• We constructed accordion books in the art room, designing everything from the book covers to the stories within. We learned about Book Arts in the art room, and the wide variety of ways artists work with books. To begin, we used a storyboard to plan our book. Since the schoolwide theme was "kindness", the students had to write a story about a time they were kind.



America The Beautiful

  • While learning the song, America The Beautiful in music class, students create images to go with the song in art class. Each student creates a piece of painted paper covered with colors and textures reflecting a line from the patriotic song. The following class, students create an illustration for one line in the song, using the painted paper as their media.

    painted paper

Conversation Hearts

  • Kindness as a Theme in Artwork

    Third Graders explored the theme of kindness in their artwork this month after discussing kindness in our school community this year. Students brainstormed kind words they would say to another, or that would describe a friend. After writing these words into the hearts they traced using the principle of Variety, they traced the drawings with marker and painted them using primary colors in watercolor paint. Each new color created (secondary colors) was mixed by hand. Students were able to explore the art of color mixing during this lesson. They also added shadows with colored pencil when their painting was dry.

    Next, students matted their own artwork and signed it.


  • Third grade students experience stitching as an art form. They learn that stitching is merely a line made with thread, yarn or embroidery floss. Each student works on a "sampler". The sampler is burlap material. After learning about the "eye" of the needle and trying to thread it with yarn, they also have to tie a knot. Each student will try the following stitches in order to learn how to stitch a line:

    • running stitch - - - - - - -
    • back stitch ------------------
    • couching

    After attempting each of these stitches, students draw a design of their choice and stitch it. They gain confidence, and many will happily try the techniques at home!

  • Third Grade Color Family Landscapes

    Third graders learn about use of space elements, such as foreground, middleground, background, size and overlapping to build a landscape. They learn how to make a copy of their artwork. They will explore the following questions: How do artists use color? Why do artists choose specific color families for their artwork? How does this abstract a landscape? By using color families to color two identical landscapes, they will evaluate how each color scheme is different.

Abstract Landscape

Third Grade


    Compliment Hearts

    Students paired up to brainstorm a list of "positive words". These were defined as words you would say when asked to do something, or words that describe a favorite friend. After brainstorming, students wrote the words on hearts they traced onto watercolor paper. They painted them with primary colors, and mixed the primary colors to make secondary colors. This lesson reviewed the units on color families but added the element of mixing the colors we needed.


    Pop Art Portraits and Andy Warhol

    Students have been exploring the world of Andy Warhol in the art room! Before the December break, we watched a movie about Warhol's life. Students learned some fun facts they will be happy to share with you! When they returned from their vacation they discovered the art room had been transformed into Warhol's art studio, The Factory! Students got to work coloring their 6 identical portraits as if they were working with Warhol in his Factory.


    We are just starting to finish our portraits up and assemble them into a work of art. They are very colorful! We learned about 3 new color families and reviewed two familiar ones. We also learned how to draw a face using to correct proportions.



    Warm and Cool Color Landscapes

    Third graders are learned about landscape and how artists use color to change the mood of a landscape. We started with a lesson on drawing landscapes, in which we drew eight different sketches, fueled by lots of examples!

    Next, we chose our favorite one and traced the pencil lines with black marker.

    We then traced a "copy" of our landscape. We will create two abstract versions of our landscape... one in warm colors and one in cool colors. Some students used the window to aid the tracing process.

    We learned about warm colors and how artists use color families to communicate a feeling, region, season, or temperature. Students used oil pastels to add color to their first drawing.

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