Third graders close the year making paper art. Colorful paper projects come out of the art room this spring as children create elaborately embellished paper weavings and folded twisted paper sculptures. The emphasis is on the design principle of variety
This spring students learn about Leonardo da Vinci and the Renissance. We take a close look at the Mona Lisa and some classes try their hand at drawing her.
In the winter and spring third graders made colorful painting projects. They look at the art of Georgia O'Keeffe and paint wet on wet watercolor flower pictures. They learn about warm and cool colors and carefully select and blend colors in this project.
Another painting they do is an animal in a chair with a thematic border. This project involves many art concepts. In addition to learning to draw an animal by looking at its composite shapes, they also have to think about creating patterns, creating color contrast and harmony, and creating an overall feeling of unity. These fun paintings are really lovely when they are finished.
The children began the school year learning about sculpture.They are also introduced to the idea of architecture as an art form. The students make clay birds, nests, and clay house facades.
These projects use additive sculpture techniques. The birds were made beginning with a pinch pot and clay is added on. We look at architectural examples and they make house facades using slabs of clay and attaching architectural details and landscape elements.
The clay projects are painted with watercolor paint and varnished with acrylic gloss. Students pick their favorite piece to display at our December Southside Celebrates the Arts night. I hope you have a chance to see how great they look on exhibit in the art room this December.
When the clay projects are finished the students continue with the architecture idea and create drawings of houses. Architectural details are added to basic house shapes. They learn about organizing the space on the page and showing depth.They are introduced to the idea of the grey scale, shading and value. The children apply different values of grey to their pictures for contrast. There is not enough time to complete these pictures the first week they have art, so the drawings are finished when the children return.