5th Grade Nature-Inspired Paper Art

5th graders made some beautiful nature-inspired sculptural paper masterpieces! Planting seeds of creativity and watching our art gardens grow this year! The goal of this project was to show movement with their piece, but also to evoke a sense of nature. The paper pieces are mainly just hearts cut out and left folded in half to create dimension, but they give the feeling of leaves, butterflies, moths, flowers, water, wind etc.


Books! (Creativity and Art Making)

Drawn Together is about a grandson and his grandfather connecting through drawing because they do not speak each others’ language. Beautiful illustrations by the man that brought us The Adventures of Beekle!I definitely want to read Willow to my classes this year. It’s about a girl who brings her uniqueness, creativity, and kindness to the art room!A girl and her grandfather paint together learning about mixing paint and how to use her imagination after she makes a wavy purple line. A girl is chosen to make a painting for the school art show, but she just doesn’t know where to start. It’s all about starting with one simple idea.


Looooves this project I did with 5th grade! I was taking an Art of Education painting class and made painting that eventually led to this lesson. Students drew their dragons, rolled out their first color using sponge rollers to create texture. Then, we painted a second color over the background and used a fork to scratch away color which left such cool patterns and texture. Students also used paint and oil pastel to fill in the small details. We splattered painted at the end for the final touch!

Here are the steps below from my painting…

Castles and Knights

The 4th graders just finished their castle and knight projects, and I love them! They first designed their castles and painted them with watercolors. Then, they used aluminum foil to create armor for their knight. Students used black paper and a pencil to make a simple stick figure to map out the proportions of their knights. Then, they cut out foil and used glue stick to add it on top of their stick figures. Leaving a little bit of black space between to show the definition in the armor. We used old CDs and Sharpies to create a shield for the knights. I got glued them with cardboard in between the layers to make it pop a bit. The students could have done it with regular glue, but I was trying to speed up the process a bit. 😁 This was a super fun project, and the students loved the results!