3rd Grade Art
Fall Collage
The Artist will:
  • Discuss the word collage, and what it means.
  • Talk about fall fruits, vegetables, and colors.
  • Discuss Oil Pastels and how they are used, including shades, tints, and highlights.
  • Create a fall collage using fake food models by sketching, drawing with oil pastels, and placing them using overlapping to create their collage.

Paper Mache Pumpkin Centerpieces

(Day 1): The students will start out by discussing forms and the looks of Pumpkins. The students will also discuss the difference between Jack o’ Lanterns and pumpkins. The students will be working in steps and process in this plan. The students will blow up a balloon. After watching a demonstration, they will cover the balloon completely with the paper mache material. The students will need to work quickly and cover every part of the balloon. (Day 2): Attach the dried balloons to the cardboard base with hot glue, leaving the stem up if possible. The next step will be for the students to paint the pumpkins orange and to fill in all of the cracks. The students will also be painting the base and the top of the pumpkin, with either green or brown.
(Day 3): The students will add highlights to the pumpkins using yellows, whites, and different shades of orange.
(Day 4): The final step to these decorative pumpkins will be to add symmetrical leaves and curly vines using construction paper, scissors, and glue. These will make nice centerpieces for their tables.
Materials: small balloons, paper mache mixture, paper towel strips, 6x6 cardboard, hot glue, orange, brown, yellow, white paint, 4x6 fall colors of construction paper (scrap box is good too), scissors, glue.
S1: Skills and Process, S3: Symbolism

Dough Ornaments

The Purpose of this lesson is to create a fun ornament to celebrate the holiday season using symbolism and 3D techniques.
The Artist will:
  • Discuss holiday symbolism.
  • Look at several examples of holiday symbolism, and techniques for creating it 3D.
  • Build an ornament using the techniques and materials provided.
  • paint their ornament using small brushes and neat lines.
Materials: Salt Dough, wire, paint.
Standards: S1: Skills and Process, S3: Symbolism.

"Modern Mona" Project:
"The Mona Lisa" By Leonardo Da Vinci

The purpose of this lesson is for students to get to know Leonardo Da Vinci and his work, and put a modern twist on a very famous Painting. 4-6 class periods

Objectives: The artist will:
  • (Day 1): Discuss what they know about Leonardo Da Vinci and his famous painting, “The Mona Lisa”.
  • Listen to a short book about Da Vinci, including fun facts about his life and ideas behind his famous paintings while coloring the Mona Lisa Coloring sheet.
  • (Day 2): Discuss and list what it means to be “modern”, and also understanding that making her modern does not mean defacing, but make her look like she was created in the 21st century.
  • Understand the vocabulary of proportion, realism, and renaissance.
  • Create a sketch that makes Mona more “modern” using colored pencils.
  • (Day 4-6)L Create the final Modern Mona using large paper, pencils, colored pencils, and a sharpie to trace the lines to make them look more finished.
Materials: Mona Lisa color sheet, 9x12 sketch paper, 12x18 white paper, pencils, colored pencils, sharpies.

Cross Curriculum: History, literature.
Art Standards: S1, S3, S4, S6.

Fun Facts about Mona Lisa

Mona Mania! All About Mona

7 Interesting Facts about Mona

Color Mona Online!

Fun facts quick video

Video about The Mona Lisa

10 worst things that happened to Mona Lisa

Mardi Gras Masks!
The students will:
  • Learn the History behind the Famous day of Mardi Gras.
  • Color and design a sketch of their style of Mardi Gras Mask.
  • Cut out their Mardi Gras style mask and cover it with plaster strips.
  • Cover the mask with a tissue paper base.
  • Use sequins, glitter, and Feathers for decorations.
  • Add a stick for the final touch.

http://naturegirl7.hubpages.com/hub/Mardi-Gras-Kids Lots of information about Mardi Gras!
http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/kids/history-kids/mardi-gras-kids/ Cool video about Mardi Gras
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Orleans_Mardi_Gras#Traditional_colors Colors of Mardi Gras
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_cake Info about King Cakes!
Mardi Gras masks for kids Lots of simple and fun examples!

Materials: 4x6 pieces of posterboard, mask tracers, plaster strips, water, tissue paper, sequins, beads, glitter, shiny paper, scissors, craft sticks, hot glue
S1: Skills and Process S4: History of Mardi Gras and festival masks. S6: Connection to history.

Impressionism Gardens

The Purpose of this lesson is to have a higher understanding for the Impressionism Art Movement by creating gardens.

Objectives: The Artist will:

  • (Day 1) Discuss what they know about Impressionism.
  • Listen to fun facts about Claude Monet and his art.
  • Discuss other impressionism artist such as Renoir, Manet, Seurat, and Degas.
  • (Day 2) Watch the video, “In Monet’s Garden.
  • Create a layout of Monet's Garden, knowing that their gardens have to include a stream, a bridge, and plant life such as flowers and trees.
  • (Day 3) Discuss and watch a demonstration of Impressionism Painting, including the use of tints and shades.
  • (Day 3, 4, 5) Paint an Impressionism Garden focusing on certain areas at a time, such as the greens one day, blues another day...
  • Discuss as a class their final projects and possibly present them!
Materials: White paper, Paint, brushes
Cross Curriculum: History, Reading
Art Standards: S1 (skills and process of impressionism), S3 (symbolism of lights and ideas behind impressionism), S4 (History of the Impressionism Art Period).

Monet Information, Getting to know Monet video Monet's life

3D Names
3D Drawing Site

The Purpose of this lesson is for greater understanding of drawing in 3D using basic techniques.The Artist will:

  • Look at several examples of calligraphy and graffiti.
  • Discuss the idea of one point perspective with a horizon line and vanishing point.
  • Create these basic points and draw their name in block letters.
  • Draw orthogonal lines back to the vanishing point from all the points of their letters.
  • Create their parallel lines to make the letters look 3D
  • Erase the extra Orthogonal lines, and color their letters brightly.

1 Point Perspective Lockers
The Purpose of this project is for the student to understand the idea of Perspective drawing by using a vanishing point and horizon line.
The Artist will:

  • Draw their vanishing point and horizon line on their paper.
  • Draw their triangle "road" in the middle of their paper.
  • Draw their 2 upper lines back to the vanishing point.
  • Draw their vertical lines to create the lockers.
  • Draw their parallel lines on top to separate the lockers (notice the 90 degree angle).
  • Draw their floor lines back to the vanishing point.
  • Draw their parallel lines across the floor to make the checkerboard feel.
  • Decorate their lockers in a festive way, remembering to use their lines properly to make sure their look 3D!
  • Color brightly!
Standards: S1: Skills and Process, S6: Connection to math and measuring.