If you’re in fifth grade, your art class likely is one of your favourite subjects. After all, who doesn’t love creating their masterpieces? But it can be difficult to know what exactly to do in an art class.
Art is indeed a bit more complex than writing and arithmetic. And, it’s hard to understand what else to do in an art class other than creating. But don’t be discouraged! Even though it can be difficult, you can do plenty of things in class besides create your artwork. This article will discuss how you can take on some of the most common art projects your teacher might have you do. But first, let’s look at the different types of projects available for fifth graders.
30 Creative Fifth Grade Art Projects
1. Illustrate Your Name
This project is a simple one. You have to illustrate your name as if it’s an illustration in a book. First, you’ll need to draw letters of your name in a signature style. Then, fill in the letters with color and texture. If you’d like, add elements such as patterns or symbols related to your names, such as a cute animal or nickname. And then, you’re all finished!
2. Take Inspiration from Andy Warhol
The Andy Warhol Museum is a great place to start when looking for ideas. Go on an art walk and explore studios and collections that are inspiring to you. You can also look at artists’ books, similar to illustrated books but feature a comics-style format inspired by comics.
3. Craft LEGO Minifig Portraits
You know they’re not just bricks if you’ve ever played with LEGOs. You can build anything with LEGOs. It’s a great way to express yourself in art! Take pictures of your favorite characters, and then use them as a basis for making LEGO minifig portraits. You can even combine LEGO minifig portraits with other fun art projects.
4. Design Jasper Johns Numbers
Jasper Johns and his wife, Helen, designed an inventive way to represent numbers. They called it “Concrete Painting,” Another artist even wanted to call it “Concrete Numeral Decal,” but Johns himself thought that using numbers on paint was too weird!
5. Hang 3D Color Wheels
This project is a little bit more complicated than others, so you might want to get some help if you have trouble with it. All you need is paint and a canvas that you can use to hang your finished artwork. Soak the canvas in water before painting it, so it can stretch and mold to your desired shape.
6. Assemble Picasso Relief Portraits
Picasso was considered a master at creating 3D artwork. Many of his paintings were portraits, and some were so detailed that they appeared to be sculpted reliefs! This cardboard relief picture is about disassembling and reassembling to get a fresh perspective.
7. Decorate Pretty Paper Lanterns
This is one of the most decorative art projects we’ve seen! It’s a great way to use the cut-outs of your artwork to create beautiful lanterns. It’s also a great project for those who love accessorizing. You can decorate your lanterns with tassels or beads and even add some flowers or candles inside!
8. Make Your Book Covers
Making book covers is an informative and creative project for fifth-grade kids. It can be a fun way to learn about creating graphics and working with different types of art materials. The most common type of book cover is a hardcover, and this project can help you explore that option.
9. Make a Card Collage
This is a pretty generic project, but it’s worth noting because it’s one of the most common art projects used in schools today. The project comes from an art teacher’s idea to make collages using student-made cards like paper. So, if you have many handmade cards, you can use them all to make a collage. You’ll just need to figure out how to arrange the cards.
10. Do a Book – Themed Puzzle
This is one of the easiest art projects you could ever do in fifth grade! All you need is a book and glue! If you’re unfamiliar with puzzle books, they’re collections of pieces that fit together to create a picture depicting the book’s theme.
11. Sketch 3D Cone Drawings
You’ll need a pencil and a compass for this project. Start by drawing the biggest circle you can on a piece of paper. Then, use your pencil and compass to draw smaller circles inside the bigger one and smaller circles inside the smaller ones. Next, add in some dots to represent the points where all the circles intersect. The easiest way is to make small holes with an ice pick or knitting needle. And then, you’re done!
12. Illustrate Onomatopoeia Words
This is a fun and creative art project. The word onomatopoeia means “words that sound like what they describe.” This can be used to make completely creative and unique works of art! You can use lettering or paint to create your words. You can even take it further by creating an illustration that incorporates the word or drawing.
13. Fold Origami Dragon Eyes
Origami is one of the most popular artistic mediums in the world. It’s a fun and easy way to create fantastic art! All you have to do is make squares or hexagons and then fold them carefully into the shape of an eye. This can be used for many other origami arts, so be sure to try different designs!
