3rd Grade

Welcome to 3rd Grade Art!

We will be using our imaginations and exploring color this year! Artists that we will study include Paul Cezanne, Georgia O'Keeffe, Paul Klee, and Faith Ringgold. Faith Ringgold was inspired by many artists and included them in her story quilt-- so we will also look at several artists that the students might include in their work. Most of the assignments are pictured below. If you click on an image it will take you to album in picasaweb. Use the back button on the browser to return to this page.

Mrs. Silus

3rd Charcoal Creatures


This is a great chance for students to use their imagination! We take all of the knowlege they learned about drawing animals in 2nd grade and create a new animal! The students learn shading techniques with vine charcoal. A successful animal has lots of interesting detail and textures. We will look at famous historical creatures like the sphinx, gargoyles and mythical creatures for inspiration.

3rd Grade Clay Creatures


After students have drawn a new creature-- they have a chance to sculpt it in clay. Each student will create the head of a new creature.

3rd Trees


Students will learn a great technique for drawing trees using the letter V. This is a great assignment for understanding space. The kids will draw their tree to grow right off the page. We will use contrasting colors to shade the tree. Students should shade the trunk and branches using light, medium and dark values to show form. (make it look 3-D)

3rd - Non Representational Painting


The irregular shape painting is created as the students learn how to mix intermediate colors (red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow- green, blue-green, red-violet and blue violet) They will create an abstract composition using a "thougthful" line and then fill in the colors as the mix them. There are several great abstract painters that we will look at for inspiration with color. They might include Hans Hoffmann and Helen Frankenthaler.

**This is a great lesson for parent volunteers!! We will paint for 3 days**

3rd Plastic Fish Sculptures


Third graders have fun using their imaginations to make creative fish! In this lesson we are learning about pattern as we create our fish. The students design on paper and then transfer their designs to plastic tarp. They will use staplers and tissue paper to construct their fish. We will look at a painting by Paul Klee for inspiration.

**We would love tattered white tissue paper (from gift bags) for this lesson**

3rd Underwater


Students will use their observation skills to try to draw realistic water creatures. As they add them to their composition, we will think about foreground, middle ground and background, overlapping and how objects get smaller as they are farther away. If you haven't been to the Minnesota Zoo lately--take your child to the coral reef display at the zoo for added inspiration!

3rd Grade Story Quilt


Faith Ringgold is an amazing American artist. Students will look at her work and hear the book "Tar Beach".  We will review human body proportion and then draw a picture of themselves in a favorite memory or a dream for the future. They can be in the scene or flying over it. We look at several famous works of art to "hide" in our painting. This is something that Faith Ringgold does in her own work. The final touch is to create a patchwork border for their painting. This project takes several weeks. It is striking when it is finished! 

Faith Ringgold' story Tar Beach

3rd Flower Photographs

If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for a moment.” ― Georgia O'Keeffe

Many people are familiar with the work of Georgia O'Keeffe. We will watch a short BrainPop video on the life and work of Georgia O'Keeffe and then draw a flower from a photograph. Students will practice blending with craypas and using realistic color.

Georgia O'Keeffe on brainpopjr

A knowledgeable third grade student:

     ©       Demonstrates skills using materials, techniques, and visual art concepts

                •  explores the media/techniques of painting, craypas, charcoal, and clay/plastic sculpture.

                •  understands how to mix intermediate colors, tints, and shades

                •  understands and uses the process of color blending

                •  understands human proportion

      ©       Describes, analyzes, and evaluates works of art

                •  describes images seen in art work

                •  looks for the main idea and meaning in art works

                •  understands that art is made by people for different purposes

                •  understands that artists get their ideas from many sources

                •  assesses the merits of their own art work and the art work of others

           ©       Relates art to history, culture, and other disciplines

                •  expresses perceptions and feelings about his/her everyday life and environment

                •  understands that artists sometimes use symbols to show meaning

                •  identifies works of art from other cultures

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