Thunderstorm Art

Integrate science and art in a lesson plan about how weather is portrayed in artwork.

  • 1.

    Add another dimension to a weather lesson plan by discussing artwork that depicts weather. Show examples of artwork from various artists who are known for their depiction of weather in art like Van Gogh and Rembrandt.

  • 2.

    Discuss how weather influences the mood of the artwork with students by showing examples.

  • 3.

    Students choose a weather condition and illustrate it in an original piece of art. The example in this lesson plan illustrates a thunderstorm using Crayola® Oil Pastels.

  • 4.

    Attach the finished piece to a sheet of colored Construction Paper with a Crayola Glue Stick.

  • 5.

    Students present their artwork to the class discussing the weather they are depicting and its effect on the mood of the picture.


  • LA: Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
  • LA: Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • SCI: Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions.
  • VA: Students experience, analyze and interpret art and other aspects of the visual world.


  • Students learn all about clouds. Combine a lesson plan about the types of clouds with an art lesson plan creating artwork made out of clouds.
  • Students learn about global weather patterns and their effect on local weather patterns.
  • Students learn about the wind and how the air makes things move. Combine this with studying the depiction of wind in artwork, especially the work of Van Gogh.