14. Fashion Clay Coil Designs
This is a fun art project to do with your family. It’s something that anyone can try without any prior artistic experience, and you can make so many different designs. Make the coils out of colored clay, then glue them together. Then paint the coil designs with paints or markers until you’re satisfied. You can even turn this into an art project by decorating the coils with gold leaf or glitter!
15. Paint Snowy Pastel Mountains
This snowy mountain painting is a great way to get into more detailed art. The combination of different colors, textures, and layers is perfect for making a very believable picture. The best part is that you can add as many mountains, clouds, animals, and trees as possible!
16. Make Beautiful Calligraphy Prints
Calligraphy is an ancient practice of writing beautiful words with a fancy font. This can be used to create captivating pictures out of swirls and amazing big letters. You can paint calligraphy on paper or create a larger picture using your words.
17. Draw Zentangle Initials
Zentangle is a type of drawing art that involves grids but not too many complicated rules. You can make your Zentangle lettering look as great as possible if you pick the right font. You can use graph paper to create these elaborate and beautiful designs!
18. Create 3D Paper Name Sculptures
This is a fun art project because you can make a sculpture out of paper. You can use any type of paper, but it’s best to use thicker paper than regular printer paper. Then, you can simply assemble the pieces and paint them for an amazing 3D picture!
19. Parody American Gothic
Parody American Gothic is a fun tribute to the famous painting. It’s all about getting creative with your family and using paints to create your version of the famous work. You can even use different people, animals, or props in your artwork and give it a new spin. This is great as an art project and a family activity!
20. Construct Mixed Media Bird Nests
This is a pretty basic art project. You can use both paper and paint to make bird nests look as realistic as possible. You can make it as elaborate as you’d like by creating little details inside the nests or using more realistic materials.
21. Abstract Splatter Paint Art
Abstract Splatter Paint Art is a pretty quick and easy project. All you have to do is grab some paint and start splattering. This is a great way to make abstract art because you don’t have to worry about perfecting the shapes or details of your artwork. All you need to do is get messy!
22. Lighthouse Scene
Lighthouse Scene is a great way to get into painting! It’s a pretty basic project that allows you to explore the different layers of paint. You can create striking and realistic water and hills and other landscape features. What’s great about this project is that you can paint it however you want! You just have to start somewhere, so it might as well be your lighthouse scene!
23. Shade Spheres to Make Plants
This is a fun art project to do during the winter. You need to shake some beads and a few other items together, then color them with crayons. Hang these around your plants, and it will look like they are growing!
24. Chalk Pastel Fall Leaf
Chalk Pastel Fall Leaf is another great fall project. All you need to do is apply chalk pastel to a piece of paper and let it dry. Then, use crayons or colored pencils to add different colors and textures until the paint looks right.
25. Andy Warhol Pop Art
Andy Warhol’s Pop Art is a fun project that mimics famous works of art. You can combine your artwork with pop culture, music, and other things! It’s quick, easy, and a lot of fun. You can also do this with just about any canvas or picture you want!
26. Clay Coil Hearts
Clay Coil Hearts is a fun art project with your family or friends. You can make these colorful hearts playfully out of any type of material you like. You can decorate them with glitter, rice, or whatever else you want!
27. Japanese Notan Art
Japanese Notan Art is a fun art project that you can use to create stunning images. You can combine painting, drawing, and paper cutting to make your art appear as realistic. This is great for all levels of artistic ability, so anyone in the family can try this project!
28. Shade a Sphere with Chalk Pastels
Shade a Sphere with Chalk Pastels is a pretty easy project. You have to take some chalk pastels and use them to draw on your sphere. You can use the different colors to shade your sphere in any way you’d like!
29. Still Life
Still, Life is a type of art that involves scenes with dead or inanimate objects. This is a great way to get creative and create an interesting piece of artwork out of everyday items around the house. You can even paint it, so it looks like an abstract painting!
30. Georgia O’Keeffe Flower Project
Georgia O’Keeffe Flower Project is a fun project for kids, families, and even adults. You can use both paint and paper to make your floral designs look realistic. The best part is that you can do this with just about any type of flower that you’d like!