Category Archives: Third Grade

Mixed Media Weavings

Mixed Media Weavings

This project turned out so great! We started this lesson with a discussion of what a landscape is.  We talked about the students favorite places to cultivate a connection to their own lives.  We then researched landscapes on the internet.  Once the students had chosen the landscape they wanted to use they transferred the design onto a paper plate.  If they messed up they were not given a second plate, so they were required to problem solve and be resilient to come up with a solution.  Some chose to redraw their image with a different colored sharpie or colored pencil.  We then painted with acrylics.  The students were only given the primary colors, black, and white.  The kids were puzzled on to where they could come up with a brown.  So we discussed that the three primary colors mixed will make a brown.  They had to be resilient though because the brown they wanted wasn’t always mixed the first time around!  After we were done with the painting we created our loom.  The kids further ran into problems in some cases because they cut the slit on the wrong side.  So some solutions we discovered were to tape over the wrong slits on the back side and re-cut.  Other solutions were to turn their tree into a volcano or mountain!  It worked perfectly and gave the students more opportunities to personalize their project.  Finally, I taught the students how to weave.  Some wanted to do a palm tree and so the loom and the weaving looked a little different.

Cityscapes in the style of Karla Gerard

Cityscapes in the style of Karla Gerard

My third graders started this project by looking at a community artist’s work, her name is Karla Gerard.  We talked about how Karla Gerard has an Etsy shop and sells her work, making a living off her art.  We also discussed the fact that one of her pieces was in the most recent Superman movie (on the wall in the farmhouse of Superman’s childhood home). This helped the students cultivate connections. The students were then given some basic requirements to meet, mixing colors to make at least 20 colors, having buildings, natural things such as trees, etc.  And finally, a fun, playful style like Karla Gerard. The openness to ambiguity cultivates the students’ creativity.

Move-A-Thon Logos 2014

Move-A-Thon Logos 2014

The quest for the 2014 Move-A-Thon logo winner is on!  Students are creating some fantastic designs.  We discuss what a logo is, the purpose being to identify or brand a product or event.  This year’s theme is The Mustand 500: Engage to finish strong. The hard part will definitely be narrowing down all these designs into just ONE winner for our logo design.

Problem Solving in Art

Problem Solving in Art

 

 

 

 

 

My students learn how to problem solve and be resilient on a daily basis in art.  Sometimes the solutions are simple, other times we have to brainstorm some different ideas.  These kitties were created by my first graders.  Our goal was to learn about value and complimentary colors. As such the students were able to choose which compliments they used, but could not have color choices beyond that.  Both of these students faced a similar problem: the wrong color in their background. One child chose to color over her mistake, the other chose to erase the mistake.  Both were acceptable ways to fix the error!

Art Enrichment Pups

Art Enrichment Pups

My K-3 art enrichment kids did these adorable puppies.  We used basic shapes to draw the dogs, the students were able to choose their colors as well as the background paper.  We used scrapbook paper for the background.  The kids were also able to create spots using paper that had text on it.  We talked about contrast and using colors that represented the students, in other words colors that they enjoy!

Art Enrichment Clay Masks Inspired by Kimmy Cantrell

Art Enrichment Clay Masks Inspired by Kimmy Cantrell

These masks were so cool!  We did this as an after school art enrichment.  We studied artist Kimmy Cantrell’s work, and then the students designed their masks on paper prior to working with the clay. We added texture, cut outs (negative space), and color of course!

Complementary Color Cats

Complementary Color Cats

This project was so cute.  The third graders had to draw the cats with me as a group.  They were able to choose what their mouse was “saying.”  We then learned all about complementary colors, value, and pattern as we painted this project with tempera paints.  Although it was a challenge to get the students to understand how limited their color palette was, they all learned about what complementary colors are!

DCSD Art Show 2013

DCSD Art Show 2013

We had a great showing of artwork at the annual Park Meadows all district art show.  We have the most amazing, talented artists at Saddle Ranch!  Congratulations to the kiddos for a job well done.

Art Enrichment Birdhouses

Art Enrichment Birdhouses

I just wrapped up an art enrichment class that was held after school. This class was open to all 1st-6th graders.  The birdhouses reflected the students personalities and they turned out really cool!  The kids had a blast painting them and then adding all sorts of fun things to the wood surface.

Southwest Doors

Southwest Doors

I visited Arizona in the fall this year and was inspired by a brochure I picked up while down there to do this project.  It was a great opportunity to show the kids how architecture varies when you go to different states in our country.  I was also able to explain how the landscapes around the homes are different depending on where you might be in the country.  The students used both watercolor and color pencil to create this project.  They really enjoyed learning how to shade and did a fantastic job with it!