3rd Grade art is all about exploration of materials and the introduction of the art elements.
Students will get use to the structure of the E.H.A. art program and become comfortable with many new media, techniques and processes.
LINE - The first project of the year will be based on the exploration of line and connecting to the Native American unit studied in their language art program. The students will create a Native American Dream Catcher. Students will learn the history and meaning behind this traditional craft. We will examine how line is an important part of the web and students will use line to decorate the frame.
SHAPE - Continuing with the Native American unit, students will explore shape as they create a Buffalo Hid Story. Students will examine the symbols used by many Native American tribes and will create a unique story with the symbols. They will use several techniques to create a “buffalo hid” out of paper and will paint their story onto the hid.
The king of shapes - Mondrian - will be the first famous artist the 3rd graders study this year. They will analyze several of his artworks, including Broadway Boogie-Woogie. The students will then create their own Mondrian inspired design
COLOR - Students will review the two most basic but important color schemes, primary and secondary colors. They will study their importance on the color wheel and in relation to all colors. The students will also dive into making a grid using math (step by step). They will then use the primary and secondary color schemes to paint their grid, separating the two categories.
The second color project will explore Optical Illusion art. Students will be introduced to Victor Vasarely and his wild and challenging artworks. They will again use math to create the outline for the illusion. Students will then learn about the complimentary color scheme, how it is used to catch attention and create conflict. They will then pick a set of colors and use crayons and color pencils to add it to their artwork.
FORM - 3D is always so much fun! Students will explore form and it’s difference from shape as an art element. The first project will take a two dimensional material, paper, and turn it into a form. The theme behind the work will be Japanese Flying Fish. These beautifully patterned fish will be a great introduction to three dimensional effects.
The second project for the art element of form will involve clay. Students will create an animal using basic clay techniques, including the pinch pot process.
SPACE - Students will begin their exploration of spacial strategies in an Outer space Landscape. Students will learn the wet-n-wet watercolor technique while making planets and splatter paint for distant stars. Spacial strategies will start with variation of size and overlapping.