Third grade art students focus much of their art study on utilizing the Elements of Art (line, shape/form, color, value, texture, space) in an expressive way. Students take an insightful look at the expressive, communicative, decorative, and functional uses of art in a variety of cultures.
Elements of Art: line, shape, color (warm & cool)
Principles of Design: movement, pattern, rhythm
The third graders begin by reviewing color properties and relationships in terms of the color wheel. Focusing on WARM and COOL color schemes, we study a variety art visuals, quilts, and weavings, as well as, sharing color schemes found in our own homes. Students make artistic decisions based on color, lines, shapes, and feelings/emotions that they want to express.
(Image on Left) Anne of Cleves, Hans Holbein the Younger (1497-1543), Musee de Louvre, Paris, France (Image on Right) HenryVIII, Hans Holbein the Younger, c.1536, Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Madrid, Spain.
K-M students review portraiture with a "royal" twist in third grade! Looking at a variety of paintings and art visuals, costume books, historical and period clothing books, students develop a self-portrait dressed as a noble person. Two of the visuals we study are shown above; King Henry VIII and his 4th wife, Anne of Cleves. Students review correct placement of facial features in the initial drawing. Students complete the self-portrait using a variety of lines, shapes, and patterns to create rich fabrics, jewels, and other adornments!
Watercolor and Floral Design
During the spring months 3rd graders experiment with watercolor paints. Wax resist, wet-on-wet, dry brush, and mixed media techniques are explored. Design, layout, and color relationships are addressed.