These art tutorials offer a little more challenge for higher elementary school grades. You may find some videos in this collection that talented fourth-graders would find fun.

  • Jeremy Fisher - Grades 5-6

    Inspired “The Tale of Jeremy Fisher” by Beatrix Potter, we learn the artistic techniques to sketch and paint Mr. Jeremy Fisher, the dandy frog who hopes to catch a few delicious minnows for dinner.

    Follow along and learn to sketch in proportions starting with the frog. We will add details such a...

  • Magical Horses - Grades 5-6

    In this tutorial, we will sketch and paint horses inspired by contemporary artist Laurel Burch.
    The horses that she paints are mythical, magical and powerful.
    Work in pencil to create a sketch with the correct proportions of the horses before adding details in oil pastels. Learn about the resist ...

  • Cezanne Inspired Landscape - Grades 5-6

    In this lesson, we will be inspired by one of Paul Cezanne’s most famous landscapes, “Montagne Sainte Victoire,” in the South of France. Learn to establish your landscape with simple lines and color in patches in the cubist / impressionistic style. We will use oil pastels and learn to layer and b...

  • Heart Hands - Grades 5-6

    In this tutorial, you will be guided step by step to draw “heart hands” by observing the position of hands in a photograph. Learn about proportions, space and shape to achieve a realistic drawing. Brainstorm different options to paint your hands using simple heart thumbnails.
    I will show you an e...

  • Arctic Wild - Grades 5-6

    In this tutorial you will sketch and paint an arctic wildlife vignette. Freezing temperatures are above ground and undersea. A polar bear roams along the edge of the ice while the beluga whale surfaces for air.

    Learn about perspective above and below the sea’s surface, about shadows, highlights,...

  • Watercolor Moonlight - Grades 5-6

    This tutorial is inspired by the art of Nikki Frumkin, a Seattle based plein-air artist.
    We will explore different watercolor techniques, learn about depth in a landscape ,creating shadows and highlights, proportions and texture.
    Nikki Frumkin’s website: https://drawntohighplaces.com/

    Materials ...

  • Snow Globe Cabin - Grades 5-6

    In this tutorial, we will sketch and paint a winter landscape inside a snow globe. Learn about proportions, perspective and aspects of a landscape. Paint with watercolors using the wet-on-wet technique and wet on dry to achieve different effect to give the illusion of glass reflecting.


  • Gingerbread House - Grades 5-6

    In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn to create a watercolor painting of a gingerbread mansion. Learn about proportion, space, lines, texture. Explore watercolor techniques to add depth by layering colors from light to dark, wet on dry, wet on wet.
    Use acrylic paint or paint pens to add f...

  • Watercolor Fox - Grades 5-6

    In this tutorial, you will sketch and paint a fox. Learn about the importance of a good sketch and proportions as a starting point. Learn about painting with watercolors wet on wet and layering your colors to create depth and texture to create fur.
    The watercolor background is wet on wet with a t...

  • Autumn Still Life - Grades 5-6

    In this tutorial you will create a composition of an autumn still life. Observe different pumpkins and squash shapes before starting your pencil sketch. Learn how to overlap and sketch to create the illusion of roundness making your shapes look more 3D. Paint in layers using the wet on wet techni...

  • Gratitude Feathers - Grades 5-6

    In this video tutorial, we will create beautiful gratitude feathers. As we fill each section with patterns, reflect on the things that you are the most grateful for in your life.
    Write them in selected sections of your feathers, before you start coloring or painting the patterns. I am using water...

  • Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull - Grades 5-6

    In this video tutorial, you will learn to draw and paint a sugar skull inspired by the Mexican tradition of Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.
    Learn about symmetry and space to draw the outline of your skull and add decorative details. Visualize what colors you will use before you start colo...

  • Haunted Houses - Grades 5-6

    In this video tutorial, you will draw and paint a haunted house using simple shapes and fun details. Learn about proportion, shapes, and lines to create your haunted house. Experiment with basic art materials and techniques to make your house stand out.

    Materials used:
    9 x 11 watercolor paper, f...

  • Abstract Name Designs - Grades 4-6

    In this tutorial, we will be inspired by the work of artist Joseph Amekdopo and create an abstract design that incorporates your name.

    Learn about line, repetition, patterns, balance using bright colors.

    Materials used:
    • pencil, eraser,
    • black sharpie
    • watercolors,
    • drawing or watercolor...

  • Robin Mead - Grades 4-6

    In this lesson we will draw and paint a watercolor landscape inspired by the art of Robin Mead, a contemporary watercolor artist.

    Think about what type of landscape you would like to create: Does it have mountains with flowers in the foreground; is it daytime or nighttime?

    Learn about how to st...

  • Sunset Watercolor Collage - Grades 4-6

    In this lesson, you will combine whimsical trees on a painted watercolor background, to create a forest in the fall. Learn about watercolor techniques to create washes, proportion and touch on the concept of atmospheric perspective. Combine a more traditional watercolor background with stylized t...