American Folk Art

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The 5th grade class watched a PowerPoint presentation of folk art by American folk artists. Many of the artists were self-taught artists who wanted to tell a story, through pictures, about specific events depicting life in rural areas.


  • White construction paper
  • Folk Art (PowerPoint)
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Colored pencils


  1. View the PowerPoint presentation. Think of events or celebrations that could be the focus of folk art.
  2. Draw a picture depicting some celebration, activity, family reunion, etc. Be sure to include the following in the drawing:
  • Show perspective and action
  • A season—summer, winter, fall or spring—which will determine the color of the trees, grass, sky, ground cover, etc.
  • Hills, trees, flowers, bushes, barn, houses, church, town stores, fences, well, trellis, etc.
  • Animals, dogs, horse, cow, sheep, cat
  • People playing, working, visiting
  • Sky and clouds—stormy, cloudy, sunny, wintery
  • Lake, river, creek, waterfall

3.  Use crayons, colored pencils, or watercolor pencils.

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