," a small painted portrait.

Try creating a silhouette portrait of your own.  You can create a self-portrait or portrait of someone else.  You do not have to do it in the traditional free-hand style.  You might begin by cutting out a profile picture and tracing it on black paper before cutting out the final silhouette.  You could also try tracing the shadow of someone else's profile on black paper and then cutting it out.  Mount your silhouette on white or colored paper.  Place your name and class on the back of your artwork before submitting it. 

Previously This Year...

Andy Warhol Inspired Drawing Series
Drawing with Stencils

Fifth grade students are studying the works of Pop Artist Andy Warhol.  Students examined a variety of Warhol's works to discover how he created unity by repeating images and colors in his screen prints.  They also discussed how he treated images of celebrities in a similar way to that of objects that were massed produced.  

For this project, we are borrowing the theme from Warhol's book, Yum, Yum, Yum. Students are working from observation to create an original stencil of a dessert or popular food items. Stencils will be repeated three or four times in the style of Warhol's screen prints.  Students will use neon pastels to add color to their drawing, repeating colors to create unity in their work.  
Look below for home link options that you can do together as a family or that students can do on their own.  Submit work to Mrs. Wine by the end of the unit to earn extra credit.

Option 1: View the Power Point we discussed in class.  As a family, discuss what you see in Warhol's work.  Use the questions on the slides to guide you.  Write a paragraph to discuss something you have learned about Andy Warhol's work.  Place your name and class on your paper and submit it to Mrs. Wine in class.

Option 2:  Look at the images of desserts by Warhol.  Create a contour drawing of your favorite dessert.  Work from observation.  Find a picture of a dessert in a magazine or online.  Even better...draw from a real dessert! (Then you can eat it when you finish the drawing!!!!)  Use a pencil, black pen, or Sharpie to create your contour drawing.  Add color in the style of Warhol using marker, colored pencil, or crayon.  Place your name and class on the back of your drawing and submit it to Mrs. Wine in class.

Option 3: Wayne Thiebaud is another artist who is well known for his artworks using dessert as a theme.  He is an American painter who was born in 1920 and grew up in California.  Look at some examples of his works.  Write a paragraph to compare and contrast Thiebaud's works to those of Warhol. Make sure you write your name and class number on your paper.  Submit it to Mrs. Wine in class.


Paul Klee Inspired Cityscape

Fifth grade students are studying the cityscapes of abstract artist Paul Klee.  Students are working from observation to create an abstract drawing of New York City.  Then students will experiment with different watercolor techniques and different color schemes.  Finally students will add watercolor paint to their abstract cityscape drawing.  Look below for home link options that you can do together as a family or that students can do on their own.  Submit work to Mrs. Wine by the end of the unit to earn extra credit.

Home LInk Option 1: View Power Point from class.
Sit together as a family and look at this power point.  Students should be able to explain the basic concepts of Paul Klee's abstract cityscapes that we have discussed in class.  Answer one of the questions from the presentation in a complete paragraph.  Place your name and class on top of the sheet with the paragraph and submit it to Mrs. Wine in class.  OR....you may type your answer and send it to Mrs. Wine at ewine@schools.nyc.gov.  Make sure to include your name and class on emailed response.

Paul Klee Cityscapes Power Point

Surrealist Drawing Inspired by Marc Chagall

Fifth grade students are studying the art of Surrealist Russian painter Marc Chagall. Students looked at a variety of paintings by Chagall to develop a list of characteristics of his works.Students will be challenged in this project to create their own unique drawing using their own personal memories, dreams, and stories from their cultures.  The elements of art including line, shape, value, and color will help students create emphasis and balance in their compositions.  

Look at the options below and choose one to complete for extra credit.

Option 1:  Review the Power Point presentation.  Students should be able to review the artworks on these slides and explain the main characteristics of Chagall's work.  To earn extra credit students either need to answer two questions from the slides or complete the creative writing piece where they are asked to write a story to go along with one of the paintings.  Students are reminded to place their name and class on their responses.  Written responses may be submitted to Mrs. Wine on loose leaf in class or emailed to her at ewine@schools.nyc.gov

Marc Chagall Power Point

Option 2:  Examine the works by these other Surrealist painters, Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte.

Mae West by Salvador Dali

The Son of Man by Rene Magritte

Compare these two Surrealist paintings to the works of Marc Chagall.  What common features to they all have that you think makes them a part of the Surrealist style.  Write your response in a paragraph and submit it to Mrs. Wine to earn bonus points toward your art grade.  Do not forget to write your name and class on your response.  You may write your response on loose leaf and give it to Mrs. Wine in class or email it to ewine@schools.nyc.gov

Option 3:  Create an extra Surrealist style drawing on your own.  Please draw on unlined paper. (Copy paper is fine.)  You may work together as a family, or students can complete the drawing on their own.  Add color using the material of your choice.  Make sure you are using personal memories, dreams or stories from your culture to develop your ideas.  Use the elements of art to emphasize the most important objects in your drawing.  Place your name and class on the back of your drawing.  Submit your drawing to Mrs. Wine in class to earn extra credit points for your art grade.

Painting by Marc Chagall


  1. Which of these on the page is your favorite? Why do you like it? I am always curious to find out what inspires my students!!