Category Archives: 3rd grade

Art – Desert Landscapes

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My 3rd-5th graders had a pretty good time with this one.  Well, they always have a good time with the chalk/glue resist projects.  I think they turned out beautifully, and the kids are nice and proud of them.

Art – Mexican Blankets

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Yay!  How about a post to kick off this year?  At last!

This year, I have 6 art classes.  Our art program just keeps growing!  This is good thing, though it’s a LOT to juggle.

Introducing my 3rd through 5th-graders.  Most of them are returning from last year, but I have a couple of new ones as well.  They make a great group of kids!

They started off making painted paper.  Using different texture-makers, such as forks, nicked cardboard, bubble wrap, etc., they were able to make some very interesting paper!

Schooled in Love - Mexican Blankets

Messy hands equaled beautiful painted paper!

The papers were hung in the classroom over the weekend, and those edges curled right on UP.  To solve that problem, I sprayed the back side of the paper, which helped them to relax.  Then, I stuck some heavy books on top, and the papers flattened perfectly.

The students cut strips from the papers and gave them fancy edges.  Then, they glued the strips to a large piece of paper and used oil pastels to make zig-zag stitches.  I punched holes on the edges, and they tied the knots of yarn for the fringe.  The turned out wonderfully!

The finished projects:

Art – Fish, Fish, and more Fish

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In an effort to get caught up, I’m posting three different projects for this one.  Whew!

The first set is from my (last year’s) 3rd/4th graders:  Jellyfish.  First, they drew out their jellyfish very lightly, and then covered it in glue.  While the glue was still wet, they dripped watercolors and let it bleed.  Once the glue was dry, they added the watercolor background and used saran wrap to make it fractal.

This next set was created by my (then) 5th/6th graders.  We were practicing analogous colors.

The final set is from my (then) 7th/8th graders.  The challenge was to have at least one partially behind another, and at least one partially off the page.  I found some free coloring pages and printed them off for the kids to use and swap out.  They were able to trace whichever fishes they liked.  Then, they used oil pastels to make the fishes hyper-colorful.  Finally, they used watercolor to fill in any remaining fish parts as well as the background water.

ART – Prismatic Poinsettias

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Schooled in Love:  Prismatic PoinsettiasLast year, my 6/7 class painted lots of paper.  We had it strung up all over the place, but we never got to actually use it for a project.  When they were a 5/6 class, those kids tore paper into leaf and petal shapes to make their poinsettias, and they used regular construction paper to do this.

For my new 5/6 students, we kicked it up a few notches.  We used the painted papers from last year, and they turned out great!

We drew petal and leaf shapes (for poinsettias, they’re pretty much the same) onto the chosen painted papers.  I had lots of oranges and blues for the petals, and reserved the greens for the leaves.  Then, we cut them out and positioned the parts where we wanted them, and then we glued everything down.  To make it even more elegant, we used gold or silver oil pastels to outline the petals and give them their veining.  Yellow oil pastels were used for the centers.  Don’t they look beautiful??

Art – Funky Chickens, pt. 2

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I did this project with my then 5th/6th-graders, so since I have a new group of 5th/6th-graders, I decided it was time to do it again.  It was such a success last time, and the kids had a great time with it!   Here’s the original posting.

I did change a couple of things this time.  First, instead of having each partner draw in the grass, I had the original artist do all of it after the chicken was done.  Second, instead of having the partner artist put in the egg, I let the original artist do that as well.

I love these chickens!

Art – Bad Hair Day

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I just love my 3rd/4th grade group.  It’s new for me to have students this young, and I’m finding that I love this class more and more each time we meet.  I’m able to keep the assignments age-appropriate, and they’re having fun while learning.  I only have 4 kids in the class, but that’s a really great amount, because my helper and I are able to work with them one-on-one.

I adapted this project from one I found on the internet.  For the hair, we worked on patterns and colors.

Art – Chalk Resist Reptiles

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My 5th/6th class had a good time with this one adapted from Dynamic Art Projects for Children.  It’s very colorful, and it gave me a chance to emphasize warm and cool colors as well as shapes.  This is their first time with me, and I want to make sure everyone has the fundamentals.  I have to also remind myself that these are kids who have often had NO exposure to art of any kind.  That makes it a little difficult when they are entering into a class with former students, but this class was all kinds of new, so I get to mold them however I want! I think they did a great job, for the first project of the year.

Art – Turkey Selfies

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Somehow, he knows what's coming...

Somehow, he knows what’s coming…

Somehow, he knew what was coming….

I passed out a sheet of cartoon eyes that depicted emotion to my 7th/8th grade class.  Then, I asked the kids to think about the idea of the Thanksgiving turkey having a smartphone, and on that smartphone would be pictures.  What would the final selfie of the turkey look like?  Did he (or she) know what’s coming, or was he completely and blissfully unaware?

At first, we make this all about the turkeys, and used chalk pastels, with the black oil pastels to outline and fill-in, on orange paper.  They were fine like that, but I felt like it could use something else, so we made backgrounds of the turkey farms and they REALLY came alive!  The backgrounds were made using colored pencils and watercolors.

Caution… the expressions of the turkeys and their unique farms are pretty dang funny.