Remote Art in Action

Ms. Belifore: Art Teacher Extraordinaire

Art & Remote Learning

Art is the expression and application of creative skill and imagination. At Icahn 4, we are lucky to have an art program, allowing our students to explore various reproductions, gaining an enriched art education, while increasing their knowledge and ability to express through art. Although we are remote learning, our students are still able to observe art reproductions, have discussions, learn techniques, and most of all, create. Here you can view the amazing work of our Icahn 4 artists!


Totem Poles

Totem poles are tall, carved posts that were created by American Indians. The carved and painted faces on a pole represented the animals or birds. The designs were carved to represent human and animal faces rather than to look exactly like them. Students learned about totem poles and created their own!

Looking at and Talking About Works of Art

In this unit, students are learning to observe and analyze works of art. Students observed and analyzed Pieter Bruegel's Children's Games. As they observed the reproduction, they pointed out the games they recognized, the colors they saw by mentioning cool colors and warm colors, and then drew their own picture of them playing their favorite game.

1st Grade

Elements of Art: Shape

In this lesson, students learn to recognize basic geometric shapes in nature, objects, and artworks including Jacob Lawrence's, Parade and Grant Wood's, Stone City, Iowa. After, students created their own piece of artwork using only shapes.

Elements of Art: Texture

In this unit, students learn about the element of art: texture. Students studied Native American Pomo baskets made in the early 20th century. They analyzed a reproduction of a Pomo basket and observed what it would feel like to hold the basket, how it felt different from other baskets they've held before and the shapes and colors in the basket. After, students drew their own basket using lines to create texture in their picture.

2nd Grade

Abstract, Realistic, and Semi Abstract Art

In this lesson, students learned that art can be realistic or abstract. They learned that there are degrees of abstraction, from semi abstract to completely nonrepresentational. Students observed and discussed examples of abstract and realistic paintings and sculptures such as Albrecht Durer's Hare, Paul Klee's Cat and Bird, and Pablo Picasso's Bull's Head. After, students created their own artwork using the realistic or abstract approach.

Abstract Art: Wassily Kandinsky

In this lesson students analyzed Kandinsky’s Color Study and learned about the non-objective style that Kandinsky called Abstraction. They identified the use of line, color, and shape used in the painting. After, the students drew concentric circles creating their own color study with varying color combinations.

Marc Chagall, I and the Village (1911)

In this lesson students learned about Marc Chagall's I and the Village (1911). They observed the reproduction, determined if it was realistic or abstract and explored the element of color. Students learned that the painting is full of memories of the village where Chagall grew up and that the painting suggests the memories represent harmony, security, and gentleness. After, students created their own project titled, "Story of Me".

3rd Grade

Elements of Art: Space

In this lesson, students understood the relationship between two-dimensional (height, width) and three-dimensional (height, width, depth) shapes (square to cube; triangle to pyramid; circle to sphere and cylinder). Then, they observed how artists can make two-dimensional look three-dimensional by creating an illusion of depth, and examined the foreground, middle ground, and background in paintings, including Jean-Francois Millet's, The Gleaners and Pieter Bruegel's, Peasant Wedding. After, students created a landscape showing depth by creating a foreground, middle ground, and background.

4th Grade

African Art

In this lesson, students analyzed an African mask and learn about the use of masks from various time periods and cultures, learned how masks are carved from wood, identified curving/angular lines, natural colors, geometric shapes repeated in patterns, and rough/smooth textures, and described geometric patterns found in nature and in the decoration of the Banda mask. After students sketched faces in proportion and created paper sculptures of symmetrical masks, using lines and patterns inspired by African masks.

Art of China

In this unit, students learned about the art of China and how Chinese art has ancient roots. They explored landscape paintings and learned that landscape painting reflects the Taoist belief in humanity's need to exist in harmony with nature. They also learned that the element of line is crucial in both calligraphy and landscape painting. Calligraphy is elegant, artistic penmanship, usually made with a brush or a flat-nib pen, to produce designed or patterned writing. After, students studied Chinese characters and chose two or more of the characters to write a phrase and illustrate the characters on a separate sheet of paper.

5th Grade

The Artist's Hand

In this lesson, students analyzed Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam using the elements of art, identified how an image is made realistic through the use of details, highlights, and shadow through learning about Renaissance art and fresco painting. After, students drew life-size copies of their own hands, adding details and shading.

6th Grade

Baroque Art

In this lesson, students studied Baroque art by noting the dramatic use of light and shade, turbulent compositions, and vivid emotional expression in El Greco’s landscape View of Toledo. They analyzed the mood created by color and line, and described how El Greco showed the illusion of distance, using the relative size and placement of objects in the foreground, middle ground, and background. After, students wrote their own story as if they were in the painting. Then, they sketched landscapes and used color expressively to show mood.

Neoclassical Art

In this lesson, students analyzed The Oath of the Horatii, by Jacques Louis David, and learned about Roman times and classical styles of architecture and clothing. Students identified and described the way the architecture in the painting visually divides the story into three parts. They also identified and described the use of elements of art, including shape, form, texture, space, and value, in this painting and how color, line, and triangular composition help tell the story. After, students drew Roman arches and temples using two-point perspective to create accurate architectural drawings using compasses and rulers.

7th Grade


In this lesson, students analyzed Picasso’s Weeping Woman and his use of abstract and Cubist styles, discussed the way Picasso used color contrasts as emphasis in this portrait and learned about Picasso’s use of color, shape, line, and form to show emotion. After, they drew a profile and frontal face in proportion and colored their Cubist portraits in original compositions.

8th Grade

20th-Century Sculpture

In this lesson, students examined representative artists such as Auguste Rodin, Constantine Brancusi, and Alexander Calder, discussing the qualities that make a sculpture 3-D, describing the texture of the surface of the figure, and identified scale and proportions in the figure. After, students created their own sculptures by choosing to use recycled materials, found materials, Papier-Mache, or clay.