4th Grade Art Sketchbook Challenges

4th GRADE Art Sketchbook Challenges

Keep your drawings and activities in a sketchbook! Have some EXTRA fun!


#1 Draw your teacher (or art teacher) stranded on a desert island…or a dessert island Yummmmm!


#2 Find a video on How to Fold Origami.  Try to fold something.

***When choosing from YouTube, please make sure your choice is "school appropriate," no weapons please :)



#3 Draw your favorite food at a disco party


#4 Make a flipbook using index cards or cut paper.  You can make 2 flipbooks by changing the side you put the clip-on.




#5 Draw a llama surfing


#6 Create a Stop Motion video on your iPhone or tablet using the free StopMotion app (try adding sounds, music, and credits)






#7 Draw a “Folding Surprise Puppet” following the instruction from this video.  You DON’T have to make a shark or pizza.  You can turn it into anything following these steps.





#8 Stuck at home?  Take a virtual tour of a museum from around the world!

British Museum in London, England



Guggenheim Museum in New York City



The National Art Gallery in Washington D.C.





The Musee d’Orsay in Paris, France

(Click the little yellow man at the bottom right hand of the image to take a virtual tour)



National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea

(Click the little yellow man at the bottom right hand of the image to take a virtual tour)



The Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany



The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam



Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

(Click the little yellow man at the bottom right hand of the image to take a virtual tour)



The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California

(Click the little yellow man at the bottom right hand of the image to take a virtual tour)



Uffizi Gallery, Florence

(Click the little yellow man at the bottom right hand of the image to take a virtual tour)



MASP, São Paulo

(Click the little yellow man at the bottom right hand of the image to take a virtual tour)



National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City



The Louvre in Paris, France



And many more.  Read about these amazing places and see them all at once here!



#9 Try an Op Art Challenge.  What’s OP Art?  Op stands for optical as in an “optical illusion” and is meant to fool the eye.  See if you can fool someone with your Op Art using a video to help you.






#10 Make a Print like Andy Warhol!

Find out about Andy Warhol here:

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekGySlb2iyQ
  2. https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/explore/what-is/pop-art
  3. https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/make/paint-draw/make-pop-art-warhol
  4. https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/andy-warhol


Like taking fun internet quizzes? Here’s a FUN QUIZ!!!



Since we don’t have these machines we’re going to print with Styrofoam, a water spray bottle, paper, and markers. You DO NOT have to make a floral arrangement, think about all the popular images Andy Warhol loves.  Pick something you love that you see in your world all the time.



Check out how screen printing is done! Very fascinating! 



#11 Tie Dye a T-Shirt, canvas shoe, handkerchief, or cotton fabric.


1. Get your parent’s permission to choose what you can dye.

2. DO NOT use rubbing alcohol without parental supervision





#12 Do you LOVE Internet quizzes?  Good because here are a bunch of them!  Pick one (or more) and have fun!



#13 Draw Baby Yoda



#14 Why not check out #8 again and take another museum tour.  You can go anywhere with the click of a button and you don’t even have to pay to visit!


#15 Fill your paper with as many types of flowers and plants as you can.  What will you use to fill them with color?


#16 Watch this super satisfying Art creation video.  You don’t have to make anything (but of course if you feel inspired go for it! There are some really cool creations on here.)  Sit back and enjoy.



#17 Try a SOAP CARVING.  Yes, you read that right?  Ever wondered how masters like Michelangelo and Davinci made their great masterpieces out of marble.  Check this out and try for yourself.



#18 Check out these YouTube videos of amazing humans making crazy DOMINO sculptures and then watching them fall!




Make your own Domino set up. Videotape it falling!


#19 Choose a lesson from Deep Space Sparkle.  Your pick.  Post your final project! https://www.deepspacesparkle.com/category/art-lessons/


#20 Do a pendulum painting with your parents!

Do you love art?  Do you love math? Do you love science?  Try out this STEAM challenge where you will need all 3.  It’s fun, it’s MESSY, and it looks really neat!




#21 Nature Art

Artists Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Shilling are famous for creating art in nature, using nature! 

Step 1: Take a look at the artwork of Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Shilling.

Andy Goldsworthy:



Richard Shilling:







Step 2: Take a walk collecting things that catch your eye. 

Step 3: See what you can make out of nature!

Step 4: Don't forget to take a picture! 

#22 Create a Found Object Color Wheel Inspired by Artist Caroline South.

Caroline South has challenged herself to organize found objects in interest ways inspired by color and value.



Color- the quality of an object or substance with respect to light reflected by the object, usually determined visually by measurement of hue, saturation, and brightness of the reflected light; saturation or chroma; hue.


Value- the relative lightness or darkness of a color. It is an important tool for the designer/artist, in the way that it defines form and creates spatial illusions. Contrast of value separates objects in space, while gradation of value suggests mass and contour of a contiguous surface.

#23 Love art but can’t afford the original?  Make your own!  Recreate your favorite painting or sculpture by dressing up with things you have in your house.


These are so fun and creative.  Check it out!


#24  Field Day is coming up, why not combine Field Day and Art?!  If you choose the “Paper Plane Corn Hole” activity for Field Day you will need to create and decorate 3 paper airplanes to use for your game. Design your paper, fold your planes, add any additional decorations, photograph them, and use them for Field Day.

How to Fold a Paper Airplane


#25 Create a THANK YOU card for a teacher or school staff member who really influenced you or who you want to say “thank you” to.  If can be a current teacher, past teacher, custodian, nurse, lunch aide, classroom aide, special subject area teacher, secretary, or an administrator. Make 1 or more than 1 to spread the love. These can get dropped off when your parents pick up your classroom supply bags in the last week of school.  


These can be dropped off when your parents pick up your classroom supply bags during the last week of school.  No photographs of Thank You cards need to be taken, emailed, or uploaded to Artsonia, these are for the recipient's eyes only.  Also, I'd advise that no gifts, gift cards, or personal items be included in these cards as they will not be secured at night and teachers may not receive them until later in the summer. 

#26 Special Assignment: Medical Heroes Thank You Cards for Mrs. Davis

Our wonderful 4th Grade teacher, Mrs. Davis, is collecting Thank You cards for medical workers (heroes) in the Covid units at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City.  This is one of the hardest-hit hospitals in the country so you can draw whatever you think will lift the nurses’ and doctors’ spirits and make them feel loved and appreciated for all that they are doing to keep our country as safe as possible.


All Thank You cards will be delivered virtually so they can be photographed with the cover and the interior and emailed to Mrs. Davis at mdavis@bordentown.k12.nj.us.  If you choose this activity just email me your art log for participation credit, you do not need to upload pictures of Thank You cards to Artsonia.  Let’s lift some spirits and let our front-line workers know how much we appreciate them.


All digital cards are due to Mrs. Davis by May 27th at 3:00pm but can be sent to her anytime before that.