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Fourth Grade Painting Course

Simple, easy to follow painting lessons!

Course Overview

We are building on the skill sets that have been introduced, practiced and developed in previous painting courses.  If you have not taken a previous painting course from us, I highly recommend you sign up for "First Grade Painting" or perhaps "Second Grade Painting" as a way of building the skills and comfort so that this course is not too difficult.  We continue using the color process from earlier grades in order to establish color "washes" for our background and to set up the basic composition.  From there we create the actual compositions.


A big theme of this course is the painting of animals.  We are working on simply ways to capture the form of the animal as well as some signature gestures that will bring the animal "to life". At the same time, we also devote attention to landscapes, natural features, such as trees, rivers, clouds, etc, as well as the human form, both from afar and up close.


This course provides thirty-six start-to-finish paintings, one for each week of a 36-week school year.  These are designed to correlate to the lesson blocks being taught during the fourth grade year.  Most come from the stories presented in the storytelling course.  There are also three additional paintings to correspond to the seasons and one additional painting of a horned owl.  These Bonus Paintings could be substituted instead of that painting for that week or used in addition to the painting for the week.

There are also lessons for the teacher to understand how to review paintings.  There are a few techniques we can employ in looking back at what we (teachers and students) have created together.  Often, the student needs help learning ways to review their work that will be aimed at positivity, creativity, and contentment with our best efforts.  Particularly with the arts, it can be easy for the child to begin a habit of self-criticism and negativity unless we actively engage them in creating a more positive and supportive soul habit.

What you will learn:

  • How to work with the materials: wet paper, watercolors, brush, painting rag/sponge

  • How to guide paintings from beginning to end by either using the 36 lessons provided in this course, or by taking those lessons as examples and creating your own 

  • How support the creative process so that children feel joyful and at ease rather than stressed and/or disappointed

  • How to review artwork in ways that support openness and imagination rather than judgment and critique, thus fostering a child's sense of self and accomplishment in a positive way. 

  • To understand that the way we teach any subject, even watercolor painting, can support the third grader in ways far beyond the activity of painting, because you will begin to see this process on a deeper level

What you will receive:

  • A thorough materials list

  • A video preview of the materials listed

  • A course introduction and overview

  • Primer lessons to understand and practice the wet-on-wet watercolor techniques

  • 36 painting lessons that guide you from start to finish for 36 paintings

  • Lessons for how to look back at and review paintings

  • Additional videos that delve into fundamental pedagogical topics

  • Additional articles that explore various pedagogical considerations

What you will need:

  • Materials:

    • Pigments

    • Painting Board

    • Watercolor Paper

    • Paint Brush

    • Painting Rag

    • Water Container

    • (optional) A container for soaking the paper.  (I have sometimes used the bath tub instead.)

  • A well-lit area for painting

Who is this course for:

​This course is for homeschool parent-educators as well as teachers in a more traditional setting--or anyone anywhere in between.

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Course Content

Start Here

Fourth Grade Painting: Introduction and Overview

Materials Needed for Painting

Primer Lessons for Watercolor Painting

How to Review Paintings with Students


Lesson Block One

Lesson 1: Fire and Ice

Lesson 2: The Stonemason

Lesson 3: The Midgard Serpent

Lesson 4: Iduna's Golden Apples

Lesson Block Two

Lesson 5: Loki and Hod

Lesson 6: The Funeral Pyre

Lesson 7: Thor

Lesson 8: Odin

Lesson Block Three

Lesson 9: Mountain and River

Lesson 10: Bark Hut

Lesson 11: California Valley Oak
Lesson 12: The Dragon's Gold

Lesson Block Four

Lesson 13: Running Horse

Lesson 14: Thor and Cat

Lesson 15: Otter

Lesson 16: Salmon

Lesson Block Five

Lesson 17: Squirrel

Lesson 18: Red-Tailed Hawk

Lesson 19: Octopus

Lesson 20: Bison

Lesson Block Six

Lesson 21: Mallard

Lesson 22: Fiery Forge

Lesson 23: Viking Ship

Lesson 24: Elk

Lesson Block Seven

Lesson 25: Coyote

Lesson 26: Mountain Lion

Lesson Block Eight

Lesson 27: Monarch Butterfly

Lesson 28: Rattlesnake

Lesson Block Nine

Lesson 29: Bald Eagle

Lesson 30: Cow

Lesson 31: Ship and Fish

Lesson 32: Maiden in the Woods

Lesson Block Ten

Lesson 33: California Mission

Lesson 34: Wagon Trail

Lesson 35: Gold Panning

Lesson 36: Transcontinental Railroad

Bonus Lessons

Bonus Lesson: Rowing in Autumn

Bonus Lesson: Winter Lantern

Bonus Lesson: Horned Owl

Bonus Lesson: Spring Tulips


Additional Resources

Pedagogical Videos

Pedagogical Articles

Appreciation Message

Waldorf Fourth Grade Painting Course Overview

Waldorf Painting Course

Fourth Grade

This course is composed of 36 3rd grade painting lessons that take you from start to finish for each of the 36 paintings. You are on your way to simple, easy to use lessons. Once you purchase the course you will have access to all of the videos and can begin your Waldorf journey now!


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Meet Our Course Creator

Rev Bowen, also co-founder of Simply Waldorf, is a seasoned Waldorf grades teacher. 

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