Third Grade Gallery
Below are some examples of artwork we make in third grade. Projects are ever-changing as we continue to explore in new and exciting ways.
Students learn about Claude Monet's life and work and how impressionism changed art. Students use impressionistic strokes with blue and white paints to create water. Students then draw their own waterlilies, fish, frogs and other images inspired by Monet's paintings.
Third graders studied several different approaches to the self portrait. Using new drawing techniques students depicted themselves in a self portrait which students then painted in tempera paint.
O'Keeffe Inspired Shells
Third graders study the life and work of Georgia O'Keeffe. Students learn about her zooming in to images and bleeding off the page. Students then draw shells from observation and then create a contrasting composition using warm and cool colors.
Charcoal Still Life
Third graders studied objects and create charcoal drawings to depict both the objects as well as experimenting with shading techniques.
Students were inspired by the book Sky Tree and looked at the way the sky’s colors change throughout the day. Students then learned how to draw the silhouette of a tree using lines similar to the letter "Y" and "V". Students also painted their skies with “neighbor colors;” colors that are next to each other on the color wheel (also known as analogous colors).
In math, students learn about symmetry therefore we also create symmetrical images. Students learn how to duplicate an image, as well as how to create an image using reflective symmetry in design.
Starry Night Paintings
Third graders studied the painting Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. Students thought about adjectives that they could use to describe the painting. Students then created their own starry nights, using broken lines and swirls in crayon. Students then painted with either warm or cool colors in watercolor. Students then cut out a silhouette of a town, city or landscape with black paper.
Students learned about the Russian abstract-expressionist Vassily Kandinsky and his famous work “Squares with Concentric Rings.” Students then created their own concentric shapes, each sharing the same center. Artists used oil pastels to create bright and exciting color combinations to portray his or her own expressions.
Contrasting Three- Dimensional Masks
Students learned paper-building techniques and ways to make paper transform from two-dimensional to three-dimensional. Students also learned about complimentary colors or contrasting colors, which are opposite each other on the color wheel. When placed together, the colors create high contrast. Students created masks with the complimentary colored paper.
Eric Carle Collages
Students learned about the famous author/illustrator Eric Carle, famous for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, among many other books. Students watched a film about how Carle creates paper to use within a collage. Students then created their own paper by painting with stamping letters and they also used many different tools including forks and sponges and many other tools with tempera paint. With their decorated papers and collage techniques, students created an image of animals in habitats.
Students learn how to create a coil pot using traditional coil and hand building methods. Students learn how coil building was an international approach to vessel building in many indigenous cultures. Students then create their own unique coil pots and glaze them.