I only did this project with my “extra/bonus” 3rd grade that I see twice a week. We followed the directions from this website: Laugh, Paint, Create. It was a great project on cityscapes, warm and cool colors, and printmaking. And I will definitely repeat with next year’s 3rd grade class!
This was definitely a favorite of mine from this year. We studied portraits in 3rd grade and looked at artwork by Georges Rouault. He is well known for his paintings looking similar to stained-glass because he apprenticed under a stained glass artist before becoming a painter. His artwork is characterized by heavy, dark lines. He was also well known for painting portraits of royal figures and jesters. Here’s what they did:
This was one of my favorite lessons from last year, so I was really excited to do it again this year. We study peacocks and look at their bodies, feathers, etc – talk about the feathers and perhaps why they are designed as they are. We also talk a lot about the color wheel and analogous colors. I made students look closely at the color wheel and choose 4 analogous colors (including primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, they are colors that are next to each other on the color wheel).
This was a fun clay project done with 3rd graders. We talked about how the Aztec Native Americans worshiped the sun god because they thought that’s who decided we would have another day each day. He was pretty important! He brought them plant life, dried their spices, did so much for them. So the Aztec people made much artwork that glorified the sun god. We also talked about clay properties and what a slab clay project would look like, relief in sculpture, slipping and scoring, etc. I demonstrated the entire process, gave them a few suggestions but ultimately they had two goals: it had to look like a sun and it had to resemble a face. Here are their creations:
I’ve been so so excited to share this project! And the kids are dying to take them home, but I had to photograph them and I want so badly to display them on the walls!! This was a project I did with my double 3rd grade. One of the classes I see twice a week, the class that also did these moon silhouettes. So, it really was just a fun project I found that I thought they would enjoy. And they sure did!! I can’t get over how awesome they turned out!! I actually photographed every single one that was complete, there are a handful that didn’t finish yet (there are some baaaad sicknesses going around!!), so I’ll photograph those and get them up when they’re done!