Third grade projects will address a wide scope of techniques and concepts.  Some of the main concepts and skills included will be:

    Principles and Elements of Art

    Illusion of depth: Overlapping, Foreground, Middleground and Background



    Mixed media artworks

    Color Theory

    Organic and geometric shapes

    Observational Drawing Skills

    Narrative art



    Developing skills to analyze and discuss artwork of their own and others

  • To start our school year in art, third graders made an action figure collage.   First we learned about proportions of the human body, as well as how to cut out shapes so the gesture of the collaged person really resembled the action each student chose for their piece.  Students spent several classes carefully cutting out shapes for all their bodies parts including tiny eyes, noses and mouths.  The last step was adding in objects for their people to hold or interact with in their artworks and other items for their backgrounds.


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  • Third graders explored landscape paintings this fall.  Starting with a look at landscapes by American artists such as Asher Durand and Robert S. Duncanson, students started their own fall landscapes, learning about creating the illusion of depth in an artwork by using a foreground, middle ground and background.  Students learned about warm and cool colors, using only cool colors to collage their skies, and for their mountains and warm colors for trees, flowers, and animals in their landscapes. 


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  • A Crowded Place 

    Students brainstormed several different ideas of crowded places from celebrations and sports events to parks, playgrounds and parts of school.  After arranging the class in our own crowded space to see what people look like in a group, students learned how to use overlapping to draw all these people. As this is a narrative artwork, students considered unique details for the different people they drew as well as drawing a setting to help describe the event portrayed in their artwork.   Lastly, students added a splash of color by painting watercolors over their permanent marker drawings.


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  • Under the sea

    Students worked hard on detailed observational drawings of sea life.  They then selected a fish to paint.  First they carefully drew in pencil the contour line and other important attributes of the fish.  They then used their imagination to paint in their fish in colors that they mixed with paint.  Next students painted oceans exploring the watercolor technique of resist.  Lastly, students cut out and glued their fish onto their oceans.


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