Your email*

Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Art of Inferences

Created on March 26, 2019 by lightARTed

A collaboration between art and 4th grade language arts! Students learned about making inferences in reading, and made connections through art in a class discussion and the creation of piece of art that others would need to infer the artist's meaning.

2 Keeps, 0 Likes, 0 Comments

Students enhance their knowledge of making inferences in reading and participate in a class discussion interpreting pieces of art.

Students create their own piece of art that their peers will have to interpret/make inferences on what is happening in the picture.

PowerPoint/images of paintings students can discuss and make inferences about.

Paper, and media of choice
iPad, Chromebooks optional

Need these materials? Visit Blick!

Lead a class discussion about what is an inference. Ask students what they know about inferences. What is an inference, why do we need the ability to make an inference, other than reading when do we make inferences in every day life?

Show PowerPoint, discuss images. Remind students they are acting like detectives to interpret the meaning/message of the artwork.

Students brainstorm ideas for their own images. I make up an example on the spot to give them a jump start. I tell students not to tell anyone their ideas so that students may share their art when finished and have others interpret their meaning.

I allow student to look up images on an iPad or Chromebook if they need reference material.

Students are to first brainstorm, sketch, write their ideas.
Student choice of media. (Best to do after students have all your procedures down and can use materials properly, otherwise specify media and demonstrate use)

Once all pictures are complete lead a class discussion where students take turns presenting their pieces of art and the rest of the class infers/interprets the artist's meaning.

Did student participate in class discussions?

Did student create a piece of art that others would need to make an inference about it's meaning?

Work is neat and safe/proper use of materials?

May also combine this with a lesson in allegorical painting and the art of Kevin Sloan. Great fun in listening to kids infer what his paintings are about!

Currently working on this in class will add student art pictures when finished.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories
[K-4] Students describe how different materials, techniques, and processes cause different responses

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[K-4] Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas
[K-4] Students know the differences among visual characteristics and purposes of art in order to convey ideas

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[K-4] Students select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning
[K-4] Students explore and understand prospective content for works of art

Visual Arts Standard 5:
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

[K-4] Students understand there are different responses to specific artworks

Visual Arts Standard 6:
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

[K-4] Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum

English/Language Arts, History/Social Studies