Animals in Art/Abstract Art Follow- up activity

This activity is a follow-up activity to our Art to Go presentations, therefore we have only included core standard for the 4th grade.

Core Standards for 4th grade Visual arts covered in presentations and activity:

Standard 1, Objective 2.c. Clean and store art materials and equipment in a safe and appropriate manner.

Standard 1, Objective 2.d. Clean and put back to order art making areas after project.

Standard 1, Objective 2. E. Respect other student’s artworks as well as one’s own.

Standard 3, Objective 2, a.  create a work of art using inspiration from hobbies or interests.

Standard 3, Objective 2, b. Interpret how artists use symbols to express moods, feelings , and ideas in art.

Standard 3, Objective 2, c. Create and invent symbols to express moods, feelings, and idea’s in art.


Abstract Cursive Animals

Project Sheet

1.        Fold a sheet of paper in half. On (the inside) of one side of the fold, write your name or initials in large cursive letters in pencil.

2.        Quickly paint over your handwriting.

3.        While the paint is still wet, carefully refold and press your paper to make a mirror image,

4.        Open your paper. Allow the paint to dry.

5.        Draw the features of your animal in with marker or crayon. For a soft effect, such as fur or feathers, use a damp paint brush (when using markers) to blend and work the colors. Dry.

6.        Give your new abstract animal art piece a name!

(Example is shown below)

 The following is a list of animals and what they symbolize.

Alligator – Aggression, survival, adaptability, cunning, deceptive

Ape/Monkey – Mischief, mimicry, cunning, nurture

Bat – Guardian of the night, messenger, happiness, good luck, longevity

Bee – Immortality, rebirth, industry, order, purity, messenger between worlds, secret wisdom, community

Birds – The soul, transcendence, spirits of the air, ascent, communication, freedom, sight

Bear – Primal power, mother, cunning, healer, gentle strength, intuition and instinct, nurturing, protective

Beaver – Builder, gatherer

Buffalo – Sacredness, life builder. The buffalo provides all good things for living, an bestows great curing powers

Bull – Wealth, kingship, destructive force

Butterfly – Metamorphosis, carefree, transformer, immortality, grace, light, soul

Cat – Guardianship, detachment, stealth, liberty, magic, pride, vanity

Cougar – Leadership, courage, power, swiftness, balance

Cow – Nourishment, motherhood, power of Earth, gentleness, nurturing

Coyote – Prankster, insight, playful, humor, sarcasm

Deer – Love, gentleness, kindness, gracefulness, sensitivity, swift, nimble, meek

Dog – Guidance, protection, loyalty, faithfulness, watchfulness

Dolphin – Kindness, play, guide, swift, intelligence, communication

Dove – Peace, innocence

Dragon – Power of Earth, breath of life, supernatural power, magic, strength, wisdom, knowledge, guardian

Elephant – Strength, memory, patience, wisdom, power

Fish – Miracles, good lick, prosperity, foresight, fortune

Fox – Cunning, provider, intelligence, Feminine magic, diplomacy, wildness

Frog - Power of water, sensitivity, hidden beauty

Horse – Stamina, mobility, strength, devotion, loyalty, nobility, energy, freedom, prophecy

Lion – Solar, splendor, power, majesty, strength, courage, nobility

Owl – Wisdom, truth, patience, darkness, solitude, wisdom, mystics

Pig – Highly intelligent, scholarly, angry, emotional

Rabbit – Alertness, nurturing, rebirth, balance, fertility, madness, transformation

Shark – Hunter, survival, adaptability.

Snake – Shrewdness, transformation, life, death rain, fertility

Spider- Creative, pattern of life, connects with the past and future

Swan – Grace, balance, innocence, faithfulness, solitude, poetry, sincerity

Tiger – Creator, destroyer, strength, ferocity, power, anger

Wolf – Loyalty, success perseverance, thought, teacher, intuition, learning

 Have the students put the name of their piece on the bottom left hand corner and sign the piece in the lower right hand corner.  Encourage them to not go with the obvious. If they have chosen their animal for the symbolism, suggest that they incorporate that into the name of their piece.

Ask the students to share their artwork with the class, and explain why they chose the animal that they did. Have your students number a sheet of paper according to the number of students in the class.  Ask your students to write down their favorite thing about each student’s abstract animal.

Display the artwork for the entire school to see. To give the “show” a more authentic feel,  create a small card that lists the name of the piece, the artist, and the medium. Post the card next to each piece. Have the kids take home the card with their piece or make sure to have them recycle it if they choose not to keep it (standard 1, objective 2 b.)



*Source for abstract animal art project found at, Incredible @rt department




Animals in Art and Abstract art

Art to Go presentations satisfy the following standards:


Standard 1 Objective 1, c. Portray cast shadows as having shapes different from the objects that cast them.

Standard 2, Objective1, d. Identify evidence of depth, shadow, color, and mood in artwork.

Standard 3, Objective 1, b. Examine the overall value key of significant works of art and relate the key of each work to a mood.

Standard 3, Objective 2, d. Classify works of art according to media and genre.

Standard 3, Objective 2, e. Identify themes in works of art.


Standard 1, Objective 1, d. Use of value, color and texture to create interest

Standard 2, Objective 1, d. Identify evidence of depth, shadow, color, and mood in artwork.

Standard 3,Objective 1, a. Determine and explore a variety of sources of inspiration for making art.

Standard 3, Objective 2, b. Interpret how artists use symbols to express moods, feeling, and ideas in art

Standard 3, Objective 2, d. Classify works of art according to media and genre

Standard 3, Objective 2, e. Identify themes in works of art.

Both presentations will help with Social Studies:

Utah State History

Standard 5, Objective 3,a. Examine Utah arts opportunities in the areas of dance, music, theater and visual arts