4th Grade GPS
VA4MC.1 Engages in the creative process to generate and visualize ideas.
a. Creates a series of thumbnail sketches to alter visual images (e.g., magnifying, reducing, repeating, or combining them in unusual ways) to change how they are perceived and interpreted.
b. Formulates visual ideas by using a variety of resources (e.g., books, magazines, Internet).
VA4MC.2 Formulates personal responses to visual imagery.
a. Uses a sketchbook for planning and self-reflection.
b. Responds to big ideas, universal themes, and symbolic images to produce images with richer, more personal meaning.
c. Self-monitors by asking questions before, during, and after art production to reflect upon and guide the artistic process.
VA4MC.3 Selects and uses subject matter, symbols, and/or ideas to communicate meaning.
a. Generates different viewpoints for making and interpreting a visual image.
b. Develops visual images by combining or modifying open-ended themes/topics in unique and innovative ways.
c. Observes how the visual relationship of objects and ideas (juxtaposition) affects contrast and/or proportion and how placement may affect meaning
VA4CU.1 Investigates and discovers the personal relationship of artist to the community, the culture, and world through making and studying art.
a. Recognizes the unique contributions of contemporary and historical Georgia artists and art forms.
b. Explores and articulates ideas and universal themes from diverse cultures of the past and present.
VA4CU.2 Views and discusses selected artworks.
a. Identifies elements, principles, themes, and/ or time period in a work of art.
b. Discusses how social events inspire art from a given time period.
VA4PR.1 Creates artworks based on personal experience and selected themes.
a. Interprets visually the big ideas (community, identity, nature, justice, conflict) and broad themes (mother and child, love, war, loss, family) in open-
ended ways that resonate with personal meaning.
b. Makes design decisions as the result of conscious, thoughtful planning and choices.
c. Communicates values, opinions, or personal insights through an original work of art.
d. Generates artworks to express individual ideas, thoughts, and feelings from memory and/or imagination.
e. Creates representational art works from direct observation (e.g., landscape, still life, portrait.)
f. Produces artworks emphasizing one or more elements of art (e.g., space, line, shape, form, color, value, texture)
g. Combines materials in new and inventive ways to make a finished work of art.
VA4PR.2 Understands and applies media, techniques, and processes of two-dimensional art processes (
drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed-media) using tools and materials in a safe and appropriate manner to develop skills.
a. Produces drawings with a variety of media (e.g., pencils, crayons, pastels, and charcoal).
b. Creates contour drawing.
c. Uses shading (changes in value) to create depth and model form.
d. Captures movement in artworks, such as gesture drawings.
e. Creates paintings with a variety of media (e.g., tempera, watercolor, acrylic).
f. Mixes and uses color schemes (analogous, monochromatic, complementary, neutral).
g. Creates a series of numbered prints.
h. Creates art works using available technology (e.g., computer, scanner, camera, digital/video recorder).
VA4PR.3 Understands and applies media, techniques, and processes of three-dimensional works of art
(ceramics, sculpture, crafts, and mixed-media) using tools and materials in a safe and appropriate manner to develop skills.
a. Creates 3-D artwork that demonstrates a design concept: open or closed form, proportion, balance, color scheme, and movement.
b. Creates ceramic objects using hand-building methods (e.g., pinch, coil, slab,) clay processing techniques (e.g., wedge, score and slip) and surface
design (e.g., stamping, relief carving, glazing, burnishing)
c. Creates sculpture/3-dimensional form using selected method/technique (e.g., papier-mâché, paper sculpture, assemblage, found object sculpture).
VA4PR.4 Plans and participates in appropriate exhibition(s) of artworks.
a. Prepares artwork for exhibition by writing a title, statement, and signature on his or her finished work of art.
b. Chooses artwork to be displayed.
c. Attends art exhibits in the school and/or local community.
VA4AR.1 Develops and maintains an individual portfolio of artworks.
a. Distinguishes between complete and incomplete artworks.
b. Identifies strengths, interests, and areas for improvement as a creator, interpreter, and viewer of art.
VA4AR.2 Uses a variety of approaches to understand and critique works of art.
a. Develops multiple strategies for responding to and reflecting on artworks (e.g., formal and informal art criticism techniques).
b. Explains features of a work, including media, subject matter, and formal choices, that influence meaning.
c. Distinguishes among representational art, abstract art, and non-objective art forms.
d. Interprets and evaluates artworks through thoughtful discussion and speculation about the mood, theme, and intentions of those who created a work of
e. Demonstrates how shape/form can have radial balance or symmetrical balance.
f. Writes about art for an audience and captures the feelings represented in words.
VA4AR.3 Explains how selected elements and principles of design are used in an artwork to convey meaning
and how they affect personal responses to and evaluation of the artwork.
a. Uses art terminology with emphasis on the elements of art: space, line, shape, form, color, value, texture.
b. Uses art terminology with emphasis on the principles of design: balance, proportion, rhythm, emphasis, unity, and contrast.
c. Recognizes spatial concepts that show depth in art works (e.g., overlapping, placement, size, color, detail) and uses them in a work of art.
d. Explains how artists use a variety of lines and color values within an artwork to achieve three-dimensional effects (e.g., dimensional line, shading
e. Discusses properties of color (e.g., hue, intensity, value), color schemes (e.g., neutral, complementary, analogous, monochromatic, triadic) and
properties of color and how they are used in a work of art.
f. Demonstrates how contrast can be used in a work of art to create emphasis.
g. Explains the use of positive and negative space in composition.
h. Describes how repeated colors, lines, shapes, forms, or textures can create pattern and show movement in an artwork.
i. Demonstrates how the relationship of size between objects affects scale and proportion in a work of art.
j. Uses adjectives to describe texture.
VA4C.1 Applies information from other disciplines to enhance the understanding and production of artworks.
a. Makes interdisciplinary connections applying art skills, knowledge to improve understanding in other disciplines.
b. Researches, describes, and discusses various art-related careers (e.g., art historian, art critic, curator, web designer, game designer, fine artist).
c. Describes and discusses design in daily life (e.g., clothing, houses, cars, furniture).
VA4C.2 Develops life skills through the study and production of art.
a. Manages goals and time.
b. Adapts to change.
c. Works in teams.
d. Guides and lead others.
e. Directs own learning.
f. Demonstrates persistence.